Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP)

World Skills is working in partnership with the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF), Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) and the Lebanese and Arab Social Services Agency (LASSA) to provide guidance and access to resources to support newcomers in their employment search and career development. Services available include access to loans, employment counselling, mentorship and licensing and credential assessment guidance.

  • Need to have your credentials from outside Canada assessed?
  • Want to obtain a license or a designation in your profession?
  • Looking for support to pursue additional training in your current profession or an alternate career?

Program Benefits

The Foreign Credential Loan Program was designed to address the challenges newcomers face in accessing credential assessment, licensing and training by providing the following services:

  • Credential assessment and licensing information and guidance
  • Employment search skills and career counselling
  • Mentorship with a professional in your field
  • Microloans of up to $15,000 for training and career development activities

Participation Criteria

  • Permanent resident, convention refugee or naturalized Canadian
  • Resident of Ottawa
  • Education obtained from outside Canada

Feel free to download and print a program flyer here.


Contact the World Skills Employment Centre by fill-out the contact us form 

To find out more about how you can participate in the Foreign Recognition Credential Program contact: or (613) 233-0453 Ext. 317

World Skills' News


Dear clients, volunteers, employers, partners and stakeholders; due to the special circumstances related to COVID-19, from March 17, 2020 and until further notice, our employment services are being offered remotely using e-mail, telephone, and other available technologies.

We have made an effort to transition all our services online which include: job search workshops, employer events, language courses, individualized employment counseling, intake and assessment of new clients, re-assessment of existing clients, pre-screening candidates for job opportunities, our resume clinic, among other services.

For group format, we're mostly using zoom and for one/one we're very open to whichever technology works for you.

If you're a newcomer job seeker who'd like to register as a World skills Client please click this link to book an appointment. Stakeholder who'd like to find out more, please connect with us via e-mail at

Your questions and requests will be dealt with by our solicitous staff.

Please stay safe and follow the advice of health officials.