Nova Scotia wants to attracted qualified doctors to work for the provincial health service by launching a new Physician Stream.
General practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians from abroad are being sought by the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK).
The stream is specifically design to help fill positions the health authorities have been unable to fill with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Candidates must first apply to the Nova Scotia immigration department for a provincial nomination, before applying for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Nova Scotia Physician Stream: Requirements
Legal Status in Country of Residence
If you are living in Canada, you must provide proof of your legal status as a temporary worker or visitor.
If you apply from outside Canada, you must provide proof that you have legal status in your country of residence.
If you have lost your status, you are not eligible to apply until your status has been restored.
Written approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre as a:
- General practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) OR
- Specialist physician (NOC 3111)
The approved opportunity must be on official NSHA or IWK letterhead and must:
- Be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire physicians at the NSHA or IWK
- Be signed and dated by the applicant who is accepting the opportunity
- Indicate eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NS
- Indicate that the applicant is eligible to apply for privileges and credentials with NSHA and the IWK
Education and Training
A copy of an Education Credential Assessment or proof of education and medical training required for licensure in Nova Scotia.
The ability to perform the job in one of Canada’s official languages as evidenced by an employment offer from the NSHA or the IWK.
Meanwhile, the innovative Nova Scotia ‘Study and Stay’ program is set to be rolled out across Atlantic Canada as the region looks to attract more international students to stay after graduation.
‘Study and Stay’ offers a full range of services to a select group of international students to help them fully integrate into Nova Scotia society.
It is designed to help tackle a retention problem that means only 60 per cent of immigrants arriving in Atlantic Canada stay in the region, compared with 90 per cent in Ontario and Alberta.
The rollout of ‘Study and Stay’ is designed to compliment the existing Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which has a specific international student stream offering permanent residence to graduates who have a job offer from a recognized employer.
Key Benefits of Nova Scotia ‘Study and Stay’
- One-on-one employment and transition support from an EduNova Retention Coordinator, plus additional university/college and community support.
- Access to a province-wide cohort of peers and business networks.
- Two-day Employment Preparedness and Cohort Retreat for each year of your studies, attended by employers, plus Nova Scotia business and government leaders.
- Career assessments and self-value analysis.
- Personalized career and goal-setting plan.
- Training in professional job search, resume and interview techniques.
- Build a network of professional and employment connections.
- Access to a workplace placement scheme to build experience
Nova Scotia ‘Study and Stay’: Who is eligible?
- Students in China, India and the Philippines who are interested in pursuing university, college or post-graduate studies enrolled in any of the following levels of study at a Nova Scotian post-secondary institution: NSCC diploma program, university undergraduate, masters, or doctorate.
- International K-12 students currently studying at a Nova Scotia high school – from China, India and the Philippines.
- Applicants must be accepted into their chosen post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia to receive conditional acceptance into the program. Final acceptance will be given once the applicant receives the appropriate study permit by IRCC.