Important dates

There are no open calls for proposals at this time.

When funding is available, the Foreign Qualification Recognition (FQR) Team will launch a call for proposals. Check back here for updates.

What we fund

Since the FQR Innovation Fund was launched in 2009, we have provided over $8 million in funding for more than 80 projects to:

  • streamline the processes for the assessment and recognition of foreign processes
  • develop up-to-date, plain language information for FQR processes
  • develop programs that bridge to licensure or to professional certification and prepare internationally trained Albertans to meet our professional standards
  • enhance bridge-to-employment programs to help internationally trained Albertans enter the workforce
  • help employers integrate and retain internationally trained Albertans


Eligible applicants

These Canadian-based organizations can apply for Innovation Fund grants:

  • professional regulatory organizations
  • employers
  • immigrant-serving organizations
  • post-secondary institutions
  • business/consulting firms
  • non-governmental organizations

The Principal Applicant (and any co-applicant):

  • cannot be employees of the Government of Alberta
  • must have the qualifications and appropriate expertise to implement the proposed project
  • must agree to data sharing within the time period outlined in the grant agreement
  • must provide reports within the time period outlined in the grant agreement
  • must be willing to complete evaluation surveys, collect and report on measurable outcomes and provide information/summary resources in layman's terms

Eligible projects

Proposed projects

  • should meet the call for proposal's funding priorities
  • should typically be completed within 18 months
  • must remove barriers to licensure and employment and change foreign qualification recognition systems for the better so that in the medium and long term many current or prospective Albertans can benefit

Ineligible projects

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • projects to cover the administration of existing programs
  • ongoing operation costs once a program is established

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for FQR Innovation Fund Project Grants.

Step 1. Check you eligibility

Review the eligibility criteria to determine if you qualify for this grant

Step 2. Download the proposal materials

When the next call for proposals opens, visit this page to download the Innovation Fund Project Grant Application Guidelines.

Step 3. Complete your application

Based on the application guidelines, prepare an 8 to 10 page project proposal that details:

  • qualifications of team members
  • project plan (timeline, budget, required resources, a sustainability plan)
  • intended outcomes and how these will be measured

Step 4. Gather your documents

  • cover page
  • project proposal
  • additional documents, if required

Step 5. Send in application

By closing date, email your application as a Microsoft Word attachment to: [email protected]

After you apply

Step 1. Initial screening

  • the Grants Review Committee reviews all proposals and creates a shortlist
  • the Committee contacts shortlisted applicants; they may ask applicants to send additional project details

Step 2. Presentations by shortlisted applications

  • shortlisted applicants may be asked to meet with the Committee on an arranged date to present their proposals

Step 3. Final decision

  • the Committee and senior Ministry officials make a final decision on projects to be awarded grants

Projects funded

Professional regulatory organizations

  • 2015

    College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta

    Determined the minimum standards for acupuncture education, including admission requirements, core curriculum, minimum length of program, instructor qualification requirement and teaching facility requirement.

    Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS)

    Carried out an initial research project to establish clearly the target audience and potential clientele for CIPS’ Skill Competency Online Assessment.

  • 2013

    Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP)

    Developed an online ethics and jurisprudence learning module.

    College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)

    Added database fields to capture scope of professional practice and client types.

    College of Dietitians of Alberta (CDA)

    Created 4 web-based interactive bridging courses for internationally educated dietitians in collaboration with University of Alberta.

    Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta

    Set up a Connector program to develop professional networks for Internationally Educated Accountants.

    Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association

    1. Conducted a review and evaluation of international physiotherapy accreditation programs.
    2. Created a multiple-choice knowledge-based online evaluating exam for internationally educated physiotherapists giving access to the national qualifying exam.
  • 2011

    The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)

    Developed training seminars on technical report writing and how to succeed in the professional practice exam (PPE), which internationally educated applicants are required to pass to register in Alberta.

    The Alberta Association of Architects

    Designed and developed online brochures clearly and adequately explaining the process and requirements of registering as an architect in Alberta.

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA)

    Conducted focus group research to explore issues and challenges faced by foreign-trained accountants applying for certification with ICAA. Piloted an ICAA mentorship program to provide foreign-trained accountants with one-on-one guidance, advice and expertise of an experienced CA.

    Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta

    Contracted a Diversity Advisor to work towards improving the success of internationally educated accounting professionals, to guide the foreign-trained applicants and to conduct research and collect data to inform long-term strategies.

    Developed and administered cultural diversity training to all CMA instructors, so that they are aware and empathetic to the challenges faced by newcomers.

    Developed an automated statistical tool gauging international student success in the accreditation process.

    The Law Society of Alberta (LSA)

    Undertook a study to determine and understand the needs of foreign-trained lawyers as they are working towards registration in Alberta.

    College of Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CDHA)

    Created a new standardized process to assess the clinical competence of international dental hygiene program graduates who apply for registration in Alberta and other Canadian jurisdictions.

    College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA)

    Online portal so potential foreign-trained applicants can access accurate information on the application process and requirements for registration in Alberta.

    Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association

    Developed a standardized pre-bridging competency based assessment used to evaluate the knowledge, skills, abilities and practice readiness of internationally trained physiotherapists.

    Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)

    Developed and implemented online resources that assisted internationally educated applicants in the process of registering with ACSLPA and allow them to monitor the status of their application.

    Developed resources to support successful outcomes for internationally trained applicants completing their supervised practice requirements.

    College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

    Created a single standardized and streamlined assessment process for Internationally Educated Nurses seeking registration to practice as licensed professional nurses in Alberta.

  • 2010

    Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)

    Performed research on internationally trained social workers and their experiences in obtaining accreditation to identify barriers and mechanisms to address them.

    Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta

    Developed an online assessment and transcript evaluation tool.

    Developed and launched a new website to help internationally trained accountants find student or professional work placements.

    College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

    Reviewed current information resources for internationally trained nurses posted on CARNA's website to identify possible communication issues.

    College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)

    Upgraded the current information management system and database to expedite the registration process for international applicants.

    College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta (CHAPA)

    Developed a registrant database that will allow the college to track information on internationally trained applicants and their credentials.

    College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

    Developed resources specifically designed for internationally educated nurses, including: a resources guide to assist in integration; a self-study module, Orientation to Canadian Healthcare.

    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

    Created resources designed for internationally trained applicants to clearly explain how to prepare application documents to increase successful outcomes.

    Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)

    Developed reference packages and e-tools (e.g., how-to videos) for foreign applicants to improve accessibility and transparency of qualifications assessment processes.

  • 2009

    Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP)

    Database enhancements enabled the college to provide reports with statistics about foreign-trained candidate and help government develop recommendations for future actions.

    Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA)

    A new section on the institute's website provided information addressing the needs and concerns of internationally trained agrologists.

    College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta

    New web resources were developed that explain the scope of competencies of podiatrists in Alberta and describe the registration requirements.

    College of Dietitians of Alberta (CDA)

    The college developed an online self-assessment tool that international applicants can use before they arrive in Alberta.

    College of Opticians of Alberta (COA)

    The college developed online registration and an online Prior Learning Assessment examination to support better outcomes for internationally trained opticians.

    College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

    An interactive portal within the CPSA website was developed that allows international medical graduates to do a preliminary self-assessment of their eligibility for medical licensure in Alberta.

    Developed a standardized process now used to assess the clinical practice readiness of international medical graduates who wish to practice medicine in Alberta.

    Online application was developed for international medical graduates who are not qualified for independent practice that allows them to apply for limited supervised practice.

    Developed an automated connection between online application and the registration system, which streamlines and expedites application processing and assessment.

    Developed a computerized system that generates statistical reports on the success rate and duration of the international medical graduate’s application process.

    College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA)

    The college created a database that enables data collection and reporting, as well as developing assessment processes and resources for foreign-educated applicants.

    Alberta Land Surveyors' Association

    The association analyzed currently available information on foreign-trained applicants and reviewed processes of assessing foreign-trained applicants.

    College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)

    The college developed website content outlining the steps required to be licensed as a LPN in Alberta and an online membership database so applicants can obtain an instant update on the status of their application.

    Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association

    The college developed a web-based credential assessment tool and electronic repository of international physiotherapy programs, which streamline and expedite assessment processes for internationally trained physiotherapists.

    Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta

    Developed a community outreach program for internationally educated accountants and a regional credentials assessment system that increases the efficiency of assessment and streamlines entry into the profession for foreign applicants.

    Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)

    The association established a Fairness Committee that reviewed current practices and recommended changes that increased the effectiveness of resources for foreign-trained professionals.

    Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA)

    Conducted research, set up facilities and created testing materials so that the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) can be delivered at the University of Calgary, Veterinary Medicine.


  • 2015

    Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

    Developed an Employer Inclusivity Index tool for use by employers.

  • 2013

    NorQuest College

    The Navigating the Interview project created a series of video clips based on intercultural interviewing plus a facilitator's manual and related learning activities for immigrants and HR professionals.

  • 2012

    Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)

    Created and piloted a mentoring circles (group mentoring) program focused on Small and Medium Enterprises.

    Shift Management

    Created 9 workplace cultural competency online training modules, 3 each aimed at employers and immigrants and a further 3 with cross-stakeholder issues.

    Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA)

    HRIA created an employer information toolkit on hiring internationally trained individuals.

Internationally trained Albertans

  • 2015

    Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association

    Developed an online professional networking platform to support, mentor, facilitate communication and share evidence-informed resources within the Internationally Educated Physiotherapists community.

    Bow Valley College

    Developed an online version of the College’s preparation course for the National Professional Practice Exam for engineers and engineering technologists.

Immigrant-serving organizations

  • 2013

    Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC)

    Implemented a database system to assist with managing ERIEC's successful mentorship program.


Connect with the Foreign Qualification Recognition Team:
Email: [email protected]

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