The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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Graphic designers and illustrators (5241)

Description

Graphic designers conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information for publications, advertising, films, packaging, posters, signs and interactive media such as Web sites and CDs. They are employed by advertising and graphic design firms, by establishments with advertising or communications departments and by multimedia production companies, or they may be self-employed. Graphic designers who are also supervisors, project managers or consultants are included in this unit group. Illustrators conceptualize and create illustrations to represent information through images. They are almost solely self-employed.
Skill Level B
Skill Type 5

Other titles

  • 2D animation artist
  • 2D animator
  • 3D animation artist
  • 3D animator
  • advertising art director
  • advertising art supervisor
  • advertising artist
  • advertising designer
  • advertising illustrator
  • advertising layout designer
  • animated cartoon artist
  • animated cartoon artist - visual arts
  • animated cartoon colourist
  • animation artist
  • animation layout designer
  • animator - animated films
  • animator, graphic design and illustration
  • art layout designer
  • artist, storyboard
  • artistic illustrator
  • assistant animator - animated films
  • background artist
  • bank note designer
  • biological illustrator
  • business forms designer
  • calligrapher
  • calligraphic artist
  • caricaturist
  • cartoon film artist
  • cartoonist
  • cartoonist sketch
  • catalogue illustrator
  • cell animator
  • character animator
  • chief, advertising illustrator
  • colour artist - cartoons
  • colourist - cartoons
  • commercial artist
  • commercial design artist
  • commercial designer
  • communication designer
  • computer animator
  • computer graphics specialist
  • content director
  • content strategist
  • cover designer
  • cover page illustrator
  • cybergraphic designer
  • designer, form layouts
  • digital animator - artist
  • editorial cartoonist
  • electronic games designer
  • fashion illustrator
  • flash designer
  • form layout designer
  • forms designer
  • graphic artist
  • graphic arts room supervisor
  • graphic design and illustration animator
  • graphic designer
  • graphic designer - multimedia
  • graphic designer - multimedia, interactive or new media
  • graphic designer and layout artist
  • graphic designer, Web
  • illustrator
  • illustrator and graphic designer
  • interactive media designer
  • Internet graphic designer
  • layout artist
  • layout designer
  • layout designer, animation
  • litho artist
  • medical illustrator
  • multimedia design specialist
  • multimedia designer
  • multimedia illustrator
  • multimedia instructional designer and scriptor
  • multimedia products designer
  • multimedia products designer-ideaman
  • multimedia products designer-ideaman/woman
  • multimedia products designer-ideawoman
  • new media graphics designer
  • newspaper illustrator
  • package designer
  • page designer
  • paper securities designer
  • pictographist
  • political caricaturist
  • political cartoonist
  • poster artist
  • registered graphic designer (RGD)
  • RGD (registered graphic designer)
  • scientific illustrator
  • sign designer
  • sports cartoonist
  • storyboard artist
  • supervisor, advertising art
  • supervisor, graphic arts room
  • title artist
  • user experience designer
  • wallpaper colourist
  • wallpaper designer
  • Web designer - graphic design
  • Web graphic designer
  • Web page designer

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.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) - Express Entry

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program administered by IRCC. 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 T5K2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

British Columbia

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
3700 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia V5G3H2 Canada
icesinfo@bcit.ca
Telephone : (+1) 604-434-5734
Fax : (+1) 604-435-7033

Northwest Territories

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Ontario

World Education Services - Canada (WES)
1400 - 2 Carlton Street Toronto, Ontario M5B1J3 Canada
contactca@wes.org
Telephone : (+1) 416-972-0070
Fax : (+1) 416-972-9004
Comparative Education Service (CES)
162 St. George Street, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Toronto, Ontario M5S2V8 Canada
ces.info@utoronto.ca
Telephone : (+1) 416-978-0393
Fax : (+1) 416-978-2185
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
102 - 100 Stone Road West Guelph, Ontario N1G5L3 Canada
info@icascanada.ca
Telephone : (+1) 519-763-7282
Fax : (+1) 519-763-6964

Quebec

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et Intégration du Québec (MIFI)
Service de l’analyse des diplômes internationaux (SADI), 285 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage Montréal, Quebec H2Y 1T8 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 514-864-9191

Saskatchewan

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K2J5 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.

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

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

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

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
2120 - 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L 4P1 Canada

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

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

Microcrédit Montréal
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Alberta

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

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

New Brunswick

Multicultural Association of Fredericton
28 Saunders Street
Fredericton New Brunswick
E3B 1N1 Canada

Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area
22 Church St, Suite C170
Moncton New Brunswick
E1C 0P7 Canada

YMCA of Greater Saint John
191 Churchill Blvd.
Saint John New Brunswick
E2K 3E2 Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador

AXIS Career Services, Association for New Canadians
A/S Association for New Canadians, 10 Smithville Crescent, P.O.Box 2031, Stn. C
St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
A1C 5R6 Canada

Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
2120 - 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L 4P1 Canada

Ontario

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

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

Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
80 Aberdeen Street
Ottawa Ontario
K1S 5R5 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

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

Microcrédit Montréal
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Saskatchewan

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

5 Contact professional associations

Membership-based organizations provide services to paying members, but you are not required by law to join them. They provide services that may include voluntary certification, publications, professional networking opportunities, continuing education programs, and advocacy.

Canada

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada

Email: certification@gdc.net
Telephone: (+1) 613-567-5400
Fax: (+1) 613 564-4428

Address(es)

2 Daly Avenue, Arts Court Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2 Canada

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AB - Alberta

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Alberta North Chapter

Email: president.abnorth@gdc.net

Address(es)

PO Box 11185, Edmonton Main Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3K5 Canada

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Alberta South Chapter

Email: president.absouth@gdc.net

Address(es)

, Alberta Canada

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BC - British Columbia

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Vancouver Island Chapter

Email: president.vibc@gdc.net

Address(es)

Victoria, British Columbia Canada

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - British Columbia Chapter

Email: president.bc@gdc.net

Address(es)

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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MB - Manitoba

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Manitoba Chapter

Email: president.mb@gdc.net

Address(es)

Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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NB - New Brunswick

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Atlantic Chapter

Email: president.atlantic@gdc.net

Address(es)

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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NL - Newfoundland and Labrador

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Atlantic Chapter

Email: president.atlantic@gdc.net

Address(es)

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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NS - Nova Scotia

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Atlantic Chapter

Email: president.atlantic@gdc.net

Address(es)

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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NT - Northwest Territory

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Arctic Chapter

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NU - Nunavut

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Arctic Chapter

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ON - Ontario

Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario

Telephone: (+1) 416-367-8819

Address(es)

210 - 96 Spadina Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J6 Canada

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PE - Prince Edward Island

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Atlantic Chapter

Email: president.atlantic@gdc.net

Address(es)

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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QC - Quebec

Société des designers graphiques du Québec

Email: infodesign@sdgq.ca
Telephone: (+1) 514-842-3960
Fax: (+1) 514-842-4886

Address(es)

7255 rue Alexandra, bureau 106 Montréal, Quebec H2R 2Y9 Canada

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SK - Saskatchewan

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Saskatchewan South Chapter

Email: http://president.sks@gdc.net/

Address(es)

Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Saskatchewan North Chapter

Email: president.skn@gdc.net

Address(es)

PO Box 24016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 8B4 Canada

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YK - Yukon

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Arctic Chapter

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6 Get information on the labour market and employment search

You will find the names of the ministries/departments responsible for the labour market in Canada listed below.

Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada

Address(es)

140 Promenade du Portage Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9 Canada

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AB - Alberta

Alberta Ministry of Labour and Immigration

Telephone: (+1) 780-427-2711

Address(es)

10800 - 97 Avenue, 131 Legislature Building Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6 Canada

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BC - British Columbia

British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

Email: servicebc@gov.bc.ca
Telephone: (+1) 250-387-6121

Address(es)

P.O. Box 9846 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9T2 Canada

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MB - Manitoba

Manitoba Economic Development, Investment and Trade

Email: lmi@gov.mb.ca
Telephone: (+1) 204-945-2475
Fax: (+1) 204-945-3977

Address(es)

1000 - 259 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3P4 Canada

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NB - New Brunswick

New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Email: dpetlinfo@gnb.ca
Telephone: (+1) 506-453-2597
Fax: (+1) 506-453-3618

Address(es)

Chestnut Complex, P.O. Box 6000 Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B5H1 Canada

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NL - Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Email: aesl@gov.nl.ca
Telephone: (+1) 709-729-2480
Fax: (+1) 709-729-6996

Address(es)

P.O. Box 8700, Confederation Building St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4J6 Canada

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NS - Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Department of Advanced Education

Telephone: (+1) 902-424-2203
Fax: (+1) 902-424-0575

Address(es)

P.O. Box 395, Stn. Central Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J2P8 Canada

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NT - Northwest Territory

Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Email: ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca
Telephone: (+1) 867-920-6222
Fax: (+1) 867-873-0155

Address(es)

P.O. Box 1320, Public Affairs Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A2L9 Canada

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NU - Nunavut

Nunavut Department of Education

Email: info.edu@gov.nu.ca
Telephone: (+1) 867-975-5600
Fax: (+1) 867-975-5635

Address(es)

P.O. Box 1000, Station 900 Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A0H0 Canada

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ON - Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Telephone: (+1) 416-326-7160

Address(es)

14th Floor, 400 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L7 Canada

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PE - Prince Edward Island

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QC - Quebec

Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale du Québec

Telephone: (+1) 514-873-4000

Address(es)

800, Tour de la Place Victoria, 27e étage, C.P. 100 Montréal, Quebec H4Z 1B7 Canada

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SK - Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy

Telephone: (+1) 306-787-0804
Fax: (+1) 306-798-2009

Address(es)

300 - 2103 - 11th Avenue Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3Z8 Canada

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YK - Yukon

Yukon Department of Education

Email: contact.education@gov.yk.ca
Telephone: (+1) 867-667-5141
Fax: (+1) 867-393-6254

Address(es)

Box 2703 Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A2C6 Canada

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