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Immigrants form a significant part of Canada’s healthcare workforce

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Immigrants constituted a major part of Canada’s nursing and healthcare support workforce, revealed a report published by Statistics Canada. The study analysed data from 2015/2016 and found that immigrants made up 22 percent of the total workforce in these occupations.


Considering the significant role that immigrants play in sustaining a quality healthcare system in Canada, the country has undertaken a few important steps to attract more foreign healthcare workers. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched six new immigration pathways earlier this year. Two among these exclusively targeted healthcare workers. One was for francophone healthcare workers and the other one for Anglophone healthcare workers. When these pathways were launched, Canada’s immigration Minister Marco Mendicino pointed out that these pathways were important because one in three healthcare workers in Canada were immigrants. With the COVID-19 affecting public health in Canada in a major way, the demand for healthcare workers has only increased in the country.

Immigrate to Canada as a nurse

You can immigrate to Canada as a nurse as nurses have huge demand in the country. For that, you must have the required level of work experience in your home country in the same field. You must also demonstrate that your qualifications are equivalent to that of those who are already working as nurse in Canada. You must also be licensed or registered under the nursing regulatory body of the province or territory where you are planning to work.

So the first step in your process of migrating to Canada as a nurse will be getting your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done. Then your nursing qualifications must be assessed and this process is managed by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) of Canada. Then you may create an Express Entry profile and attend a language proficiency test in English or French. Along with the same, you may also start looking for job in Canada as a job offer would make your immigration process easier and faster. Once you have a positive NNAS assessment, you may apply for Nursing Canada registration in the concerned province or territory. You can move to Canada permanently when you receive an invitation from the Express Entry and successfully apply for permanent residence in Canada.

If you wish to know in detail about migrating to Canada, contact the Canada immigration consultants of Canada. We offer professional consultancy service to make your process smoother and faster. Contact us now!

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