Principles of The Labour Mobility Chapter

Protection of the public interest is key

One of the most important duties of regulatory authorities is to protect the public. Governments want to have full Labour Mobility, where possible, but still protect the public interest.

Governments and regulatory authorities can set standards

Governments and regulatory authorities can set the standards they think are needed to protect the public interest. Most often, there is already consistency in occupational standards across Canada. In some rare cases, governments have additional certification requirements for workers certified by another government.

There are different ways to obtain certification

Governments agree that there can be different ways for a worker to get the necessary skills, knowledge andabilities they need for certification in a regulated occupation. The Labour Mobility Chapter of the CFTA states that a provincial, territorial or federal difference in certification criteria (for example, the type or length of an educational/training program required for certification) is not a reason on its own to refuse certification to a worker who is already certified in another province or territory.

The LMWG was established by the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM). Labour Mobility Coordinators from all governments that signed the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) participate on the working group.