Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the recruitment and retention of healthcare workers from other countries a top priority for Canada’s immigration minister Friday. In a mandate letter to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino, the Canadian prime minister described the COVID-19 pandemic as the most serious public health crisis the country has ever faced.
Family physicians from the United Kingdom immigrate to Canada by the dozens almost every year to practice medicine free of much of the administrative headaches in their home countries and enjoy a great quality of life. “In the United Kingdom and Ireland, they have to spend a lot of time documenting everything they do,” says
According to doctors, Ottawa’s bid to crack down on abuse of the temporary foreign worker program is hindering efforts to bring in a class of highly skilled labourers, the kind that Canada badly needs. Physician recruiters across the country say the red tape and fees now associated with the program are a cause for concern