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CED Credential Recognition Program (CRP)

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Credential Recognition Program


Credential Recognition assists in having your skills, education, and experience assessed against Canadian standards. 

Having your credentials assessed will help you to:

  • Understand/explore the types of jobs/professions that match your skills, education, and work experience
  • Find out if your chosen profession requires licensing in Canada – some professions or Skilled Trades are regulated meaning you must be accredited before you can work in that job
  • Find out if you need more training or re-training to build your skills and talents
  • Show employers what you are qualified for – be confident that your qualifications match the needs of the Canadian job market


The Credential Recognition Program is delivered in partnership with the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF), Lebanese and Arab Social Services Agency (LASSA), World Skills (WS) and Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).  

Throughout your Credential Recognition journey, you may find yourself working with several/all of these organizations as your needs change – the program is designed to allow you to take advantage of the support when you need it.

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Credential Assessment Support (LASSA)
Career Counselling (World Skills)
Financing (OCLF)
Career Mentorship (OCISO)

LASSA - Credential Assessment Support

  • Guidance in supporting clients with the Canadian credentialing process
  • Provides information and assistance to help clients reach a decision as which type of credential best suits them.
  • Refers clients to partner agencies for licensing, professional designation, or any services that are helpful to them.

World Skills - Career Counselling

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor,  please contact:

OCLF - Financing & Personal Financial Management Skills

OCISO - Career Mentorship

For more information about the Credential Recognition Program, please contact



Become a Mentor
Become a Mentee

Become a Mentor

Mentors share their knowledge and work experience and assist mentees in navigating through the job search process and transitioning to a career in Canada

You will share your work/life experiences with newcomers to Canada, to assist them in advancing in and building their professional careers and networks. You will also support them with their integration into the Canadian workplace culture. 

Time Commitment

  • Virtual or in-person meetings
  • Weekdays: 1 hour/week
  • Mentorship Duration: 4 to 6 months
  • Time – Flexible


  • At least 2 years of work experience in Canada
  • Professionals in their respective fields
  • Sensitivity to newcomer employment and cultural transition experiences
  • Commitment to a mentoring relationship
  • Contacts in employment and professional networks
  • Good interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session after which you may attend professional development training free of charge.
  • Provide your Vulnerable Sector Check or a valid security clearance obtained in the last five years. (If you don’t have either of them, we will support you in the process of getting your Vulnerable Sector Check from the police office)
  • Provide AODA Certificate
  • Provide a resume

For more information or to register please contact:

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Mentee

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