Moving To Canada: Demand For Healthcare Workers Has Only Increased In Recent Years

Moving To Canada: Demand For Healthcare Workers

A new report released by Statistics Canada towards the end of May 2021, examines the representation of immigrants in nursing and health care support occupations in Canada. 

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To a matter of delight, the immigrants who arrived in Canada as adults are overrepresented in nursing and healthcare support occupations. It means that foreign skilled workers form a significant part of Canada’s nursing & healthcare support workforce. 

“Nursing and health care support occupations” refers to the occupational groups from the 2016 National Occupational Classification including Professional Occupation in Nursing (Nursing co-ordinators & supervisors, Registered nurses & Psychiatric nurses), Licensed practical nurses, Nurses aides, orderlies, and patient service associates. 

The study analyzed the previous year’s data from 2015/2016 and found that immigrants made up 22 per cent of the total workforce in these occupations.

On numerous occasions, Canada’s immigration Minister Marco Mendicino pointed out the importance of opening up newer immigration pathways because one in every three healthcare workers in Canada were immigrants. His department responded to the demands by opening six new limited-time permanent residency pathways including two dedicated pathways for healthcare workers.  

Furthermore, the demand for healthcare workers has only increased in Canada against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has significantly disturbed public health.

Canada PR For Registered Nurse or Other Healthcare Support 

To move to Canada as a nurse, you must fulfil the following requisites: 


  • An adequate level of relevant work experience in your home country.  
  • Demonstrate that your qualifications are equivalent to that of those who are already working as nurses in Canada. 
  • Must have registered/received a license under the nursing regulatory body of the respective province or territory of intended service. 

Breaking down your moving to Canada process, 

First Step: Secure an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) certificate. Your nursing qualifications must be assessed and this process is managed by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) of Canada. 

Second Step: Further, you must attend a language proficiency test in English or French and subsequently, register your profile in the federal Express Entry pool. Visit a trusted immigration consultant to process your immigration. 

Third Step: Alongside, you may also start looking for a job in Canada as a job offer would make your immigration process easier and faster. Once you have a positive NNAS assessment, you may apply for Nursing Canada registration in the concerned province or territory. 

You can move to Canada permanently as and when you receive an invitation from the Express Entry in one of its fortnightly draws. Provincial Nominee Programs also offer an alternate choice of immigration pathway to Canada. 

Read this blog to get more information on Immigration to Canada as a Registered Nurse

Given that Canada is targeting nearly 1.2 million new foreign skilled workers to work and settle in the country by 2023, you can contact CanApprove to know your detailed prospectus. We offer professional consultancy services to make your immigration process smoother and faster. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for Canada PR. 

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