Posted on September 10 2022
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Nova Scotia has been attracting international students to improve and accelerate Canadian immigration and specifically recruiting a high number of healthcare workers to meet the needs of the labor shortages.
Dr. Peter Ricketts, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University said, “Introducing this program will help the international graduates from Nova Scotia know the immigration system of Canada better, to choose the right pathway or options to stay in the province.”
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The universities and colleges in Nova Scotia are working together, to introduce a new pilot program in order to support students from foreign countries and help them migrate to the Canadian province.
Dr. Peter Ricketts, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University states that “Students from foreign countries will be considered as newcomers with high potential who will be provided with the required information and coaching.”
“Introducing this program will help the international graduates from Nova Scotia know the immigration system of Canada better, to choose the right pathway or options to stay in the province.”
“We believe that the new pilot program is going to make Nova Scotia a supportive and welcoming society for students from foreign countries.”
Nova Scotia has been attracting international students to improve and accelerate Canadian immigration and specifically recruit a high number of healthcare workers to meet the needs of the labor shortages.
Michelle Thompson, the Health Minister of Nova Scotia mentioned, “immigration alone can decrease the labor shortages since the province has declared to invest over $1 million in the Newcomer Health Clinic.”
Her intention is to modernize the procedure of licensing for healthcare workers trained internationally. These healthcare workers will be able to migrate to Canada and accelerate licensing and credential recognition.
The vacancies in the nursing sector have seen a rise of 219.8 percent in the first few months of 2022. This percentage has contributed to challenges faced by hospitals and healthcare workers.
Assigning more number of employees to work overtime, is considered one of the ways to reduce labor shortages in clinics and hospitals. The number of nurses who worked extra hours was paid the highest in July 2022 since 1997.
The Health Minister of Nova Scotia is looking forward to creating a shared system of licensing with other provinces of Canada and other Atlantic provinces.
Michelle Thompson also stated, “we are highly committed to creating this shared system, which may take up to five to six years of time and we are learning to understand how to take a step forward.”
The province of Nova Scotia has declared that it will be investing an extra $684,000 on a yearly basis to increase the budget of the Newcomer Health Clinic, three times higher.
The Newcomer Health Clinic will be providing primary and preventive healthcare to:
“It is our responsibility to assure safety and health to the individuals who have migrated to Nova Scotia seeking protection” stated by Michelle Thompson.
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“The medical needs of some patients are very complex, experiencing trauma. They haven’t received proper medical attention and may face language difficulties and we are glad to assist the efforts put in by this clinic.”
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