Funding from Ontario Government to Assist Internationally Trained MLTs Successfully Integrate into the Workforce

June 04, 2018
HAMILTON, ON , June 4, 2018 /CNW/ - The CSMLS is extremely pleased to announce receipt of funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration in support of two exciting initiatives. The first, "Diversity Supports for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs)" aims to create a suite of tools and resources for use by the entire MLT community. The content and format     of these supports will be based on the specific diversity needs identified by the CSMLS membership through an online survey administered in June, 2018.

"Much of the work we have undertaken in the past has been focussed on helping internationally educated MLTs become certified" comments Project Manager, Keith Johnson. "This project is particularly special as it will improve the integration of these individuals into the workforce even after they receive their license to practice."

A multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee comprised of clinical educators, members, an internationally educated MLT, employers and representatives from immigrant serving agencies, has been assembled to provide ongoing guidance and oversight to the project.

In parallel, the CSMLS is also developing an online practice exam resource which will be made available to all certification exam candidates.  CSMLS subject matter experts will be writing over 600 new practice test questions designed to mirror the high-stakes version.

Reflecting on this work, CSMLS CEO Christine Nielsen indicates that "the number one request we get from internationally educated MLTs is for a high-fidelity practice test to prepare for the CSMLS Certification Exam."

The CSMLS expects that introduction of a practice exam will help to alleviate exam anxiety for all exam candidates especially internationally educated individuals who may have had little or no exposure to the multiple-choice style of testing.

Both projects are expected to be complete by mid-2020.


CSMLS is a not-for-profit organization with members who practice in hospital laboratories, private medical laboratories, public health laboratories, government laboratories, research and educational institutions.  Incorporated in 1937 as the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, the society operates today as CSMLS serving more than 14,500 members in Canada and in countries around the world.  For more information, please visit

SOURCE Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

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