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Posted on January 25 2023

BC and Ontario paving easier paths for international nurses to work in Canada

By  Editor
Updated October 27 2023

Highlights: New paths for international nurses in Canada

  • A new pathway for international nurses to work in Canada has been announced.
  • Multiple conditions that were functional earlier would be removed to ease the welcoming of international nurses.
  • The Canadian government would cover certain fees.
  • The government of Canada had earlier invested 12 million CAD for international nurses in Canada.
  • The healthcare system of Canada is facing a workforce shortage.

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Abstract: British Columbia and Ontario have announced new eased pathways to welcome international nurses to Canada.

Ontario and British Columbia recently announced a few pathways to welcome more international nurses to the provinces. The provinces require more skilled nurses to address the workforce shortage and cater to the Canadian population.

British Columbia would remove certain fees and offer financial support to nurses resuming practice.

Ontario supported more than 800 IEN or internationally educated nurses last year by increasing the funding for a program. The province hopes to increase the number of nurses working to increase by 1,000 by March 2023.

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The authorities in British Columbia have announced that they will be covering the application fees and assessment fees for IENs in Canada. The cost is around 3,700 CAD. The province will also offer a maximum of 4,000 CAD per person to pay for the assessments and travel costs for nurses resuming practice.

Supporting nurses is vital to make healthcare accessible for the British Columbia population. The British Columbian government announced 12 million CAD in bursaries for IENs in April 2022. Since the announcement of funding, around 5,000 individuals have voiced their interest in nursing in the province of British Columbia. Among those, 2,000 individuals are working actively to complete the process of registration and assessment.

Over 90% of the applications received by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives came after the changes in 2022.

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Last year, Ontario introduced policies to welcome more IENs into the province. The introduced modifications are given below:

  • Allowing nurses educated abroad to register in temporary classes and begin working while working toward complete registration.
  • Easing the resumption of activities for nurses who were non-practicing or retired. They should have been practicing nursing for a certain period of time to be eligible to apply for reinstatement.
  • Starting a temporary independent practice registration class for healthcare professionals from other territories and provinces. It made it easy for them to work for a maximum of 90 days in Ontario.

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A few more measures for IENs were implemented on January 1, 2023. The policies will speed up the registration process, such as:

  • Health regulatory colleges need to adhere to time limits while making registration decisions.
  • Canadian work experience is not mandatory for registration in health regulatory colleges.
  • Accept language tests authorized by the IRPA or Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to reduce invalid language proficiency tests for foreign nationals to Canada.

Like British Columbia, Ontario covers the fees for applications, registration, and examinations for the College of Nurses of Ontario. The cost is approximately 1,500 CAD. Ontario has invested 764 million CAD in offering Ontario nurses a maximum of 5,000 CAD as a retention incentive.

Canada is introducing many policies to attract and retain healthcare professionals to address the workforce shortage in the country's healthcare system.

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