For those regulated occupations that have a significant difference in occupational standards, provincial or territorial government may approve an exception to the “certificate-to-certificate” principle provided the exception is justified by one of the legitimate objectives.

In most cases, exceptions exist where there is a significant difference across jurisdictions in the activities required to perform an occupation. Differences in certification pathways do not in and of themselves provide a basis for exception or the non-recognition of a certified worker. Exceptions can only be applied if there is strong supporting evidence of an actual material deficiency in skills, knowledge or ability required to perform the scope of practice of an occupation.

Any additional material requirements imposed must not be more restrictive to Labour Mobility than necessary and must not create a disguised barrier to Labour Mobility.
A complete list of approved Labour Mobility exceptions by occupation or by province or territory can be found on our website.