Foreign-Trained Workers


Brochure: How to Start and Operate an Immigrant Construction Employment Program (2010)

This brochure introduces and briefly describes the immigrant construction employment model and the Implementation Guide, and tells users where they can learn more.

How to Start and Operate an Immigrant Construction Employment Program, Implementation Guide (2010)

This guide provides instructions on how to implement an immigrant construction employment program, as well as tools and templates that can be used or adapted for the purpose. The resource is based on a pilot project of the Immigrant Skilled Trades Employment Program (ISTEP).

International Comparison of Training and Certification Systems for Red Seal Trades (2009)

    This report describes the development of a benchmarking framework and the identification of trades and countries to map against the Canadian Red Seal trades training and certification system. It also describes the pilot test of the benchmarking methodology used to map selected trades (Electrician and Plumber) against the training and certification systems in South Africa and the Philippines.

    International Comparison of Training and Certification Systems for Red Seal Trades, Benchmarking Framework (2009)

    This document provides a framework for comparing trades training and certification systems in other countries with Canada’s Red Seal trades training and certification system. It may be used to:

    • facilitate the recognition of training and qualifications
    • conduct knowledge and skills gap analyses
    • assess qualification gaps and target recruitment efforts
    • assess prior knowledge
    • design, develop and evaluate retooling interventions
    • calibrate the Red Seal standards
    • inform Mutual Recognition Agreements’ initiatives
    Foreign Credential Recognition Construction Industry Strategy (2007)

    Based on a Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) workshop hosted by the Construction Sector Council (now BuildForce Canada) and the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), this strategy is designed to help newly arrived foreign-trained workers enter the construction workforce. 

    Foreign Credential Recognition Workshop summary (2007)

    This report summarizes discussions that took place at the Joint Construction Sector Council (now BuildForce Canada)/Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship Foreign Credential Recognition Workshop held in December 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. The workshop explored how to help newly arrived foreign-trained workers enter the construction workforce. 

    Temporary Foreign Workers in the Canadian Construction Industry: An Analysis of Programs and Mechanisms (2007)

    This report presents the findings of a 2007 study of the programs and mechanisms that employers use to bring temporary foreign workers (TFWs) into Canada and onto the construction job site.

    Foreign Credential Recognition: How do I find out? An analysis of information available to immigrating tradespersons (2006)

    This research report describes resources and information available to newcomers to Canada who are interested in the construction industry.

    Foreign Credential Recognition: How it works outside of Canada, An international comparison of the FCR process (2006)

    This report documents existing and innovative approaches to Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR). It focuses on Canada, the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

    A Study of Assessment and Recognition of Foreign-Trained Worker Credentials in the Construction Industry (2005)

    This research report outlines how foreign credentials and experience are assessed and recognized in the construction industry. The study is based on information from apprenticeship offices, government, owners, contractors, contractor associations, labour groups, credential recognition agencies, educational institutions and immigrant-serving agencies.