Is your current profession regulated in Ontario?
There are two types of jobs in Ontario: regulated and non-regulated. Your settlement worker or employment counsellor can provide you with information to help you understand your employment options and you can check the Government of Canada’s Job Bank to find out if your occupation is regulated or not. The Job Bank can also provide detailed labour market information for different jobs and locations.
You can also check with Global Experience Ontario to find out if your profession is regulated. They help internationally trained people qualify for professional practice in Ontario. You can email, call them at 416-327-9694 or register for one of their free live webinars for more information.
A regulated profession is controlled by provincial or federal law. It is also governed by a regulatory body. Regulation is intended to protect the safety of Canadians by ensuring professionals meet certain standards.
The two main types of jobs regulated in Ontario include:
- Regulated occupations, such as physicians and lawyers
- Skilled trades, such as plumbers and electricians
If you want to work in a regulated job, you must be certified by the regulatory body. Regulatory bodies have authority to:
- Set entry requirements and standards to assess your credentials
- Certify, register or license qualified applicants
- Regulate people operating in that occupation
Requirements for entry into a regulated trade include:
- Technical examinations
- Supervised work experience
- Language competency
It can take some time to get a license. If you were trained outside of Canada, you may want to get a non-regulated job in your field while you go through this process. This can be a good way to gain experience.
Health Force Ontario provides information about how to obtain your license in health care professions.