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The federal Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour has announced a new project to help internationally trained newcomers in Milton, ON get their foreign credentials recognized.

The Ministry will provide $650,000 in funding over two years to the CWB Group to develop the Newcomer Welding Professional Credential Assessment (NWPCA) Portal. The new portal will provide internationally trained welding professionals (ITWPs) with employment and training tools, and guidance on how to get foreign credentials recognized in Canada.

The investment is being made through the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP), which provides funding to provincial and territorial governments, regulatory bodies, national associations and credential assessment agencies. Governments and organizations use the funding for projects to streamline foreign credential recognition processes.

The FCRP also provides loans directly to newcomers to help them cover expenses related to getting their skills and training recognized. It also offers employment support services to help skilled newcomers get their first Canadian work experience in their profession and field of study.

"CWB Group is honoured to receive this Foreign Credential Recognition Program grant from Employment and Social Development Canada to develop a national welding professional credential assessment program,” said Michelle Stanford, CWB’s senior vice president, industry services. “This investment enables us to build a program and develop resources, which support the successful employment of welders across Canada. Newcomers to Canada and Canadian welding professionals will benefit by upgrading their skills and access a suite of career development services to help them secure employment in one of the many industries desperate for skilled welding professionals."

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