Sheryl Smolkin

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is trying to make it easier for foreign-trained immigrants to get professional accreditation and find a job in their field.

When Iraqi-trained engineer Hiam Al Sabery came to Canada in 2005, in eight months he sent resumes to over 250 companies and didn’t land a single interview. As a result, the savings he brought with him which he hoped to use to buy a house was quickly eroded by his family’s everyday expenses.

Al Sabery has an engineering degree from the University of Baghdad and wanted to become licensed in Ontario. However, to meet the requirements he had to work for a full year in Canada under the supervision of a licensed engineer.

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Source: Toronto Star