Immigrate to Canada as a Doctor

Medical professionals are in high demand all across the globe. Now more than ever experienced and qualified doctors are in need, especially in Canada.

There are currently hundreds of jobs in Canada for doctors. Whether you’re a general practitioner or a specialist physician, Canada needs your expertise.

As an experienced physician, you could stand to earn up to $312,000 per year and even higher as an experienced specialist, not to mention enjoying the wonderful benefits afforded to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, such as free healthcare as well as primary and secondary schooling for you and your family members, not to mention excellent work benefits. Canada is also one of the safest, multicultural and friendliest nations in the world, making it easy for you and your loved ones to settle into your new home in Canada.

There are various ways to immigrate to Canada in 2020, but we’ve highlighted the top Canadian immigration options for doctors that most international physicians are choosing to apply through and are proving to be highly successful in the visa application process.

To speak to one of our consultants and have your eligibility assessment done by a verified service, simply click the link below or continue reading to find out which options are best for doctors wanting to work in Canada in 2020.

Jobs in Canada: Is There a Demand for Doctors in Canada?

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Doctors are and will be highly in demand, over the next few years, in almost every province in Canada. In the latest job opportunity report from Job Bank, Canada has predicted a labour shortage for medical doctors over the next 9 years at a national level, which means that there will be a need for doctors in Canada until 2028! This is due to the growth of the medical sector as well as earlier retirement and promotions.

Over the next few years, it is estimated that there will be 50,900 new jobs created due to expansion, leaving thousands of job opportunities for foreign doctors who want to work in Canada in the near future. Below are some of the top occupations and average salaries (according to Payscale) for doctors that are currently in demand across the country:

Average Annual Salaries for Doctors in Canada
OccupationAverage Salary (CAD)
General Practitioner (GP)$123,884
Emergency Physician (ER)$179,437
General Pathologist$284,649
General surgeon$194,240
Cardiac surgeon$302,754
Orthopedic surgeon$253,195
Obstetrician Gynecologist$200,000
Occupational Therapist$63,777
Radiation oncologist$300,000

What Benefits Do Doctors Get in Canada?

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When you land that dream job in Canada, you can look forward to some fantastic work benefits, for both you and your family, when you immigrate to Canada as a doctor, such as:

  • Extended health care such as prescription drugs, vision care, dental;
  • Full family benefits including health and dental plan;
  • Semi-private hospitalization;
  • Life insurance;
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance;
  • Short and long term disability benefits;
  • Pension plan;
  • Health and wellness programs;
  • Counselling services;
  • Paid vacation and holidays (4 weeks annual leave + sick days & other leave).
  • Work-life balance.

It is important to note that these benefits may vary from province to province, whether you are employed on a full or part-time basis as well as years of work experience.

How Can Foreign Doctors Apply for Canadian Immigration?

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The answer is a resounding yes! Applying for physician jobs in Canada as well as your visa can, however, be an overwhelming task but we’ve highlighted 4 simple steps that are essential when starting the application process.

Step 1: Choose your Destination

Deciding where you would like to live and work in Canada is important because this may help narrow down your visa or immigration program choices. You may also find that although there may be job opportunities in a particular province or territory, the cost of living may be too high or the lifestyle may not meet your preferences or needs. So before you start applying for jobs in Canada, do some research on your province of choice and make sure that it is the right fit for you and your family.

For more information on some of the most affordable places to live in Canada take a look at our blog here.

Step 2: Take Care of the Paperwork

In order to live and work in Canada as a doctor, you will need to do a little bit more paperwork than other professions. If you have a foreign qualification you will need to first check if your qualification is recognised in Canada. You can check this on the World Directory of Medical Schools. If it is recognized, you may need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). An ECA verifies that your degree, diploma or certificate is valid and equal to Canadian standards. Below is a list of designated organizations that are permitted to do your assessment:

  • Comparative Education Service - University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies;
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada;
  • World Education Services;
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS); and
  • International Credential Evaluation Service.

You will also need to take two tests via the Medical Council of Canada known as the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations (MCCQEs) - Part I and Part II. Part I assesses your medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability while Part II tests your ability to apply that knowledge and show your clinical skills as well as your professional mannerisms. You must pass Part I before you can take Part II.

Once you have completed both tests and can show that you have at least 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training you will receive a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), which is required to apply for a medical licence to practice in Canada. You will receive a Certificate of Registration with your LMCC as well as a certificate to display in your new medical offices in Canada. Once you arrive in Canada, you have to complete further medical training in your chosen province or territory under the relative medical regulatory authority. It is important to confirm this beforehand with the medical authority in your chosen province or territory so that you know exactly what will be expected of you when you move to Canada. Below is a list of medical authorities in each province and territory.

Medical Regulatory Authorities in Canada
Province/TerritoryMedical Regulatory Authority
AlbertaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
British ColumbiaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
ManitobaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
New BrunswickCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and LabradorCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest TerritoryGovernment of the Northwest Territories
Nova ScotiaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
NunavutNunavut Department of Health and Social Services Medical Registration Committee
OntarioCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Prince Edward IslandCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
QuébecCollège des médecins du Québec
SaskatchewanCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
YukonYukon Medical Council

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Step 3: Apply for a job in Canada

Although this is not necessary for all immigration programs, for example, it is not a prerequisite for Express Entry, we highly recommend trying to find employment before you immigrate to Canada. This will not only give you a higher chance of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada but will also give you peace of mind, knowing that when you arrive in Canada you will not have to carry the added stress of finding a job along with all the other arrangements that you will need to make when you first get to Canada such as finding a place to live, opening a bank account, finding a cell phone and internet provider, and so forth.

For top tips on how to land a job in Canada in 2020 visit our blog here.

Step 4: Choose your immigration program and start the application process

There are various ways to immigrate to Canada as a doctor but we’ve listed the top 2 ways that will give you the highest chances of success:

  1. Express Entry system
  2. Provincial Nominee Program

1. Express Entry

The Express Entry (EE) system is a points-based system that manages 3 Canadian federal economic immigration programs.: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Trade Worker Program (FSTP) and the Canada Experience Class (CEC). As a highly-skilled professional, you would qualify to apply through the FSWP or the CEC (if you have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience). Your EE application will be entered into draws, which usually takes place every 2 weeks, and ranked against other applicants according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Applicants with the highest scores will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The Express Entry system is one of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada as it does not require a job offer in Canada, allowing you to work anywhere, and that the application process can take as little as 6 months.

2. Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program allows you to live and work in Canada if you have a valid job offer in Canada that meets the labour demands of that particular province or territory. Each province/territory has its own PNP with specific in-demand occupations and if you receive a provincial nomination, which is worth 600 extra points you are basically guaranteed to receive an ITA for Canadian permanent residence. As mentioned previously, almost every PNP has a stream linked to the Express Entry system, which will speed up your application process from approximately 18 months if you apply directly to the province to 6months when you apply through Express Entry. Below is a list of PNP streams or categories, in each province or territory, for medical professionals who want to immigrate to Canada.

Canadian Immigration for Doctors
Province/TerritoryImmigration Stream/Category
AlbertaAlberta Opportunity Stream
British ColumbiaHealthcare Professional Category
Express Entry Skilled Worker Category
ManitobaSkilled Workers Overseas Stream
New BrunswickExpress Entry Skilled Worker Stream
Newfoundland and LabradorSkilled Worker Stream
Northwest TerritoriesSkilled Worker Stream
Nova ScotiaPhysicians Stream
Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream
OntarioExpress Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
Express Entry French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream
Prince Edward IslandExpress Entry Stream
SaskatchewanInternational Skilled Worker Category
YukonSkilled Worker Stream

Visit our blog here for more information on how to immigrate to Canada in 2020.

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How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada as a Doctor

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Applying for a visa can be time-consuming and confusing. With strict deadlines, procedures and requirements to adhere to, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to immigrate to Canada. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), the process will be stress-free.

When you choose to use our expert and government trusted services, you will receive:

  • An in-depth eligibility assessment
  • Guidance on which of 70+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
  • An immigration plan tailored to your individual needs;
  • A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
  • Support through every step of the application process.

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.

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