Quebec facing Nurse shortages
Canada is currently facing a huge shortage of nurses, particularly the Quebec province. Quebec’s health network is looking to recruit nurses abroad to fill its current shortage.
The recruitment drive has been planned in Belgium and France in the upcoming months in order recruit 1700 nurses and 200 plus orderlies for Quebec.
For quite some time has been facing a shortage of nurses, the situation worsened due to the pandemic where nurses either left or retired early, due to which the recruitment drive is five times the normal count that it was two years ago, Radio-Canada reported.
The soaring demand for nurses
Provinces across Canada have been facing a shortage of nurses for several months and there have been many warning signs which precede the pandemic which in turn has aggravated the whole situation.
Globe and Mail reported recently that the vacancies have soared by 50 percent in the last year alone, particularly for nurses handling intensive and emergency rooms.
As of November 2020, the vacancy in the Health Care sector is the highest among industries and had an overall opening of 112,700 or one-fifth of vacancies, according to January Labour Force Survey.
One of the major reasons for job vacancies in the health sector is the pandemic which put a stop to immigration. The travel restrictions have hindered immigrants to fill in those positions in the health sector. According to a survey, 41.3 percent of nurses and orderlies and 42.8 percent of medical professionals were immigrants.
How to get a nursing job in Canada?
In order to get a nursing job in Canada, you must have the necessary qualifications. In order to get the license to practice as a nurse, you must have your credentials assessed and work experience reviewed.
The practicing nurses in other countries can immigrate as skilled workers either through federal or provincial economic immigration programs. You can apply through Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). In order to meet the requirements, you must first submit the necessary documents and will receive a Comprehensive Ranking System score based on your age, education, work experience, and language test scores.
Another route of immigration is through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), wherein province brings in immigrants directly through this program addressing skill shortages and filling in skilled workers for vacancies in the provinces in order to improve its economy.
Nursing after 12th
Students who are looking forward to their post-secondary education can immigrate to Canada by applying to colleges that have nursing programs. Students with a background in Biology, Mathematics, Physics/Chemistry are eligible to apply for Practical Nursing diploma across Canada with affordable tuition fee.