19. Does the CFTA apply to internationally trained workers” in both languages?
Often, regulatory bodies have requirements for upgrading or annual professional development for their members such as continuing education, professional development, hours worked within a certain time period, and so on. This information is often available on the regulatory body’s website. If you have met the upgrading/annual professional development requirements in the province or territory you are coming from, the regulatory body in the province or territory you are moving to must recognize your certification unless an exception to Labour Mobility has been publically posted by the government of the province or the territory. Therefore, under the Labour Mobility provisions of the CFTA, a regulatory body in another jurisdiction cannot require a certified worker moving from another province or territory to meet its upgrading/professional development requirements upon initial application for certification.
However, once certified, workers are expected to meet the upgrading/annual professional development requirements in the province/territory where they have relocated. If a member does not meet these requirements, a regulatory body could determine that the member is not in good standing.
For example, if province A has mandatory continuing education/professional development requirements for a given occupation and province B has no required continuing education hours, the regulatory body in province A must recognize the certificate of workers moving from province B. Once certified, however, workers are expected to meet the upgrading/professional development requirements in province A.
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