Labour mobility in Canada

Labour mobility in Canada

Labour mobility helps Canadian workers in regulated occupations work anywhere in Canada without further training or testing.

For employers, labour mobility provides a larger pool of qualified candidates, and a simpler process for hiring skilled workers from other parts of Canada.

Regulated occupations

Regulated occupations are governed by provincial legislation regarding licensing/certification standards. These occupations include:

  • occupations (such as foresters, lawyers, teachers, etc.)
  • compulsory and optional trades (such as electricians, heavy equipment technicians, welders, machinists, millwrights, etc.)

To find out more, see the list of regulated occupations and trades in Alberta.

Labour mobility in domestic trade agreements

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

Individual provinces and territories often have different rules governing certification. To address this, the federal government and all provincial and territorial governments across the country have signed the Canadian Free Trade Agreement which came into force on July 1, 2017. The CFTA is replacing the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Chapter 7 (Labour Mobility) of the Agreement makes it easier for people to access job opportunities across Canada.

Under the labour mobility provisions of the CFTA, workers who are certified and in good standing in one jurisdiction in Canada can apply to other Canadian jurisdictions where the occupation is regulated without having to re-examine, retrain, retest or have their qualifications reassessed.

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)

The provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have entered in to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA). Similar to Chapter 7 of the CFTA, Article 13 (Labour Mobility) of the NWPTA also allows for certified workers in regulated occupations to have their qualifications recognized as they move between the 4 provinces.

Find out how to get your certification recognized.

For more information

For labour mobility information for workers, regulators and employers, visit

Modified: 2018-05-01
PID: 217

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