Ottawa

Policy alert

Stephen Harper promises loans for new immigrants.

On Wednesday, that was a promise of bridge loans for new immigrants to help cover the cost of having their foreign credentials recognized in Canada. Harper said the plan is aimed at helping foreign-trained workers get the education and training they need to integrate into the workforce. The loan program, which was hinted at in the ill-fated federal budget, would cost $6 million a year and cover expenses associated with training, exams and schools fees.

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