News release

New Health Professionals Program Win-Win for Industry and Newcomers

Business and innovation | June 20, 2014

The City of Mississauga, in partnership with BioTalent Canada, announced a new project today funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, entitled Alternate Career Pathways for Internationally Educated Health Professionals.

The three-year project will work with life sciences stakeholders to identify transferable skills and find solutions for integrating foreign-trained talent into the bio-health industry.

“This project is a win-win for Mississauga.  Our life sciences companies need access to the right talent and our growing multicultural population will get help finding employment in their fields of expertise,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion.

According to the City’s Economic Development office, Mississauga’s immigrant population represents 52.9 per cent of the population and the city continues to see growth in the arrival of newcomers.  Mississauga’s immigrant population grew by 31,000 people over the last census period (2006-2011).

“Mississauga’s life sciences cluster is a Canadian leader with over 280 life sciences companies, employing over 25,000 people; a powerful economic driver and contributor to global healthcare,” said Susan Amring, Director, Economic Development.  “This new project will be a valuable resource to help highly skilled, foreign-trained professionals establish careers in Mississauga.”

Mayor McCallion and Amring will showcase Mississauga’s life sciences sector at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego, California from June 23-26.  The City will be represented in the Ontario Pavilion during the conference and will also host a roundtable meeting with life sciences organizations and Mississauga businesses to discuss challenges and opportunities.

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