Labour Mobility Applicants

Inter-provincial Reciprocity

(applicants from other Canadian jurisdictions where veterinarians and/or veterinary technologists are regulated)

The Agreement on Internal Trade was signed by the government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments in 1995 and was reaffirmed by the Canada Free Trade Act (CFTA). It is a written agreement intended to make it easier for people, investments and services to move across Canada. Labour Mobility provisions of the CFTA (Chapter 7) state that certified workers have to be recognized as qualified to work by a regulatory body in another province or territory which regulates that occupation, without having to go through significant additional training, work experience, examination or assessment, unless an exception has been posted. There are some exceptions to that general rule, discussed below, but essentially if a veterinarian or veterinary technologist is in good standing from a province where veterinarians are regulated is applying to become a veterinarian or veterinary technologist in Manitoba, the CFTA provides that the veterinarian or veterinary technologist must be accepted in Manitoba.

Exceptions, as mentioned above include but are not limited to: the right to require a fee upon application and registration; the right to require a veterinarian or veterinary technologist to complete a local jurisprudence course; the right to refuse registration to a veterinarian or veterinary technologist who is not of good standing or where there is evidence of bad character; or the right to refuse registration where the veterinarian or veterinary technologist has terms, conditions and limitations that are not generally used in Manitoba.

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If an applicant for registration in Manitoba is refused registration because she does not meet one of the non-exemptible registration requirements, that applicant is entitled to contact the official labour mobility contact in their home province for assistance.

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