Projects funded

Projects funded

The following projects received FQR Innovation funding.

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Organization Project Description
2015
College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta Determined the minimum standards for acupuncture education, including admission requirements, core curriculum, minimum length of program, instructor qualification requirement and teaching facility requirement. This core curriculum will be used to assess substantial equivalency of internationally educated applicants.
Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS) Carried out an initial research project to establish clearly the target audience and potential clientele for CIPS’ Skill Competency Online Assessment. Information was gathered through surveys, focus groups and interviews conducted with internationally educated IT professionals and employers.
2013
Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) Developed an online ethics and jurisprudence learning module
College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) Added database fields to capture scope of professional practice and client types
College of Dietitians of Alberta (CDA) Created 4 web-based interactive bridging courses for internationally educated dietitians in collaboration with University of Alberta
Certified General Accountants of Alberta (CGA) (now Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta) Set up a Connector program to develop professional networks for Internationally Educated Accountants
College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association) I – Conducted a review and evaluation of international physiotherapy accreditation programs
College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association) II - Created a multiple-choice knowledge-based online evaluating exam for internationally educated physiotherapists giving access to the national qualifying exam
2011
The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) Developed training seminars on technical report writing and how to succeed in the professional practice exam (PPE), which internationally educated applicants are required to pass to register in Alberta.
The Alberta Association of Architects Designed and developed online brochures clearly and adequately explaining the process and requirements of registering as an architect in Alberta. The brochures were developed in several key languages.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) Conducted focus group research to explore issues and challenges faced by foreign-trained accountants applying for certification with ICAA.
Piloted an ICAA mentorship program to provide foreign-trained accountants with one-on-one guidance, advice and expertise of an experienced CA.
A pilot project aimed at validating the effectiveness of an alternative assessment process: competency-based Evaluation of Experience model was cancelled due to upcoming merger of accounting regulators.
Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta (CGAA) (now Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta) Contracted a Diversity Advisor to work towards improving the success of internationally educated accounting professionals; to guide the foreign-trained applicants; and to conduct research and collect data to inform long-term strategies. Diversity Advisor is now a permanent position, funded by the regulator.
Society of Management Accountants of Alberta (SMAA) (now Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta) Conducted focus group study with internationally trained students and recent CMA graduates to better understand the challenges they face in the accreditation process.
Developed and administered cultural diversity training to all CMA instructors, so that they are aware and empathetic to the challenges faced by newcomers.
Developed an automated statistical tool gauging international student success in the accreditation process.
Conducted focus groups with employers to gain a better understanding of the barriers internationally trained applicants face when seeking employment in Alberta.
The Law Society of Alberta (LSA) Undertook a study to determine and understand the needs of foreign-trained lawyers as they are working towards registration in Alberta. The project was also aimed at understanding the needs of key stakeholders in the process of integrating foreign-trained lawyers into the legal practice in Alberta. Based on the findings, a strategic plan to address the challenges and barriers was developed.
College of Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CDHA) Created a new standardized process to assess the clinical competence of international dental hygiene program graduates who apply for registration in Alberta and other Canadian jurisdictions.
College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA) Developed and implemented an interactive online portal so that potential foreign-trained applicants can access: accurate information on the application process and requirements for registration in Alberta; standardized language proficiency and integrated competency assessments; and an inventory of safe practice technology utilization in Alberta.
College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (CPTA) (now Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association) Developed a standardized pre-bridging competency based assessment which will be used to evaluate the knowledge, skills, abilities and practice readiness of internationally trained physiotherapists, and help determine the most appropriate entry-point to the Alberta bridging program (developed by CPTA with funding from Health Canada).
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) Developed and implemented online resources that will assist internationally educated applicants in the process of registering with ACSLPA and allow them to monitor the status of their application. Implemented improvements to ACSLPA database to help the college meet the FQR reporting requirements.
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) Developed resources to support successful outcomes for internationally trained applicants completing their supervised practice requirements. Developed written and digital materials for internationally trained applicants and their supervisor to clarify the requirements and expectation of the supervised practice. Improved progress-tracking mechanism.
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) Created a single standardized and streamlined assessment process for Internationally Educated Nurses seeking registration to practice as licensed professional nurses in Alberta, which is directly administered by CLPNA (assessment "repatriation" project).
2010
Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) Performed research on internationally trained social workers and their experiences in obtaining accreditation to identify barriers and mechanisms to address them; reviewed current assessment processes to identify those that allow the most favourable outcomes for applicants and which could be accepted across the country.
Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) Evaluated current practices and developed tools (e.g., study guides) and strategies that can help internationally trained applicants to be more successful in the application process and improve their chances of passing exams.
Certified Management Accountants of Alberta (CMA) (now Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta) Developed an online assessment and transcript evaluation tool. The tool will identify incomplete prerequisites and provide applicants with a list of institutions that offer those courses.
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Reviewed current information resources for internationally trained nurses posted on CARNA’s website to identify possible communication issues; enhanced information on the assessment and accreditation processes to ensure it is presented effectively and transparently.
College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) Upgraded the current information management system and database to expedite the registration process for international applicants. Developed an online pre-assessment tool accessible to candidates prior to their arrival in Alberta. Developed a volunteer-based mentoring program for internationally educated psychologists.
College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta (CHAPA) Developed comprehensive online information on the application process for internationally educated applicants. Developed a registrant database that will allow the college to track information on internationally trained applicants and their credentials. Provided overseas access to online exam preparation course.
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) Developed resources specifically designed for internationally educated nurses, including: a resources guide to assist in integration; a self-study module, Orientation to Canadian Healthcare; and an online self-assessment tool that will provide nurses with a good understanding of how their education and experience compare to Alberta’s registration requirements.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) (now Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta) Conducted focus groups to identify internationally educated accountants’ challenges in successfully writing the Uniform Evaluation Exam; developed a preparation course. Developed and launched a new website to help internationally trained accountants find student or professional work placements.
Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) (now Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, APEGA) Reviewed processes to find out where cultural differences may delay or reduce the chances of obtaining registration; provided training to staff members on cultural issues. Created resources designed for internationally trained applicants to clearly explain how to prepare application documents to increase successful outcomes.
Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) Developed reference packages and e-tools (e.g., how-to videos) for foreign applicants to improve accessibility and transparency of qualifications assessment processes.
2009
Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) Database enhancements enabled the college to provide reports with statistics about foreign-trained candidates and help government develop recommendations for future actions.
Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) A new section on the institute’s website provided information addressing the needs and concerns of internationally trained agrologists. New information resources and streamlined qualification assessment processes were developed.
Alberta Podiatry Association (APA) (now College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta) Research was conducted on selected international podiatric programs; new web resources were developed that explain the scope of competencies of podiatrists in Alberta and describe the registration requirements.
College of Dietitians of Alberta (CDA) The college developed an online self-assessment tool that international applicants can use before they arrive in Alberta.
College of Opticians of Alberta (COA) The college developed online registration and an online Prior Learning Assessment examination to support better outcomes for internationally trained opticians.
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) An interactive portal within the CPSA website was developed that allows international medical graduates to do a preliminary self-assessment of their eligibility for medical licensure in Alberta.
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) The college developed a standardized process now used to assess the clinical practice readiness of international medical graduates who wish to practice medicine in Alberta.
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) For international medical graduates who are not qualified for independent practice, an online application was developed to allow them to apply for limited supervised practice.
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) The college developed an automated connection between online application and the registration system, which streamlines and expedites application processing and assessment.
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) The college created a database that enables data collection and reporting, as well as developing assessment processes and resources for foreign-educated applicants.
Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association (ALSA) The association analyzed currently available information on foreign-trained applicants; reviewed processes of assessing foreign-trained applicants (in collaboration with national body and regulators in other provinces); and developed information resources.
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) The college developed website content outlining the steps required to be licensed as a LPN in Alberta and an online membership database so applicants can obtain an instant update on the status of their application.
College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (CPTA) Regulators (now Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association) The college developed a web-based credential assessment tool and electronic repository of international physiotherapy programs, which streamline and expedite assessment processes for internationally trained physiotherapists. A secure intranet system and online forms were also developed.
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) The college developed a computerized system that generates statistical reports on the success rate and duration of the international medical graduate’s application process.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) (now Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta) The institute developed a community outreach program for internationally educated accountants; a regional credentials assessment system that increases the efficiency of assessment and streamlines entry into the profession for foreign applicants; and an occupation-specific language course to help internationally educated accountants succeed professionally.
Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) The association established a Fairness Committee that reviewed current practices and recommended changes that increased the effectiveness of resources for foreign-trained professionals.
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) Conducted research, set up facilities and created testing materials so that the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) can be delivered at the University of Calgary, Veterinary Medicine. Internationally trained applicants can gain now accreditation without leaving the province for testing. Developed resources that will help increase successful test outcomes for internationally trained veterinarians.

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Organization Project Description
2015
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) Developed an Employer Inclusivity Index tool for use by employers. Provides employers with an overall score and report that measures the inclusivity of their workplace for all groups (including but not limited to: newcomers or skilled immigrants to Canada; ‘visible minorities’; women; people with disabilities; aboriginal people; members of the LGBQT community; religious minorities; people with English as a second language), as well as skilled immigrants in particular. Each report includes information on how to improve inclusivity overall and with a particular focus on immigrants.
2013
NorQuest College The Navigating the Interview project created a series of video clips based on intercultural interviewing plus a facilitator's manual and related learning activities for immigrants and HR professionals.
2012
Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC) Created and piloted a mentoring circles (group mentoring) program focused on Small and Medium Enterprises.
Shift Management Created 9 workplace cultural competency online training modules, 3 each aimed at employers and immigrants and a further 3 with cross-stakeholder issues. The training is based on videos, animations and interactive activities.
Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) HRIA created an employer information toolkit on hiring internationally trained individuals. The toolkit is based on a series of webinars for employers given in 2013. The archived webinars provide additional information.

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Organization Project Description
2015
College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (now Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association) Developed an online professional networking platform to support, mentor, facilitate communication and share evidence-informed resources within the Internationally Educated Physiotherapists community.
Bow Valley College Developed an online version of the College’s preparation course for the National Professional Practice Exam for engineers and engineering technologists.
2013
NorQuest College The Navigating the Interview project created a series of video clips based on intercultural interviewing plus a facilitator's manual and related learning activities for immigrants and HR professionals.
2012
Shift Management Created 9 workplace cultural competency online training modules, 3 each aimed at employers and immigrants and a further 3 with cross-stakeholder issues. The training is based on videos, animations and interactive activities.

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Organization Project Description
2013
Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) Implemented a database system to assist with managing ERIEC's successful mentorship program. The database will simplify administration, allowing larger volumes of clients to be handled, improving participants' experience and enhancing data collection options.

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Modified: 2017-09-07
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