Year on year, one of Canada’s most in demand professions are nurses. We are simply not producing enough qualified professionals and with the global standard of nursing being so high, it gives Canada the opportunity to look beyond our borders at global talent. Life expectancy of Canadians has also been increasing incrementally with every passing year. As it stands the average life expectancy for a Canadian resident or citizen is 81 years. In 1965 it was only 65 years. So you can possibly see the conundrum, an increasing number of retired Canadians that require care. But aside from the elderly, we are also facing another challenge, infant care. While pediatric units across the country are not understaffed, there is a drive from the federal government to increase the number of nurses on staff at hospitals, and that is where you come in. If you would like to immigrate to Canada, there are a number of programs that could see you earn permanent residency which we will take a brief look at as well as what life would be like in Canada working as a pediatric nurse.
There are likely tens of immigration streams you could be eligible for as a pediatric nurse in Canada, let’s explore the main programs these streams fall under so you are a little more aware of what your options are.
Canada’s premium immigration pathway, the Express Entry Program allows applicants to obtain permanent residency in as little as six months. The first and most important step in applying for permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry Program is to determine whether you are eligible. Once you know that you meet the requirements, you can create an online profile. The information you provide will be used to calculate a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, and you will be entered into a pool of applicants for one of the following programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program - for people with qualifications and skills in managerial and professional occupations. Nurses fall into this category;
- Federal Skilled Trades Program - for people with qualifications or experience in trade occupations; and
- Canada Experience Class - for people in the above categories who have one or more years of experience working in Canada in that trade/profession.
If you are eligible for one of the above programs, maximising your CRS is of the utmost importance as you will be competing for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency against skilled workers and tradesmen from all over the world. With the help of a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, you will have the best chance at being successful in receiving your ITA.
Provincial Nomination Program
The Provincial Nomination Program could be considered a better option than the Express Entry Program if you have a particular province in mind in which you would like to settle in Canada. If you have any family members or relatives already living in Canada, it will count in your favour to settle in the province that they already live in. Nurses are very much in demand across Canada so you should be able to settle wherever you choose.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
If you have ever read a Stephen King Novel, this is the kind of country he talks about in all of his novels, without the scare factor. To the north of Maine, USA is Atlantic Canada. Four maritime provinces; Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island,where Anne of Green Gables brightened up the small farming village. Each province is truly more beautiful than the last in their own unique ways. Deep evergreen forests that stretch on for hundreds of kilometers and quaint towns with heaps of character and a whole lot of friendly people. The provinces have together created the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, an immigration program aimed at both skilled and unskilled people with job offers specifically in Atlantic Canada.
So if you can secure a job offer as a nurse in one of these four provinces, you can apply for your permanent residency at the same time as you apply for your temporary work permit so you can set of to Canada and start a life you read about in books or see in movies.
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
This immigration program is straight forward, secure a job offer as a nurse in one of the participating communities, and they will motivate your application for permanent residency to the Immigration, Refugees Council of Canada (IRCC). As long as you are eligible, you will get your permanent residency no questions asked, except for on the day you collect your permanent resident card. Don’t let the name of the program fool you either, the size of the community you choose is up to you. Some of the smaller towns like Claresholm in Alberta have a population of around 3,780 people, but participating communities range greatly in size all the way up to small cities like Thunder Bay in Ontario which has a population of around 110,000 people.
Life in Canada
The lifestyle you want to live in Canada is completely up to you. Because nurses are so in-demand across the country, you have the luxury of choosing where you want to live. From cities to small towns, wide open countryside to being surrounded by mountains. One thing you can nearly always be certain of is you will be near a lake because Canada has over two million of them.
The Cost of Living
Nurses are paid well in Canada, the average salary for pediatric nurses is $81,670 a year. The average salary across the board in Canada is $55,806 a year with only a 5.3% unemployment rate, so you will be living well above the norm and will be able to afford your own home, car, vacations and whatever else you have always dreamed of.
The People of Canada
Canada is consistently ranked in the top 10 safest countries in the world. The low unemployment rate contributes significantly to that, but we are also very proud of our inclusive and diverse attitude when it comes to all creedences, colors and orientations. Surely you have heard the rumour about how polite Canadians are, it’s not a lie.
It can get very cold in winter in Canada, but the cold is surpassed bu the beauty and the joy that comes with the December season. Ice skating on frozen lakes and ponds, toboggan down snow covered hills and enjoying skiing in one of the numerous resorts all over the country. Then comes the long, warm and balmy summers. Towns and cities alike host concerts in their local parks, people hike thousands of the most beautiful trails in the world and drive-in theatres come alive for retro movie nights. There really is something for everyone in Canada.
How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada
The immigration process can be complicated, there are numerous forms that have to be completely faultless and supported with various documents. There are tough deadlines that have to be met and the last thing anyone needs is to have to resubmit their application over and over because of a few silly unforced errors. By choosing to use our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the Canadian visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the Canadian government to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them for you.
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