Brain Gain: The Economic Benefits of Recognizing Learning and Learning Credentials in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 51 pages, November 1, 2001
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When learning and learning credentials are not recognized, it impacts the economic or “market” value—to individuals, employers and the country as a whole.

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An improved system for recognizing the learning of immigrants and other Canadians would go a long way towards turning the current brain drain into a future brain gain.

This research found that three groups would gain the most, because they suffer the most serious problems in having their learning recognized and rewarded.

They are:
  • immigrants;
  • people with prior learning gained through work and training; and
  • transferees between post-secondary learning institutions or, in the case of licensed professions, between provinces.
Governments, employers and credential-granting institutions will learn about learning recognition and the school-to-work transition; what people do when their learning is unrecognized; potential for improvements; and provides options for action that are available to government, educators, regulators and employers.

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