Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

Under the Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade, and the CFPFA’s mutual recognition agreement, professional foresters (R.P.F.) and forest engineers (ing.f.) in good standing may transfer to another jurisdiction after providing the requisite forms and fees. A local knowledge exam is also required to ensure awareness of local laws, policies and practices.

The members of the CFPFA have responded to a combined Canadian and provincial desire to improve labour mobility throughout Canada by signing an agreement on mutual recognition. The agreement, titled the Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Registered Professional Foresters Associations of Canada and hereinafter referred to as “The Agreement”, sets out the conditions under which a Registered Professional Forester (R.P.F.)/ingénieur forestier (ing.f.) who is registered/licenced in one Canadian jurisdiction can have his/her qualifications recognized in another jurisdiction that is a signatory to The Agreement [insert link to MRA pdf document].

The Agreement is predicated on the recognition that there is a moderate degree of commonality between the CFPFA Member Agencies with respect to the range of activities that practitioners typically perform and the scopes of practice described in their legislations. For example, each Member Agency has formally agreed that practitioners who have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate program in forestry have achieved, with only limited exception, the necessary academic credentials for entrance into membership.  According to the requirements of each Member Agency, new applicants must also have relevant practical experience, a commitment to professionalism and ethical conduct and a demonstrated knowledge of relevant local forest policy/ legislation and professional practice.

Although each Member Agency has provincially legislated responsibility for establishing its own certification criteria, The Agreement commits them to utilizing fair and attainable criteria that permit transfer of an R.P.F./ing.f. from one province to another.

The Agreement is the cornerstone for the professional foresters associations’ participation in the national Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and, whereas the AIT is the overriding document guiding labour mobility in Canada, The Agreement sets out for the CFPFA Member Agencies the detail on how this will be accomplished.