$1.5 Million to Assist Newcomers with Healthcare Qualifications to Work in Canada Faster

Canada Immigration News: Fantastic new measures are being implemented for those who want to live and work in Canada with a foreign qualification in the Canadian healthcare industry. One of the biggest barriers to working in Canada as a doctor, nurse, or occupational therapist, for example, is recognition of your foreign qualification by the Canadian government.

Marie-France Lalonde, the parliamentary secretary to the immigration minister, announced that the government would be budgeting $1.5 million to assist foreigners in gaining recognition for their healthcare qualifications faster.

In 2019, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) formed National Newcomer Navigation Network or the N4. The N4 is a platform that assists newcomers to Canada in the health sector navigate the new systems standardized by the government. The introduction of this new project, which focuses on the collaboration and the sharing of information in the Canadian healthcare field, adds to the enterprise of the N4.

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Lalonde said, “CHEO has a proven track record of ensuring health and social service sector professionals have the knowledge and tools they need to provide equitable care and services to newcomers.”

The allocated funds enable N4 to act as a platform where immigrants may discover information on foreign qualifications and credential recognition in all of the Canadian provinces and territories, barring Quebec. This is done in addition to assisting globally trained health care professionals in finding work in Canada.

Additionally, Fraser’s parliamentary secretary stated that “We are pleased to continue working with the National Newcomer Navigation Network to support health care professionals educated abroad in securing jobs in Canada’s health care sector. These services will help more newcomers succeed, while also helping to build a better future for all Canadians”. 

The project will Identify barriers faced by those who live and work in Canada as healthcare professionals in having their foreign credentials recognized in Canada. It will aim to make practical policy recommendations to close gaps identified within the sector. Critically, it will assist internationally educated health care professionals in meeting credential and qualification requirements more quickly. Lastly, it will remove barriers to working in Canada's healthcare system.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a designated budget project called the Settlement Program. The initiative aims to invest money to assist newcomers in Canada. About $1.02 billion has been set aside by the IRCC to cover the 2022-2023 settlement plans for those who want to live and work in Canada Projects like these continue to encourage skilled workers to immigrate to Canada and alleviate the labour shortage the country still faces.

According to Alex Munter, CEO and President of CHEO, healthcare workers are still in dire need. “Their full inclusion in our health-care workforce will help us address staffing shortages, while also incorporating richly diverse voices of lived experience and better supporting other newcomers,” said Munter.

In recent Canadian immigration news, the country reported over 1 million vacancies across Canada. Many of these are in the Canadian healthcare field.

To alleviate these shortages, Canada has implemented many immigration channels to encourage people to move to the northern country. Programs like these below all assist healthcare professionals to immigrate to Canada.

  • British Columbia’s Skills Immigration Program (Healthcare Professional Category)
  • Manitoba’s Skilled Worker
  • Nova Scotia's Physician Stream for General, Family and Specialist medical practitioners.

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