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Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
 
January 2013No. 172
A COMMENTARY ON LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
This newsletter (which does not contain legal advice) ispublished by Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc, a law firmpractising in the field of professional regulation. If you arenot receiving a copy and would like one, please contact:Richard SteineckeSteinecke Maciura LeBlanc401 Bay Street, Suite 2308Toronto, Ontario M5H 2Y4Telephone: 416-626-6897 Facsimile: 416-593-7867E-Mail: rsteinecke@sml-law.com
 
Grey Areas 
is also available on ourwebsite:www.sml-law.com.Some back issues are also available.
WANT TO REPRINT AN ARTICLE
 
A number of readers have asked to reprintarticles in their own newsletters. Our policyis that readers may reprint an article aslong as credit is given to both thenewsletter and the firm. Please send us acopy of the issue of the newsletter thatcontains a reprint from Grey Areas.
 
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.

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