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About IQN

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Overview

The IQN Web site was developed in response to partners' call for a tool to promote collaborating on information related to the assessment and recognition of international qualifications. The IQN Web site enables registered members to share information about their own initiatives, and provide feedback on others' initiatives.

Review the evolution of the IQN to learn more about the history of the IQN and see what is planned for future additions to the Web site.

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IQN Vision

To ensure successful integration of internationally-trained individuals by creating a virtual, far-reaching network of subject-matter partners who work together to build on international qualifications assessment and recognition practices across Canada.

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IQN Mission

To inform international qualifications assessment and recognition in Canada by:

  1. Building knowledge: Contribute to the ongoing identification, research and analysis of the needs, priorities, opportunities and challenges of issues related to international qualifications assessment and recognition;
  2. Learning what works: Share lessons learned and other information related to international qualifications assessment and recognition.
  3. Building professional networks: Help partners and stakeholders to strengthen existing networks and to build new, professional relationships with others who share common interests.
  4. Working together: Encourage collaborative approaches in developing solutions to issues related to international qualification assessment and recognition.

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IQN Administration

The IQN Web site is administered by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). The FCRO is a Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and offers internationally trained and educated individuals authoritative and accurate information on the Canadian labour market and Canada's credential assessment processes. The office provides path-finding and referral services to immigrants. These services are offered overseas and in Canada to help immigrants apply their skills and credentials in the Canadian labour market.

Overseas, the FCRO provides prospective immigrants with information on foreign credential assessment and recognition processes in Canada.  Visit the FCRO to learn about its projects and services.

In addition to the administration of the IQN Web site, the FCRO also provides secretariat support to the IQN Advisory Council.

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IQN Advisory Council

Mandate

The IQN Advisory Council plays an important consultative role that influences how the IQN Web site is administered by the FCRO. The Council provides strategic advice to the FCRO on how best to define the operational guidelines of the IQN Web site, how the Web site is perceived and used by its membership and influence how all jurisdictions build and strengthen the body of knowledge on the subject of international qualification assessment and recognition in Canada.

Read the Advisory Council's Terms of Reference to learn more about its roles and responsibilities.

Members

The International Qualifications Network Advisory Council is comprised of 20 members who demonstrate strong leadership and expertise on issues related to International Qualification assessment and/or recognition in Canada.

Meetings

The inaugural Advisory Council meeting was held on July 7, 2010. Learn more about the outcomes of the meeting.

The second meeting of the IQN Advisory Council was held in Ottawa, Ontario on December 6, 2011 where the IQN Website was officially launched.  Learn more about the discussions and outcomes of this meeting.

The third meeting of the IQN Advisory Council was held on October 18, 2012 in Ottawa and via Webinar.

The fourth meeting of the IQN Advisory Council was held on January 8, 2013 in Ottawa and via Webinar. 

The next meeting of the Advisory Council is slated for the March 2013. Contact us if you would like to propose agenda items to be discussed at Council's meeting.

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Evolution of the IQN

March 2013

On March 13, 2013, the first annual IQN Awards Ceremony was hosted at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Learn more about the awards and see pictures taken at the awards ceremony.

Winter 2012

Learn about the IQN engagement sessions held across Canada.

December 2011

The second meeting of the IQN Advisory Council was held in Ottawa, Ontario on December 6, 2011 where the IQN Website was officially launched. Possible future enhancements for members as well as information management strategies for the IQN were explored. Learn more about these discussions and next steps.

July and September 2011

Learn about the IQN early adopter sessions held across Canada.

July 2010

The inaugural meeting of the IQN Advisory Council was held in Gatineau, Quebec. Learn more about the IQN Advisory Council.

The Mission and Vision for the IQN Web site was completed, along with various guidelines for granting memberships and posting initiatives to the Web site.

April 2010

Over 110 stakeholders from across Canada participated in focus test sessions of a preliminary version of the IQN Web site. The purpose of the focus testing was to solicit feedback on different aspects of the site such as look and feel, functionality, and specific terminology related to foreign qualification recognitions. Feedback recorded at the focus test sessions was later used to inform the development of the IQN Web site.
Learn more about the focus testing and to obtain a detailed report.

November 2009

Federal, provincial and territorial governments reached agreement on a Pan-Canadian Framework (the Framework). As part of the Framework agreement, governments will work to achieve a number of desired outcomes such as ensuring: "Information regarding assessment approaches and tools is available online, and opportunities exist for practitioners and other affected stakeholders to share best practices regarding assessments" (Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), A Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, 2009, p.8. Print and Web). http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/publications/fcr/pcf.shtml

FCRO facilitated a series of in-person consultations with 100 key stakeholders across Canada. A low level prototype was used to engage participants on the proposed aspects of the Web site, with the view to further refine the design and development requirements of the IQN.
Learn more about the outcomes of the November 2009 information sessions.

June 2009

FCRO organized a full-day workshop in Ottawa with over 120 stakeholders to:

  • Determine the scope of the IQN Web site;
  • Explore how best to harness Web-based technology to share information;
  • Examine ways to engage partners and stakeholders.

Learn more about the outcomes of the June 2009 workshop.

January 2009

Budget 2009 expressed the Government of Canada's pledge to support provincial, territorial and stakeholder efforts in the development of a common approach to foreign qualifications recognition.

To support this initiative, $1.5 million was earmarked over two years for the development of the IQN to showcase the foreign credential assessment and recognition activities underway across Canada.