Canada Welcomes Health Workers with New Immigration Stream
Canada, like other countries, is met with an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers across various key sectors, including the healthcare industry. Following the lack of skilled employees, Canada plans to introduce a new immigration stream specifically for healthcare workers. Interestingly, Canada aims to double the number of healthcare professionals entering the country every year with its brand-new strategy.
Do you remember when last month, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser, announced updates to the Express Entry program? The changes allowed the government to issue invitations to apply for permanent residency for candidates belonging to specific fields or possessing valuable skills, language abilities, or training.
IRCC Minister Sean Fraser and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced a dedicated round of invitations on 28 June for healthcare workers, such as nurses, doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, optometrists, and pharmacists. The first round for category-based selection opened recently and sent invitations to apply to 500 health workers. Plus, the second round was conducted on 5 July and invited 1,500 workers to apply.
While announcing the new immigration stream, Sean Fraser added that Health professionals are always working tirelessly to provide the best care to people in communities across Canada. Regardless, Canada’s health system requires an additional workforce that keeps offering the high-quality care Canadians deserve. He further expressed his excitement to be introducing the first healthcare category-based selection round with Minister Duclos. Sean Fraser stated that this step would make permanent residency for skilled workers in the healthcare sector more accessible.
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Currently, immigration is credited with nearly 100% of the growth in Canada’s labour market, ultimately helping the country overcome labour shortages in key sectors.
That’s why the government is adamant about ensuring that its immigration growth plans help solve labour shortages in the following key sectors;
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
- Skilled Trades
However, the new process is expected to first benefit the healthcare sector by successfully recruiting around 8,000 healthcare workers annually.
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