Labour Market Development Programs
The Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
The Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) is an intergovernmental trade agreement between Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments to eliminate inter-provincial barriers to the free movement of workers, goods, services and investments. The agreement came into force on July 1, 1995.
The Labour Mobility Chapter of the AIT (Chapter 7) aims to ensure that any worker certified to perform a profession or occupation by a regulator in any Canadian province or territory will be granted certification, upon application, in respect of the same profession or occupation in any other province, without the need for additional training, work experience or examinations.
Changes to the Labour Mobility Chapter of the AIT
In January 2009, First Ministers endorsed amendments to Chapter 7 of the AIT in order to help resolve labour mobility challenges in Canada within regulated occupations. These changes came into effect on August 11, 2009.
Saskatchewan supports the changes to the Labour Mobility Chapter as they strengthen the Agreement to ensure workers have greater access to employment opportunities across Canada, and registration and licensing requirements are more transparent throughout the country. This will benefit all licensed workers moving from one jurisdiction to another including (but not limited to): health professionals, engineers, accountants and people working in the skilled trades.
Exceptions to Labour Mobility
While the agreement emphasizes the mutual recognition of certified workers across the provinces and territories some additional requirements are automatically allowed under the agreement such as criminal record checks, or paying an application fee. Other additional requirements must be approved by the respective government as an exception to the Chapter. Exceptions may be approved when there is a significant difference in occupational standards and the exception is based on a legitimate objective such as the protection of public security, health and safety. Saskatchewan has approved seven exceptions. In the case of these seven occupations, professionals moving to Saskatchewan will need to demonstrate they meet Saskatchewan standards as follows:
These exceptions have been implemented in consultation with Saskatchewan regulatory bodies. Additional exceptions may be identified in the future as ministries continue to work with regulatory bodies and other partners.
The Miscellaneous Statutes (Labour Mobility) Amendment Act
The Miscellaneous Statutes (Labour Mobility) Amendment Act, 2009 provides the necessary amendments to Saskatchewan professional regulatory legislation to ensure compliance with Chapter 7. The Act was proclaimed on May 20, 2010 and achieves three significant goals:
For more information on Labour Mobility, please contact:
Labour Market Planning & Systems Support
Forum of Labour Market Ministers website.
Queen's Printer website.
Find the AIT Chapter 7 - 9th Protocol (Labour Mobility) and a complete list of exceptions and labour mobility contacts from across Canada.
The LMCG coordinates implementation of Chapter 7 (Labour Mobility) of the AIT on the FLMM´s behalf.