Nova Scotia targets healthcare professionals

The Nova Scotia government is to launch a new immigration stream targeting certain healthcare professionals.

The Canadian province will be looking to attract general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians, with an emphasis being placed on UK and Irish workers.

In order to be eligible for the programme, applicants will need a job offer approved by either the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK), which is based in the province’s capital city, Halifax.

The stream is designed to expedite the immigration process for physicians by reducing the amount of paperwork involved. The Nova Scotia’s immigrant nominee program says it will rely on credential assessments performed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in a bid to eliminate duplication

Dr Lynne Harrigan, vice-president of medicine and integrated health with the NSHA, believes that the recruitment of foreign physicians is essential for Nova Scotia. “We are operating in a competitive environment across Canada and internationally,” she said. “This stream provides our province a much-needed advantage.”

In a news release, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) and the NSHA says they will work together to recruit doctors in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2018.

Article published 28th February 2018