Canada is one of the countries where the demand for doctors and health professionals is always high. Canada has over 60 immigration programs to choose from. But if the immigrant is looking to immigrate to Canada and practice as a doctor, they need to apply under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of the economic skilled immigration programs. The other two are Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All the applications for FSWP, FSTP, and CEC are managed under the express entry program.
The express entry program was launched on 1st January 2015 to help in filling the gap of skilled labor in the Canadian labor market. It is a point-based system where candidates first need to get 67 points in the immigration eligibility point-assessment grid. These points are given based on some of the eligibility factors like age, work experience, language proficiency, educational qualifications, etc. Once candidates have cleared these eligibility criteria, then they are able to create an express profile. For creating the express profile candidates needs to submit all their credentials. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a ranking system where these express profiles are ranked based on CRS points. The higher the profiles in the CRS, the higher are the chances to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once a candidate gets an ITA, they are able to apply for permanent residence to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
ITAs are given to the candidates based on the express draws that are held on a regular basis by the IRCC. These draw set a number of invitations to be sent and the CRS cut-off for that draw. Candidates who have cleared the CRS cut-offs are given the invitations to apply for a permanent residence visa. The latest express draw set the cut-off at 438 CRS points.
Follows these simple steps to apply for getting a license to practice as a Doctor in Canada in 2023:
All the candidates who are immigrating to Canada and want to work as a doctor as their profession has to be familiar with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). For that candidate will need a certification called Licentiate.
Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. Following are the requirements to get this certificate:
The important thing to note that is getting approval from MCC does not mean that the candidate can practice in Canada. Part 1 of the MCCQE can be taken from anywhere around the world but part 2 of the MCCQE has to be taken in Canada only. After passing both examinations, the candidate still needs the approval of the Medical Regulatory Authorities in the province or territory.
Following is the list of medical authorities in Canada according to the provinces respectively:
|Province/Territory||Medical Regulatory Authority|
|Alberta||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta|
|British Columbia||College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia|
|Manitoba||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba|
|New Brunswick||College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador|
|Northwest Territories||Government of the Northwest Territories|
|Nunavut||Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services Medical Registration Committee|
|Ontario||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario|
|Prince Edward Island||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island|
|Quebec||College des medecIns du Quebec|
|Saskatchewan||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan|
|Yukon||Yukon Medical Council|
Candidates who are planning to immigrate to Canada as a doctor must be aware of the other costs for their budget estimation. Some of the related costs are as follows:
Some of the provinces in Canada have a special stream in their immigration nomination programs only for health care professionals. These provincial nomination programs are as follows:
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