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In 2018, Canada Demands More Doctors than Ever Before

Canada Demand More Doctors

As compared to previous years, 2018 will witness a surge in demand of doctors in Canadian healthcare fraternity. Moreover, it is estimated that 52,000 doctors will be required to keep up with growing healthcare needs of Americans as well as Canadians.

The fact is – about 700,000 people do not have a family doctor in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The key reason behind this crisis in Canada is that most people considering a career in healthcare want to become specialists or hospitalists, for example general practitioners who work exclusively in hospitals, taking patients from emergency departments, taking medical histories and checking medications. Providing training to more number of doctors will not lessen the immediate problem. For healthcare organizations in Canada, the only short-term solution is to recruit more foreign-trained doctors.

New Canadian Immigration Stream for Doctors

A new immigration stream is started for doctors to migrate to Canada within 5-10 days in the provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia. As of now, there are currently 75 vacancies for family doctors in Nova Scotia. However, currently Nova Scotia accepts applications from 29 jurisdictions, including the UK and USA. Moreover, doctors who want to work in Canadian hospitals and medical facilities must have a valid job offer/written approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre as a:

  • General practitioner and family physician (under NOC 3112); OR
  • Specialist physician (under NOC 3111)

The doctors who wish to migrate to Canada need to go through the licensing process with the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada.

The Health Authority of Canada wants to hire at least 12 internationally experienced doctors annually. However, Dr. Lynne Harrigan, vice-president of medicine with the Health Authority said – “They need to hire 110 physicians a year to keep up with the status quo”.

Applying for the New Canadian Immigration Stream for Doctors

Doctors willing to land in Canada to work must first apply to the Nova Scotia immigration department for a provincial nomination before they apply for permanent residence through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For rest of the procedure and formalities, you would need to visit the Canadian Immigration.