Canada has a competitive job market and the search for desirable employment can be challenging, long and expensive. Professionals who succeed in this market are well educated and prepared to compete against many others for desirable jobs. Regulated healthcare professions are especially competitive. Most university and community college programs are full each year and some have wait lists of applicants. No graduate is guaranteed a full time position after graduation. Many new graduates settle for part-time or temporary positions until a full time position becomes available. Canadians know that they must be willing to travel for work or relocate to another part of the country if necessary. They know that they need more than a license to practice to secure a good job. They need strong “soft skills” too. These include strong language, job search, interview and networking skills.
As a potential immigrant, you can be competitive in the Canadian healthcare system when you have a good understanding of the professional requirements and are prepared to work hard to improve these soft skills.
You should plan ahead and begin this process long before you immigrate. It may save you time, money and help you to avoid any potential complications or disappointment.
Canada is a huge country of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Each of the 13 regional governments legislates how healthcare will be provided in its region. Some practice requirements may be different between these jurisdictions. Decide the career you wish to practice and where you want to work in Canada before you make plans to come. Research your profession’s requirements and compare them to your own qualifications before you make any decisions about immigration.
The following check lists will help you get started.
|I know the role of healthcare providers in the Canadian health care system.|
|I know the profession I want to practice in Canada.|
|I know whether or not it is a regulated profession.|
|I know my skills and knowledge match those required to work in Canada.|
|I can list my skills and strengths for a resume and to prepare for an interview.|
|I know which skills I may need to improve such as language skills, professional competencies, etc.|
|I can list my career experiences from the past 5- 10 years. (I will need this information for my resume.)|
|I have documents to prove my education and experiences, i.e., degrees or diplomas, licenses, work records, employer references, awards, etc.|
|My documents are translated into either English or French.|
|I know what I would do if I cannot receive licensure in my profession either temporarily or permanently.|
|I would consider a bridging program if necessary.|
|I would work in an alternative career such as an assistive level or other related profession.|
Assess Health Careers Canada's Self Assessment Readiness Tools™ provide information about the knowledge, skills and abilities you will need to practice your profession in Canada. Each online tool offers a glimpse into the daily professional practice and provides resources and links to regulators and/or professional associations. Some of the tools describe assistive level professions.
View the tools to see whether your skills are a match for those required to work in Canada as a: