The Canadian government has launched a particular round of invites for health workers, as the country requires more people in this field.
Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced a special round of invitations for doctors, nurses, dentists, chemists, physiotherapists and optometrists.
The government indicated in a news release that the first round of category-based selection will begin on Wednesday and will invite 500 health personnel to apply. On July 5, a second round of applications will be accepted from 1,500 workers.
The authorities have stated that, in addition to general invitation rounds, category-based selection rounds will be held throughout the year, with more information to be revealed in the coming weeks.
According to the press release, “a dedicated round of invitations for health workers is in addition to existing immigration initiatives to fill labour gaps in the health sector.”
Health care is one of several critical sectors of Canada’s labour force experiencing shortages. To help meet this issue, Sean Fraser announced new modifications to Canada’s primary economic immigration programme, Express Entry, last month. The Government of Canada can now invite people from certain fields or with specific talents, training, or language ability to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
The Canadian government is currently focused on specific sectors in the country that are experiencing labour shortages, including medical sciences. Express Entry rules were implemented in April to streamline the issue of permanent resident visas to physicians who provide publicly financed medical services in the country.
Furthermore, the government announced in December that $90 million will be invested in projects to assist in removing barriers that prevent qualified and talented newcomers from acquiring work experience in their own profession or field of study. To solve the health workforce challenges, Canada is aggressively attempting to retain and recruit health personnel.
“Nowhere is the labour shortage more visible than in the health care sector.” The announcement made today will serve to accelerate, expedite, and streamline permanent residency applications, as well as strengthen health workforce recruitment efforts by bringing in more skilled health professionals. As a result, patients will be able to receive the timely, high-quality care they require and deserve. We will also continue to work with provinces, territories, and stakeholders to address the health worker shortage by improving workforce planning, retention, and streamlining foreign credential recognition so that new health professionals arriving in Canada can apply their skills and expertise more quickly,” Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, said on the occasion.
Express Entry is Canada’s primary application management system for persons seeking permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, Federal Skilled Trades Programme, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programme.
The Canadian government amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022 to allow for the selection of immigrants based on important characteristics that assist economic priorities, such as specific work experience or understanding of French.