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Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson announced at a news conference at UBC a $680,000 funding for a new program at UBC to help internationally educated midwives become fully licensed in BC. Minister Wilkinson said this is will be most more cost effective and a faster way than to ask people that are already qualified and asking them to start all over again. UBC will enroll 8 students a year starting in 2016 and assess each individual’s training and experiences and tailor the program for each student. Michelle Butler, Director of the UBC midwifery program says the new program will help diversify the midwifery profession and reflect BC’s first and second generation immigrant communities. Ganga Jolicoeur, Executive director of the Midwives Association of B.C says this will help meet the growing demand for midwives in the province.