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Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c. (4169)

Description

This unit group includes anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, historians, linguists, political scientists, sociologists and other professional occupations in social science not elsewhere classified. They are employed in universities and throughout the public and private sectors.
Skill Level A
Skill Type 4

Other titles

  • analyst, handwriting
  • anthropologist
  • applied anthropologist
  • applied geographer
  • applied linguist
  • archaeological consultant
  • archaeological field worker
  • archaeologist
  • biogeographer
  • biological anthropologist
  • criminologist
  • cultural anthropologist
  • cultural geographer
  • diplomatic historian
  • dramatic arts historian
  • economic geographer
  • economic historian
  • educational sociologist
  • ethnographer
  • ethnologist
  • etymologist
  • geographer
  • gerontologist
  • graphoanalyst
  • graphologist
  • handwriting analyst
  • handwriting expert
  • historian
  • historical geographer
  • industrial geographer
  • industrial sociologist
  • linguist
  • linguistic anthropologist
  • medical sociologist
  • military historian
  • penologist
  • philologist
  • philosopher
  • physical anthropologist
  • physical geographer
  • political geographer
  • political historian
  • political scientist
  • politicist
  • psycholinguist
  • psychometrician
  • psychometrist
  • quantitative historian
  • research anthropologist
  • research archaeologist
  • rural sociologist
  • scientific expert, handwriting
  • scientific handwriting expert
  • social and cultural anthropologist
  • social anthropologist
  • social ecologist
  • social historian
  • social scientist
  • sociolinguist
  • sociologist
  • theatre historian
  • urban geographer
  • urban sociologist

2 Confirm the occupational regulations

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Regulations and laws

Regulations and laws governing specific occupations are fixed by provincial and territorial governments around specific occupations.


This occupation is not regulated in Canada. This means that you are not required to be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory authorities to be authorized to practise this occupation in Canada.

Regulated Non-regulated
Mandatory certification, licence, or registration Voluntary certification, licence, or registration No certification, licence, or registration exists
Exclusive right to practise Reserved title Available None
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Nunavut
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

Definition

Regulated occupation

An occupation controlled by provincial and territorial (and sometimes federal) law, and governed by a regulatory body. About 20 per cent of jobs are in regulated occupations. These include regulated professions (e.g., nursing) and skilled trades (e.g., plumbing).

The law requires you to obtain a certificate, licence, or registration to use the reserved title for the occupation or obtain the exclusive right to practise the occupation. These regulations are intended to protect the health and safety of Canadians by ensuring that professionals meet the required standards of practice and competency.

There are two types of regulation:

  • Exclusive right to practise: A profession whose members are the only ones who can engage in the profession’s activities and use the title allowed them by law. The law defines, among other things, the professional activities strictly reserved for the members of each regulatory body.
  • Reserved title: A profession where only members of a regulatory body can make use of specific titles and abbreviations allowed them by law. Individuals who are not members of that regulatory body may practise the occupation, but they may not use any of these titles or allow others to believe (by using a similar title or abbreviation) they are members of a regulatory body.
Non-regulated occupation:  

A profession or trade for which there is no legal requirement or restriction on practice with regard to licences, certificates, or registration.

  • Voluntary certification, licence, or registration: The province or territory in which voluntary certification, licensing, or registration is available but not required by law..
  • • No certification, licence, or registration exists

3 Learn about credential assessment and recognition

Some organizations in Canada responsible for the recognition of academic credentials may not have the capacity to assess the international academic credentials you are presenting to them. This may be the case when you apply for a job with an employer in a non-regulated occupation.

These organizations may sometimes rely on external academic credential assessment services to support their internal process. Six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) can provide this service.

Upon completion of an academic credential assessment for general purposes, you would receive an assessment report, which in turn could be provided to the organization responsible for the recognition of your international academic credentials.

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes under the Additional information tab listed below.

Occupational assessment

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes under the Additional information tab listed above.

Immigration

Immigration to Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department responsible for immigration to Canada.


Eligible occupation under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) - Express Entry

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program administered by IRCC. This occupation is on the list of eligible occupations for IRCC’s FSWP.

If you intend to immigrate to Canada under the FSWP and obtained your academic credentials outside Canada, one of the requirements is to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes.1 For more detailed information on IRCC's requirements for this immigration program, visit their Web site.



1. A requirement for immigration purposes ONLY

It is important to note that obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is a requirement for immigration purposes only.

It is separate from the process of obtaining a licence to practise from the relevant regulatory authority.

Obtaining a licence to practise is not required to apply to IRCC's FSWP.

Additional information

Before undertaking an academic credential assessment for general purposes, it is extremely important to verify that the regulatory authority, or employer requires and will accept an assessment report issued by one of the six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).

If so, contact one of the academic credential assessment services below to obtain detailed information on:
  • application forms;
  • how to submit your international academic credentials for assessment;
  • timelines and fees for obtaining an academic credential assessment report.

An academic credential assessment for general purposes can take between several weeks to several months to obtain. It is strongly recommended that you begin this process prior to your arrival in Canada.

Although assessment services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained outside Canada compare with those obtained in Canada, their assessments are advisory only. In Canada, they do not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for:
  • admission at an educational institution;
  • certification, licensing, or registration in an occupation; and/or
  • general employment.

All six members of the Alliance adhere to the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials, and their assessments are used by many organizations. For more information on the Alliance, please visit its Web site, or use the information below to connect directly with its members.

Alberta

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

British Columbia

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
3700 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 3H2 Canada
icesinfo@bcit.ca
Telephone : (+1) 604-432-8800
Fax : (+1) 604-435-7033

Northwest Territories

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Ontario

World Education Services - Canada (WES)
2 Carlton Street, Suite/Bureau 1400 Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3 Canada
contactca@wes.org
Telephone : (+1) 416-972-0070
Fax : (+1) 416-972-9004
Comparative Education Service (CES)
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, 162 St. George Street Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E9 Canada
ces.info@utoronto.ca
Telephone : (+1) 416-978-0393
Fax : (+1) 416-978-2185
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
Ontario AgriCentre, 100 Stone Rd. West, Suite/Bureau 102 Guelph, Ontario N1G 5L3 Canada
info@icascanada.ca
Telephone : (+1) 519-763-7282
Fax : (+1) 519-763-6964

Quebec

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion du Québec (MIDI)
Direction du courrier, de l'encaissement et de l'évaluation comparative, 285 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage Montréal, Quebec H2Y 1T8 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 514-864-9191
Fax : (+1) 877-864-9191

Saskatchewan

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Mobility

International mobility

Find out more about international mobility and MRAs.

Financial assistance

Internationally trained professionals may have access to financial assistance to complete the assessment process that will allow them to work in their intended occupations. These micro-loan programs are offered to citizens or permanent residents of Canada who were trained outside Canada and do not have sufficient credit history to borrow from a Canadian financial institution.

To learn about participating provinces and territories, and determine your eligibility, use the information below to find an organization close to you offering micro loans.

British Columbia

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project
238 - 8131 Westminster Hwy
Richmond British Columbia
V6X 1A7 Canada

Manitoba

SEED Winnipeg Inc. - Recognition Counts! Micro Loans for Skilled Immigrants
80 Salter Street
Winnipeg Manitoba
R2W 4J6 Canada

Nova Scotia

Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services
6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L 4P1 Canada

Ontario

WIL Employment Connections - Internationally Trained Workers
141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London Ontario
N6A 1G3 Canada

Prince Edward Island

Canada Microcredit Educators Group - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Pilot Project
420 University Ave, Suite 200, P.O. Box 1551
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
C1A 7Z5 Canada

Quebec

Association Communautaire d'Emprunt de Montréal - Loans For Foreign Credential Recognition
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Saskatchewan

Immigrant Access Fund Society of Saskatchewan - Immigrant Access Fund (IAF)
#2A - 511 1 St Avenue North
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7K 1X5 Canada