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    Massive Healthcare Labour Shortages Mean Opportunities For Nurses

    Even before the pandemic, Ottawa’s Jobbank employment website was forecasting a shortage of 36,500 nurses for the period from 2019 through to 2028.

    The situation is much more dire now. The job website had more than 19,200 job listings for nurses in Canada in early February.

    At the upper end of the wage scale, a nurse in the Canadian territory of Nunavut can earn a median annual wage of $169,045 based on a 37.5-hour work week. The median annual wage for nurses across Canada is $78,000 based on that standard workweek.

    Foreign Nurses Need To Have Their Credentials Recognized

    Immigrating to Canada for these nursing professionals can be as simple as one, two, three. 

    The first step for a nurse eyeing Canada as a destination for immigration is to have his or her academic credentials evaluated to see if they are up to Canadians standards.

    The Canadian government recognizes five organizations for the assessment of foreign educational credentials: 

    • World Education Services (WES);
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS);
    • Comparative Education Service (CES);
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS), and;
    • International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

    Once the educational and background checks have been completed, the next step is for the prospective immigrant to have those nursing credentials recognized in Canada by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a step that costs US$650. 

    The second step in the process for the foreign national looking to immigrate to Canada as a nurse is to create a profile on the NNAS application page. 

    That requires:

    • The submission of two pieces of identity that must be notarized, copes of original documents that have been signed, dated and stamped;
    • a completed nursing education form that can be downloaded from the website filled out, and signed before being sent to the school where the nurse was educated for that school’s officials to complete and then send directly to NNAS along with academic records or transcripts, course curriculum and course descriptions and syllabi;
    • submission of the nursing registration form which is to be sent to the nursing licensing authority where the nurse is currently registered in his or her home country;
    • the nursing practice/employment form which must be signed and sent to all employers the nurse has had over the past five years for them to complete and send to NNAS, and;
    • the prospective applicant for immigration’s IELTS language testing results, which must be sent directly to NNAS from an approved language-testing organization or company.

    Source: Ottawa’s Jobbank employment

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