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Immigrants Working in Healthcare Will Have More Opportunity For Permanent Residency

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Immigrants Working in Healthcare Will Have More Opportunity For Permanent Residency

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Minister Marco Mendicino find more pathways for Permanent Residency for immigrant healthcare workers. In his January 15, 2021 mandate letter, the PM made the recruitment and retention of healthcare workers from other countries a top priority for Canada immigration. Mendicino was assigned to:

Continue to implement measures that create pathways to permanent residency for those who have provided health care in long-term care homes or medical facilities or performed other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada's immigration goal is to welcome 351,000 immigrants in 2021 and 361,000 - 390,000 newcomers in 2022. Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, therapists and technologists are in demand in many communities across Canada.

Canada Health Care Workers Permanent Residence Pathway

Canada encourages applications for Permanent Residence from people with skilled abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. One of the most significant programs to become a permanent resident in Canada is known as the Provincial Nominee Program or PNP. This is a system that allows the territorial and/or provincial governments to select immigrants based on the specific economic needs of that territory or province.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
British Columbia is actively recruiting more health care professionals. The Skills Immigration (SI) – Healthcare Professional category of the BC PNP helps physicians, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals work in B.C. gain permanent residence.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
PEI PNP issued invitations to essential workers in healthcare in 2020 under their Critical Worker Stream both already working on PEI and a NOC-C Initiative outside of Prince Edward Island.

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
Nova Scotia targeted nurses through the Express Entry Labour Market Priorities stream in the May 22 draw, and continues to recruit general practitioners and family physicians.

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Are You A Healthcare Worker Who Wants to Move to Canada?

The health and safety of Canadians during the COVID pandemic is a top priority of the Canadian government. Healthcare workers are considered essential workers and can travel to Canada during the pandemic. Health care professionals who want to work in Canada and become permanent residents should talk to an experienced immigration legal professional who can review their qualifications and help them find the best opportunity to move to Canada.

At Ackah Business Immigration Law, our goal is to make Crossing Borders Seamlessly a reality and to smooth your way to new opportunities in Canada. Ackah Law is headquartered in Calgary with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 or email us directly at [email protected].


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