The following definitions are taken from the Agreement on Internal Trade and the Chapter 7 Guidelines for your reference.



A worker who holds a certificate, license, registration or other form of official recognition issued by a regulatory authority of a Party which attests to the worker being qualified and, where applicable, authorized to practice a particular occupation or to use a particular occupational title in the territory of that Party. For greater certainty, “certified” does not include only having work experience in a given occupation gained within a Party where certification is not required in order to practice that occupation.


The Forum of Labour Market Ministers;

Legitimate Objective means one or more of the following objectives pursued within the territory of a Party:

  • public security and safety;
  • public order;
  • protection of human, animal or plant life or health;
  • protection of the environment;
  • consumer protection;
  • protection of the health, safety and well-being of workers;
  • provision of adequate social and health services to all its geographic regions;* and
  • programs for disadvantaged groups.
National Occupational Analysis

A document developed pursuant to the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program that details tasks and subtasks performed by workers in a trade.

Non-Governmental Body

With or without authority delegated by law, includes professional corporations and associations, hospitals, health units, long-term care facilities, clinics, other health care/service organizations and authorities, professional regulatory bodies, school authorities, universities, colleges and other educational and training institutions, trade unions and industry associations.

Non-Governmental Body That Exercises Authority Delegated by Law

Any non-governmental body to whom authority has been delegated by provincial or federal statute to set or implement measures related to:

  • the establishment of occupational standards or certification requirements;
  • the assessment of the qualifications of workers against established occupational standards or certification requirements; or
  • the official recognition that an individual meets established occupational standards or certification requirements.

A set of jobs which, with some variation, are similar in their main tasks or duties or in the type of work performed.

Occupational Standard

The skills, knowledge and abilities required for an occupation as established by a regulatory authority of a Party and against which the qualifications of an individual in that occupation are assessed.

Regulatory Authority of a Party

 A department, ministry or similar agency of government of a Party or a non-governmental body that exercises authority delegated by law.

Regulatory authorities can also be referred to as regulatory bodies or simply as regulators.

Scope of Practice for an occupation

The range of activities that a qualified practitioner of an occupation may practice. It establishes the boundaries of an occupation, especially in relation to other occupations where similar activities may be performed.


An individual, whether employed, self-employed or unemployed, who performs or seeks to perform work for pay or profit; and worker of a Party means a worker resident in the territory of a Party.

Additional Terms & Acronyms used on the Website


AIT Agreement on Internal Trade

Committee on Internal Trade


A group of provincial/territorial regulatory authorities and/or other stakeholders working cooperatively to enhance labour mobility across jurisdictions, within a specific occupation.


Labour Mobility Working Group


Having not practiced an occupation under the certification of a regulatory authority, during a specified period of time (number of years) set by the regulatory authority.


Forum of Labour Market Ministers


Foreign Qualification Recognition