For more than a decade, Martin Saxton, an accountant originally from Scotland who now has a Toronto business, has printed the professional credentials he earned in the U.K. on his business cards and resumés.
But now he, like other foreign-trained accountants, fears he will be penalized under a recent Ontario law. Under Bill 158, Saxton says he will have to stop using his U.K. professional designation in promoting his business, or face a fine of up to $10,000.
The fear is the law will target two internationally recognized accouting credentials: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the U.K.-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
They say that the law will create a barrier to working here. Well that is the point. Only Canada's working class is supposed to suffer the costs of mass immigration not Canada's professional classes like lawyers, doctors, engineers, and accountants and even journalists and politicians.
It is bizarre and discriminatory that immigrants who have received training in advanced western countries like the U.K., the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere have been denied the opportunity to work their professions simply because they don't have the right letters after their name or some petty Canadian professional association hasn't given them permission.
It's a farce. Indeed, the entire "Canadian experience" reason is an absolute joke. I know not all immigrants with foreign credentials meet Canadian standards but can that be said of immigrants trained in the U.K. or the U.S. for that matter? How is working as an engineer in France any different than working as an engineer in Canada? What does "Canadian experience" even mean?
Canada's professional classes need these kinds of laws to protect their incomes from the downward pressure a job market flooded with immigrant labour will have on them and apparently the government is there to protect this preferred segment of the population. No such protection exists for the working class.