Canada Needs 60,000 New Nurses!

One of the most prominent nursing groups in the country, the Canadian Nurses Association, warns that Canada will experience an extreme shortage in nurses in the coming years. The CNA predicts a shortage of 60,000 nurses by the year 2022. One strategy for overcoming the nursing shortage, is increasing Canada’s nursing population through immigration!

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Canada's Nursing Shortage

According to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Canada is on track to have a shortage of 60,000 nurses by the year 2022. Several decades of budget cuts, combined with a failure of nursing employment to keep up with hospital demand has put Canada in the dangerous position of experiencing a severe lack of nursing professionals. A shortage of nurses could result in a lack of quality in Canadian healthcare services, unless action is taken to increase the number of nurses.

One strategy identified for addressing the shortage in nurses is through immigration. By bringing foreign nurses to Canada, the country will be able to improve health services for all Canadians. There are a range of immigration programs available to overseas nurses who want to come to Canada and launch their careers in healthcare!

Immigration Options for Nurses

Canada has a number of immigration programs which help nurses to immigrate as permanent residents. With permanent resident status, these foreign nurses will have the right to live and work anywhere in Canada, along with the same access to Canadian healthcare and social services as any Canadian citizen.

Below is a listing of immigration options for nurses who want to immigrate to Canada. All of these programs require an education in nursing. As well, work experience in a hospital is a big advantage in all programs, which are highly competitive.

Express Entry: Express Entry is Canada’s federal system used to manage immigration applications. One program within Express Entry, the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, targets skilled workers. Nurses who have at least one year of full-time work experience might qualify for this program, which has processing times as fast as 4 months!

FSW is highly competitive, using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to select only the best applicants. Nurses with higher education, work experience, and good English or French language proficiency can find success through this stream!

Quebec Skilled Worker: The province of Quebec runs its own immigration program for overseas workers, called the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program. This program uses a points-based system to rank candidates and pick the best ones to immigrate to Quebec. This program gives more points for higher levels of education and work experience, so nurses with university degrees and several years of experience have an advantage.

Notably, the work experience for QSW does not have to be related to the field of education, so if a nurse has unrelated work experience, they might be able to apply it to this program! QSW also awards extra points for candidates with children – making the program ideal for nurses who wish to immigrate with their families!

Nova Scotia Nominee Program: Each of Canada’s provinces and territories runs their own immigration program, called Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), which let the provinces select immigrants based on the needs of their workforce. The east coast province of Nova Scotia, runs the Nova Scotia Nominee Program(NSNP), which targets nurses living overseas who wish to immigrate. In order to be eligible, a nurse must have at least one year of nursing experience and an active Express Entry profile.

All nurses wishing to immigrate to Canada should be aware that they may need to obtain certification to practice in Canada. Depending on their level of education and how Canada recognizes their nursing credentials, new immigrant nurses may have to complete further training and sit the National Council Licensure Examination(NCLEX) before they are authorized to work as nurses in Canada.

To learn more about which pathway for immigration is best for you, simply complete our free assessment. A member of the Canadim Team will review your eligibility and contact you to discuss your options!

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