Veterinarians, agrologists, custom pesticide and manure applicators and animal health technologists, among others, may now more easily take their qualifications from province to province as part of a new interprovincial trade deal.
Chapter 7 of the provinces’ Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), dealing with labour mobility between provinces, took effect April 1.
Under the chapter, someone who’s certified as qualified to practise an occupation in a Canadian province or territory will now be recognized and able to practise their occupation in any other Canadian jurisdiction.
Unless a province requires a specific exception from the rule so as to achieve what’s deemed a “legitimate objective,” such as protecting health and safety, then occupations in each province that are certified by a provincial regulatory authority must become AIT-compliant.
Each province will remain responsible for maintaining and monitoring the requirements that are in place by way of provincial legislation for regulated occupations.
“Improved labour mobility within Canada will create a more stable, attractive climate for business investment,” Manitoba’s provincial trade minister Andrew Swan said in a release last week.
“Addressing issues related to skills shortages in many regions of the country will create more opportunities to fill gaps in the labour force, placing Canada in a positive position to enhance our competitiveness in an expanding global economy.”