Canada has announced a $1.5 million investment to help foreign-trained health workers get their credentials recognized.
The funding, announced Monday by Marie-France Lalonde, parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, will help foreign-trained professionals fill key positions in Canada’s health care system in provinces other than Quebec.
What is the purpose of this new project?
This expanded project will help internationally trained health professionals fill important positions in the health labor market. It will also allow N4 to serve as a resource for foreign newcomers and internationally trained health professionals to learn about foreign qualifications and credential recognition in all provinces and territories other than Quebec.
In addition, the project is:
Identify the barriers internationally educated health professionals face in obtaining their foreign skills and credentials in Canada
provide effective policy proposals for solving sector deficiencies
help internationally trained healthcare professionals meet credentialing and qualification specifications more quickly
remove barriers to Canada’s health care employment system
Qualified health programs in 2022
PNP for Canadian Health Professionals
Provinces can nominate qualified healthcare applicants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Some PNPs are specifically for healthcare professionals, while others have broader work experience specifications but may hold immigration nomination draws targeting candidates in the field.
Several provinces have more than one program covering health care workers. PNPs can nominate individuals from the Express Entry system and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination. If these candidates are nominated, 600 CRS points will be added to their Express Entry score. This grant is more than sufficient to allow the applicant to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
PNP pathways for healthcare professionals in Canada include:
British Columbia: Under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry pathways, British Columbia offers a Health Professional category.
New Brunswick: New Brunswick offers a program called Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) that provides a pathway for foreign nurses who can communicate in English or French.
Nova Scotia: The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities Stream occasionally holds draws where health professionals are invited to apply for a provincially nominated program.
Ontario: Ontario invites healthcare professionals to apply through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.
Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan recently launched a specific program for health professionals called the International Health Workers EOI group.
Express Entry Program for Canadian Health Professionals
Health care professionals may be eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The Express Entry system administers these two federal immigration programs.
Express Entry is the federal government’s online system for processing immigration applications. It ranks qualified applicants based on their skilled work experience, age, education, and official language skills, among other factors, using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In the two weekly Express Entry draws, the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.
Although the CEC and FSWP candidate draws were halted during the pandemic, Minister Fraser previously stated that they would resume in early July. In addition, the minister stated that the processing time for new Express Entry applicants would be reduced to six months.
Quebec Program for Canadian Health Professionals
Quebec has its own immigration system. Certain programs, such as PNP and Express Entry, do not exist in Quebec.
Quebec has two programs for skilled workers: the Regular Skilled Worker Program and the Quebec Experience Program. Both programs may be available to healthcare professionals. Candidates for both programs must have a basic knowledge of the French language.
Pilot care programs for healthcare professionals
Caregivers who have a job offer in one of the two eligible professions and meet the other eligibility requirements can apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program or the Home Support Worker Pilot Program. The work experience must be classified as 4411 or 4412 in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Candidates can obtain an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily through these pilot programs.
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