Babar Sultan listened intently to the announcement that he might be eligible to receive up to a $10,000 microloan to help pay for the costs associated with obtaining Canadian accreditation for his accounting skills.
“After getting my credentials recognized and getting my licence, I can jump into my field,” said Sultan, who recently arrived in Saskatoon from Pakistan.
On Wednesday, the federal government announced that Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) of Saskatchewan will receive $1.7 million dollars to fund micro-loans given to internationally trained professionals to help finance the costs of having their credentials recognized in Canada. IAF also received $450,000 through a multi-year agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan and $100,000 from the Morris Foundation.
Sultan graduated from a two-year commerce program followed by a two-year master’s degree majoring in finance back in his native country. He needs to get those qualifications accredited before spending another two years at the Edwards School of Business.read more