Since the first mutual recognition arrangements were signed between professional orders in Québec and France in 2010, close to 1,100 French candidates have been granted permits to practise their profession in Québec under a Québec-France agreement.
Partial data as of December 31, 2013, were released during a symposium on the international potential and future prospects of the Québec-France model for mutual recognition of professional qualifications, held in Montréal on January 27.
Over 640 nurses, close to 100 doctors, 70 lawyers, 57 social workers and 35 engineers have been granted the right to work in Québec.
According to Minister Jean-François Lisée, “We have to emphasize the joint ability of professions in Québec and France, of professional orders, to overcome all obstacles in order to sign specific, flexible, rigorous and adaptable arrangements, which are now a base on which we can build.”
Organized jointly by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute and the Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec (CIQ – association of professional orders of Québec), the symposium was aimed at analysing and discussing efforts deployed in the area of recognition of professional qualifications.
It was also an ideal forum for raising awareness of Québec’s expertise in the area and bolstering relations between the Québec government and the competent authorities.
Reproducing the Québec-France model
The symposium explored possibilities for reproducing the Québec-France model in other countries. The speakers raised the issues of integrating people into the labour market and adapting the agreement to new legal and cultural contexts.
In closing, Jean-François Lisée invited professional orders and other stakeholders to play an active role in the process of mutual recognition of professional qualifications, which is included in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Québec-France agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications
Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec
Migration Policy Institute