Alongside the benefits of the proposed OCECCA to the broader healthcare system and its stakeholders, the centre also has some advantages that will appeal especially to IEHPs. OCECCA would:

  • support  IEHPs on their journey through the complexities of regulatory requirements and profession-specific competencies that may differ from those acquired outside of Canada.
  • Offer assessments and training for IEHPs for whose professions there aren't bridging programs;
  • Offer orientation to the Ontario health care system, which is patient-focused and inter-professional.
  • Provide training in communication skills to help health practitioners meet legal and ethical requirements related to documenting patient interviews, assessments, care plans, and treatment outcomes.
  • begin to create a standardized language and communication assessment protocols across the regulated health professions, which can be confusing and frustrating for both IEHPs and employers seeking to obtain help in this area.
  • consolidate language and communication testing and assessment services to help increase efficiency in this area and make them more accessible.
  • ensure that assessments are valid, objective, and responsive
  • provide the option of using occupation-specific language assessments as part of the licensure process.

The proposed OCECCA would help IEHPs and the employers who welcome them onto their work teams by offering occupation-specific communication assessments, along with on-going communication training to help IEHPs achieve the high levels of competency that will allow them – and the Ontario healthcare system – to succeed.  Moreover, as a centre of excellence, the proposed OCECCA would be engaged in on-going research into communication competency, as well as further development of profession-specific assessment tools that would contribute to the on-going improvement of IEHP integration into the Canadian health system.