Foreign qualification recognition (FQR)

FQR promotes fair and accurate recognition of qualifications and skills of immigrants by regulatory organizations and employers.

Recognizing International Qualifications

People from around the world come to Alberta to work and live. They bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our workforce and adds to the cultural diversity of our province.

Alberta's Foreign Qualification Recognition Plan includes an Innovation Fund to support stakeholders in developing the tools and resources they need to improve FQR systems and practices.

Apply for Innovation Fund Project Grants

Get your credentials assessed

If you need to have your international academic credentials assessed, visit International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS).

For recognition of professional qualifications, apply to the relevant professional regulatory organization.

FQR resources

Immigrant Access Fund
Information about micro loans for the accreditation, training and upgrading of internationally trained immigrants.

Canadian Immigrant Integration Program
Watch a video that highlights some supports and services for newcomers who are finalizing their immigration requirements to come to Canada.

Navigating the Interview Videos and Guide
Videos and guide help applicants understand the Canadian interview process, improve job interview skills and explain to employers their skills and experience. Also helps employers understand and assess the skills of internationally educated applicants.

Working in Alberta

Transferring your credentials
Access resources to determine which occupations and trades are regulated in Alberta, and whether you need to have your foreign-earned qualifications assessed.

Occupational profiles
Learn about over 500 occupations – from duties, salaries and advancement opportunities to personal characteristics and educational qualifications.

Reports

A Foreign Qualification Recognition Plan for Alberta
Alberta's plan to improve recognition of immigrants' foreign-earned qualifications, training and experience.

FQR Progress reports 2010 - 2013
Progress made in recognizing foreign-earned qualifications to help newcomers work in their field of education and experience.

Pan-Canadian FQR publications

A Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

Alberta supports the implementation of A Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications (the Framework). The Framework provides vision, guiding principles and desired outcomes for improving the assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications in regulated occupations in Canada. More information about the Framework is provided at the Forum of Labour Market Ministers’ website.

An Action Plan for Better Foreign Qualifications Recognition

Action Plan launched by federal, provincial and territorial governments to renew efforts under the Framework to address remaining foreign qualification recognition challenges.

Workplace diversity and inclusion

Free online interactive tool helps employers bring workplace diversity and inclusion to their organizations.

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This course uses questions and practical examples to help employers understand:

  • the changing face of Canada
  • the need for strong intercultural communication in the workplace
  • the benefits of a culturally diverse workplace in improving business opportunities
  • how to build and create a welcoming and inclusive organization

Contact

To connect with the Foreign Qualification Recognition Team:

Email: FQRPlan@gov.ab.ca