Winnipeg Free Press
October 22, 2008

Gerald Flood

An immigrant professional who arrived in Manitoba from Chile more than 20 years ago has been named the province’s first fairness commissioner to improve pathways to recognition and employment for skilled immigrants trying to establish careers in Manitoba, the province announced today.

Ximena Munoz will also be responsible to improve professional licensing practices for all Manitobans. Munoz was selected for the position through a competition conducted by the Civil Service Commission.

For more than two decades she has worked to improve settlement and labour market services for immigrants, the announcement said.

As director of the Manitoba Settlement and Labour Market Services Branch, she has worked extensively with provincial departments and with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Manitoba’s Settlement Strategy, developed under her leadership, set new directions for Manitoba to develop services and supports that meet the needs of increasing immigration to the province, it said.

She is to implement the Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act passed in to ensure that regulated professions are governed by registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.

Reference: Winnipeg Free Press