Educational Credential Assessments

18th Apr 2013 Comments Off on Educational Credential Assessments

Last updated on November 16th, 2021

An Educational Credential Assessment is a report by a designated company company that evaluates an individual’s foreign education and compares it to a Canadian equivalent. It is necessary to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, to get education points in Express Entry and for certain provincial nomination programs.

The designated organizations are:

The Medical Council of Canada has been designated only for those applicants who intend to apply with “specialist physician” or “general practitioner/family physician” as their primary occupation in their application.

I have browsed the websites of each of the above agencies, and produced the table below.  Getting educational credentials assessed is going to be a very time consuming process.  Right now the World Education Services website strongly suggests that it is faster, cheaper, and less document heavy than the other two organizations.  However, I would not be surprised if competition forces the other two organizations to change, and applicants are advised to check all websites to determine which one agency would be best for them.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) will follow what a designated entity states in its Educational Credential Assessment (an “ECA”).  In Ijaz v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 FC 67, the Federal Court of Canada affirmed that that visa officers can simply follow exactly what an ECA,

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Skilled Worker Non-Processing Letters Going Out

Skilled Worker Non-Processing Letters Going Out

18th Apr 2012 Comments Off on Skilled Worker Non-Processing Letters Going Out

And so it begins.  Citizenship and Immigration Canada has begun sending letters to Federal Skilled Worker Applicants who applied prior to February 27, 2008, that their applications will not be processed, and that they will soon be contacted regarding a refund.

Regardless of what one thinks of the merits of cancelling the backlog (I am sympathetic to both sides’ arguments), the way in which the Government of Canada is executing its decision to cancel the applications is problematic.  Indeed, I believe that the government is acting in a way that will lead to court intervention.

In brief, the government is cancelling these applications without having yet passed any legislative changes permitting them to do.  The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its Regulations still state that the affected applicants are eligible to immigrate to Canada.

From what I can tell, the Minister is currently governing through press release.  Ironically, the press release notes that the cancellation and refund of the above applications will occur as a result of “proposed legislation”.

The proposed legislation has not yet been introduced either in the House of Commons or in the Canada Gazette. Despite that, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is already cancelling applications.

Press releases cannot trump statute, and I predict an upcoming wave of successful litigation.

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Substituted Evaluations for Federal Skilled Worker Applicants [Updated]

1st Jun 2011 Comments Off on Substituted Evaluations for Federal Skilled Worker Applicants [Updated]

There is a myth amongst potential Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants that their application is guaranteed if they can get 67 points. This is not true for several reasons, including the possible use of substituted evaluations.

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The Federal Skilled Worker NOC List

29th Jun 2010 Comments Off on The Federal Skilled Worker NOC List

As part of its recent changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP“), the government has changed which National Occupational Classification (“NOC“) categories are eligible under the program. In short, the FSWP requires that a prospective immigrant either have a job offer or sufficient experience in a designated NOC occupation. These are typically occupations of which there are a shortage of skilled Canadians.

The following table shows the eligible NOC categories before and after the changes. It shows which occupations have been removed, and which have been added.





Computer and information systems managers


Managers in health care


Restaurant and food service managers

Restaurant and food service managers


Accommodation service managers


Construction managers


Financial auditors


Geologists, geochemists, geophysicists


Mining engineers


Geological engineers


Petroleum engineers


Specialists physicians

Specialist physicians


General practitioners and family physicians

General practitioners and family physicians




Occupational therapists





Head nurses


Registered nurses

Registered nurses


Medical radiation technologists

Medical radiation technologists


Licensed practical nurses

Licensed practical nurses


University professors


College and other vocational instructors

Executive chefs
Executive chefs





Contractors and supervisors (pipes)


Contractors and supervisors,

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