Reducing barriers to labour mobility across Canada


The Mobility and Qualification Recognition Working Group (MQRWG) supports the coordination, implementation and monitoring of the Labour Mobility Chapter of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications. This section highlights who we are and what we do.


The MQRWG was established by the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM). Labour Mobility Coordinators from all governments that signed the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) participate on the working group.

The FLMM is composed of provincial and territorial ministers, and the federal minister responsible for the labour market.  It was created in 1983 to promote discussion and cooperation on labour market matters.


The MQRWG coordinates implementation of the Labour Mobility Chapter of the CFTA and the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications on the FLMM´s behalf.

The MQRWG is responsible for:

  • supporting regulatory authorities and giving them advice and information on their responsibilities;
  • providing consistency on how Labour Mobility articles are interpreted and applied across provinces and territories;
  • assessing the effectiveness of Labour Mobility under the CFTA across Canada;
  • developing ways to reduce barriers to Labour Mobility; and
  • providing information on Labour Mobility to interested individuals and stakeholders.

As part of its role, the MQRWG communicates with certified workers to help them understand the opportunities afforded by Labour Mobility, and with regulatory authorities on their application of Labour Mobility provisions. The MQRWG is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of Labour Mobility, which includes gathering information on challenges and opportunities faced by various stakeholders as well as any unintended adverse consequences resulting from the implementation of the Chapter.

An overview of the working group’s responsibilities regarding foreign Qualification Recognition can be found here.


Each province and territory has a Labour Mobility Coordinator. The Labour Mobility Coordinator’s role is to support the implementation and ongoing adherence to the Labour Mobility provisions under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) within their own province or territory.  This can involve:

  • addressing questions and Labour Mobility concerns from certified workers;
  • interacting with regulatory authorities and officials in other government ministries to support the recognition of out-of-province/territory certified workers; and
  • assisting with the processes for reconciliation of occupational standards to the extent possible and where practical.

If you have any questions about the Labour Mobility provisions under the CFTA please contact the Labour Mobility Coordinator from the jurisdiction where you are currently certified.