How to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse?

Process of immigration to Canada as a nurse

Hospitals and clinics in Canada are highly in need of Nurses. Labor shortage will occur more as it is an estimation that many health workers will quit their jobs. The latest wave of Omicron has also put a strain on the healthcare system in Canada.

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Opportunities for Nurses in Canada

Ottawa job bank employment website has shown that the shortage of nurses will be around 36,500 in the period of 2019 and 2028.In early February, 2022 there are 19,200 jobs for nurses in Canada. The average salary that a nurse will earn is $169,045 on the basis of 37.5 hours a week. The median annual wage for Canada is $78,000. This wage is based on annual work week.

Getting Canada PR

Qualified foreign people who want to work in Canada as nurses can look for jobs and get permanent residency. Immigrants can apply for permanent residency through the following:

Nurses can use Federal Skilled Worker Program to apply for permanent residency. Their CRS score should be high. If the CRS score is 50 or more, nurses can apply through Skilled Worker Program in Quebec. Each province in Canada has its own PNP program, and nurses can apply for permanent residence through this program.

Nurses having the following degrees can also apply for permanent residency in Canada:

  • Nurses having a registration and a university degree in nursing
  • Psychiatric nurses having a registration and a bachelor or a post-graduate degree in psychiatric nursing
  • Licensed practical nurses in Ontario having a post-secondary diploma
  • Registered practical nurses in Ontario having a post-secondary diploma

The credentials of foreign nurses should be recognized

  • If nurses want to migrate to Canada, the first thing they need to check is their academics which should match with Canadian standards. Five organizations in Canada have been allocated the job of checking the foreign educational credentials.
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
    • Comparative Education Service (CES)
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    • International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
  • After the checking of the educational background, the next step is registration of the credentials. This registration is done by National Nursing Assessment Service. The cost of this step is US$650.
  • The next step that a foreign national has to take is to create a profile on NNAS page. Here are the requirements for this application.
  • Two notarized copies of identity.
  • Signed, dated, and stamped original requirements.
  • The foreign national has to download and fill out the educational form and sign it, and then submit it to the school where the foreign national had got educated. The form is then sent directly to NNAS.
  • Nursing registration form has to be submitted to the nursing licensing authority in the home country.
  • A nursing practice or employment form has to be signed. The form has to be sent to all the employers where the foreign nurse has worked.
  • The applicants also have to pass the IELTS language test and send the result to NNAS.

Applying to provincial regulatory authority

After sending the application to NNAS, nurses have to submit an application and select a nursing group to which they want to apply. These groups include:

  • British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals and Midwives
  • College of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
  • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
  • Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association
  • Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
  • College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
  • Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers auxiliaires du Québec
  • Nurses Association of New Brunswick
  • Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Nova Scotia College of Nursing
  • College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island
  • College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Government of Northwest Territories, Registrar, Professional Licensing, Health and Social Services
  • Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Health
  • Yukon Registered Nurses Association
  • Government of Yukon, Yukon Department of Community Services

Conclusion

If you want to work as a nurse in Canada, you need to meet the educational qualifications along with other aspects. Foreign nurses have to apply for permanent residency to live and work in Canada.

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