May 30, 2024

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canada immigration: Canada announces new immigration stream to prioritise health workers

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The health field is one of several key sectors of Canada’s labour force which is facing unprecedented shortages.

To help respond to this challenge, the Government of Canada is issuing invitations to apply for permanent residency to candidates from the field of healthcare, including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and optometrists.

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The first round for category-based selection is already open and will invite 500 health workers to apply. A second round, inviting 1,500 workers to apply, will take place on July 5.

Last month, Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced new changes to Canada’s flagship economic immigration program, Express Entry.

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“Health professionals have been working around the clock to provide world-class care to individuals in communities across Canada, but it’s no secret that our health system needs more workers to continue delivering the quality care that people in Canada deserve,” Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said.

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“I’m excited to be here today with my colleague, Minister Duclos, to announce the first health care category-based selection round, which will increase access to permanent residence for skilled workers with health care experience. We look forward to welcoming many health professionals to our country,” he added.A dedicated round of invitations for health workers is in addition to existing immigration initiatives to fill labour gaps in the health sector.

  • The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, for which two new streams were announced a few weeks ago, creates opportunities for skilled refugees and other displaced individuals to use their education, training and experience to continue their careers in Canada. To date, this pilot has seen the greatest uptake in the health care sector with over 50% of the applications received being for candidates working as nurses’ aides, orderlies, and patient service associates.
  • In April, changes were made to Express Entry to facilitate the issuance of permanent resident visas for physicians providing publicly funded medical services in Canada.
  • In December, the Government of Canada announced $90 million will be invested in projects to help remove barriers preventing qualified and skilled newcomers from gaining work experience in their own profession or field of study.

Between 2017 and 2022, 21,656 skilled newcomers arrived in Canada to work in health occupations.


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