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2006 Partnership And Challenges Public Policy Forum Toronto

  1. 1. PROMPT <ul><li>Policy Roundtable Mobilizing Professions and Trades </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges? What partnerships are needed? </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Nikhat Rasheed </li></ul><ul><li>Public Policy Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Toronto – March 19, 2006 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who & What is PROMPT? <ul><li>PROMPT is the collective voice of Internationally Educated Persons (IEPs) represented by associations of immigrant professionals and community organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by Canadian Heritage, Multiculturalism Program, Voluntary Sector Initiative </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key Objectives <ul><li>To develop policy alternatives and recommendations to increase access to professions and trades for IEPs such that they can maximize their contributions to Canada </li></ul><ul><li>To develop the concept of equity and eliminate systemic inequities and the assumed deficiency of IEPs </li></ul><ul><li>To promote the role of immigrants in creating innovation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Canada & Globalization <ul><li>Immigrants are part of the transnational flow of people, ideas, production, investment and authority across borders in an already interconnected world </li></ul><ul><li>“ ..the protection of capital has outpaced governance for the protection of human well being..”, Boyce (2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Canada on low productivity path and facing labour market shortages of skills </li></ul>
  5. 5. Re-contextualizing Canada’s Globalization Vision <ul><li>Canada’s transition into a truly globalized knowledge economy rests on its ability to maximise the knowledge contribution of its population </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrant participation in public policy is part of the solution to current integration issues </li></ul>
  6. 6. Assumption of Deficiency <ul><li>Challenge : Society values equivalency, construes difference negatively, and lack of information </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to assumed inferiority of immigrant skills (e.g. employers survey 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to de-legitimization of work experience and lack of skills commensurate employment </li></ul><ul><li>Need to focus on Complementarity </li></ul>
  7. 7. Assumption of Deficiency <ul><li>Partnerships : IEPs, Tri-level governments, Employers, HR personnel, Chambers etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome : International skills and experience are an asset that makes Canada globally competitive </li></ul>
  8. 8. Public Policy Disconnects <ul><li>Challenges : Federal – Provincial – Local public policy disconnects: Immigration vs. Settlement </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships : Tri-level government, IEPs, Service Sector, IT </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome : Seamless continuum of settlement and integration </li></ul>
  9. 9. Policy & Program Design <ul><li>Challenges : Policy and programming disconnected from the individuals that are to be served, thus design is ineffective e.g. bridge training </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships : Tri-level government, IEPs </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome : Well designed, responsive policies and programs that address issues </li></ul>
  10. 10. Standards <ul><li>Challenges : “Standards” are inward looking so what is acceptable and desirable in always “Canadian” </li></ul><ul><li>Standards need to evolve to higher levels so that Canada can remain competitive in the global knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships : IEPs, Government, Chambers of Commerce, Other trade players </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes : Create global standards that facilitate the movement of human capital </li></ul>
  11. 11. Regulation <ul><li>Challenge : Regulation is problematic and not fulfilling its role to serve the ‘public interest’, needs to focus on not only equitable access but equality of outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Process needs to begin with regulatory review of all licensed professions in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility between provinces is problematic </li></ul>
  12. 12. Regulation <ul><li>Partnerships : IEPs, Government, Regulatory bodies, Independent committees </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes : Seamless process of regulation that focuses on equitable, fair and transparent processes and outcomes, allowing real public interested to be protected </li></ul>
  13. 13. Institutional Rigidity <ul><li>Combination of underlying assumptions, poor public policy flows, policy and program design, regulation and standards leads to institutional rigidity </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions not flexible and responsive to changing societal, skills and experience mixes </li></ul><ul><li>Need to “think outside the box” and focus on “innovation” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Contact <ul><li>Nikhat Rasheed </li></ul><ul><li>PROMPT Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>(416) 979 -8611 ext. 4310 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>