In 2011, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner embarked on an ambitious endeavour: the first comprehensive assessment of professional registration practices to be conducted in Canada.
Between September 2011 and August 2012, the OFC completed 37 assessments. While the process found regulators to be generally working in good faith to adhere to their fair-access duties, it highlighted 12 key areas for further improvement and made wide-ranging recommendations.
Internationally trained applicants struggle to take their place in Ontario professions. Applications and membership both climbed at slower rates for internationally trained applicants than for Ontario applicants.
Since the introduction of the fair-access law, the number of internationally trained professionals licensed to practise in Ontario has grown almost 20%. Nevertheless, applicants continue to experience challenges with regard to recognition of international training and experience, as well as the length, cost and complexity of the registration process.
|Top 12 areas for improvement||How improvements contribute to fair access|
To ensure no one is excluded unfairly, regulators must be able to explain why requirements are necessary and relevant for safe and competent professional practice.
Assessment needs to be more flexible, going beyond a narrow focus on academic credentials to recognize the variety of ways individuals develop professional knowledge and skills.
||More accessible information and efficient processes would help all qualified professionals both begin and complete the registration process without unnecessary expense or delay.|
||Well-trained decision-makers ensure consistent, fair and impartial assessments and registration decisions.|
||Improved information and better access to records for
applicants are critical to ensuring effective access to appeals.
Click on the links below to read the summaries.
|Profession||Implementation complete by May 31, 2013 (Y/N)||2012 total membership|
|Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists||Y||3,606|
|Early Childhood Educators||Y||41,462|
|Engineering Technicians and Technologists||Y||16,870|
|Medical Laboratory Technologists||Y||7,684|
|Medical Radiation Technologists||Y||6,784|
|Paralegals||not applicable (no recommendations)||4,912|
|Physicians and Surgeons||Y||37,684|
|Social Service Workers||Y||1,795|
Please note that assessments and deadlines for action plans were staggered.