Prospects Of Immigration To Canada For Nurses Improves With $1.5 Million in Funding

immigration to Canada for nurses

Immigration to Canada for nurses and other healthcare professionals are being given increased preference with $1.5 million in funding from a dedicated stream within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Settlement Program. The announcement came from the parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in a bid to support internationally educated health professionals.


The new funds are intended to promote collaboration and information sharing in the health sector. It will facilitate easier immigration by reducing the overall time required by internationally educated health care professionals to get their credentials recognized.

Canada is experiencing a tight labor market, especially in the health sector. Statistic Canada recently reported record levels of job vacancies in health care and social assistance.

In March this year, out of more than 1 million job vacancies, health care, and social assistance employers were seeking to fill 154,500 vacancies.

Immigration to Canada for Nurses or Other Healthcare Support

Immigration to Canada for nurses means obtaining permanent residency and may require eligible candidates to fulfil the following requisites:

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

Further, you must attend a language proficiency test in English or French and subsequently, register your profile in various federal and provincial nomination pools like

Express Entry programs for healthcare professionals

Health care professionals may be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Express Entry is an online system that manages immigration applications for the federal government. It uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank eligible candidates on their skilled work experience, age, education, and official language ability, among other factors. The highest-scoring candidates get invited to apply for permanent residence in bi-weekly Express Entry draws.

Click here to enter the Express Entry pool.

Provincial Nominee Programs for health care professionals

Even though the federal government has the final authority over issuing permanent residency, a provincial nomination can fast-track the process of qualifying for immigration to Canada for nurses.

Here is a list of dedicated provincial nominee programs for immigration of health care professionals to Canada:

  • British Columbia offers a Health Care Professional category under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry pathways.
  • Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream occasionally holds draws inviting health care professionals to apply for a provincial nomination.
  • Ontario invites health care professionals to apply through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  • Saskatchewan has recently launched an International Health Worker EOI pool specifically for health care professionals.
  • New Brunswick’s Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) program is a pathway for foreign nurses who can speak English or French.

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.

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