October 29, 2018 – Nova Scotia immigration officials have been on a tour of the U.K. and Ireland to recruit doctors through the Provincial Nomination Program’s Physician Stream.
The recruitment trip aims to match up qualified candidates with jobs in Nova Scotia, allowing them to access priority processing through the Nova Scotia PNP.
Launched, in February 2018, the Physician Stream has already seen significant success in recruiting doctors to the province.
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Prior to the trip, 14 doctors had already been recruited through the Physician Stream, which requires candidates to have secured job offers from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.
Officials from Nova Scotia took part in one-on-one meetings with candidates in Dublin and London, as well as attending medical careers events.
What Is the Nova Scotia Physician Stream?
The Nova Scotia Physician Stream assists the province’s public health system to hire general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians. It is designed to help recruit and retain doctors for positions the province has been unable to fill with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
“We are encouraged by the increased interest from the U.K. and Ireland arising from our trips last year and will continue building our presence in these areas,” said Dr. Nicole Boutilier, co-vice president of medicine at the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
“Recruitment is most successful when it is a community effort, and in Nova Scotia we see our partners as a strategic advantage that is hard to match.”
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.
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