Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
January 2013No. 172
A COMMENTARY ON LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
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Fairness Commissioner’s Report
Earlier this month the Ontario Office of theFairness Commissioner (OFC) issued areport of her assessment of the registration practices of Ontario’s professionalregulators. The report, entitled: “A FairWay to Go”, provides the OFC’sassessment of the state of mobility forinternationally trained professionals in Ontario after the OFC’s first five years of operation.The report provides an interesting perspective not only on mobility, but alsoon how the OFC will be implementing itsmandate over the next five years.Good news, from the regulator’s perspective includes the following:1.
Progress has been made.
Perhapsmost significantly, internationallytrained members have increasedtheir representation in Ontario’sregulated professions from 14% to16%. However, that is still belowtheir representation among theworking age population (19%) andfails to recognize that not allinternationally trained professionalswho are registered are working totheir full potential. The OFC alsocommented on a number of constructive changes made byregulators, includingreducedCanadian-experience requirements,alternative paths to licensing and areduced length in the licensing process for many. 2.
Recognition of broader socialcontext.
The OFC plainly states that the challenges for internationallytrained professionals cannot be solvedby the OFC and regulators alone. Shesingles out the need for both the provincial and the federalgovernments to address the issuesystemically, and in a coordinatedfashion. She is critical of somefederal immigration policies that duplicate the assessment of qualifications and delay the process.She also advocates for the provincialgovernment to coherently support mobility through its skilledimmigration policies, more accessibleeducational programs, more trainingspaces (e.g., for international medicalgraduates), increased languagetraining and bridging programs.