Nova Scotia Announces Special Program To Welcome Internationally-Trained Doctors

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The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has announced a new orientation program to welcome and settle doctors trained outside of Canada under Action for Health, a strategic plan for 2022-2026 to improve healthcare. 

Action for Health plan targets to resolve core issues – recruitment and retention, access to care, and outdated health infrastructure in Nova Scotia. This opens up wider scope for the immigration of foreign doctors to settle and continue their medical practice in Canada easily. 

We need more healthcare providers, and we are working hard to welcome those who have trained outside Canada but want to make Nova Scotia their home,” remarked Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson in the media release. 

Under the orientation program named Welcome Collaborative, the maritime province will invest $1.3 million over the next three years to build support systems, mentorship programs, and a sense of community for settling 140 internationally-trained doctors.
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The program is a part of the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment in Nova Scotia which is running a physician licensing initiative that supports easier licensing for physicians trained outside of Canada.

The Welcome Collaborative will support the successful integration of international physicians into medical practice in the province – into the profession and into their new communities. We know that this is key to retaining physicians.” Dr. Gus Grant, CEO, and Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has developed the Welcome Collaborative. All necessary resources required to make this program viable will be provided by physician leaders, Nova Scotia Health, the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, and Doctors Nova Scotia.

How Will CanApprove Help? 

Most internationally-trained doctors delay planning for their immigration to Canada assuming tough licensing and visa procedures. However, the truth be told that Canada is experiencing a shortage of medical professionals including Doctors and Nurses across provinces.  

Currently, Canadian provinces including Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Newfoundland, and Labrador are facilitating more immigration of medical and other skilled professionals trained outside of Canada to address the skill shortage gap across industries. 

Each province or territory has its own Medical Regulatory Authority and recruitment process. Medical occupations including Physicians and Nurses require proper licensing before setting up practice in Canada. A certified immigration consultant like CanApprove will simplify the process for you to qualify for Canadian immigration. 

Book your free appointment to explore your immigration prospects to Canada in 2023.

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