Issues of credentials recognition continue to be an area in which immigrants experience challenges and barriers to enter the labour market.

A recent study (TIEDI) shows that less than one quarter (1/4) of newcomers had checked the acceptability of their credentials before coming to Canada In order to enter the Canadian workforce in this sector, most of the sector experts advise making as many arrangements for integration as possible prior to the departure for Canada.

They strongly encourage planning professional integration before arrival. Another recent trend is that employed immigrants, who found their current job through personal initiative, family or friends and Canada Employment Centres, had the lowest average hourly wages.

Conversely, immigrants who found their current job through news stories, job fairs, the internet, Canada Employment Centres, or help wanted ads earned more than the Canadian-born who found their jobs through these means. Sector experts advise extending professional networking by becoming members of the relevant professional association.

[+] See the sample list of senior level jobs
[+] See the list of educational and training options
[+] See the list of Professional Associations. Evaluation of Credentials.