Navigating Canada’s Immigration Programs for Healthcare Professionals

Immigration Programs for Healthcare Professionals

Canada is renowned for attracting immigrants in healthcare occupations due to its world-class healthcare system and emphasis on universal access to quality medical services. 

The country offers excellent job opportunities and career growth prospects for healthcare professionals, making it an attractive destination for those seeking to enhance their careers in a supportive and progressive environment. 

Thus, Canada’s inclusive immigration policies and diverse, welcoming society make it a desirable choice for immigrants, ensuring a smooth transition and integration into the Canadian healthcare workforce and communities.

These permanent residency immigration programs cater to the immigration needs of healthcare professionals who want to work and settle in Canada.

Express Entry is one of the perfect immigration programs for healthcare professionals in Canada due to its efficient and streamlined process, allowing skilled professionals in the healthcare sector to apply for permanent residency in Canada more quickly. 

Moreover, Express Entry draws prioritize candidates in high-demand fields like healthcare, increasing their chances of receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) and ultimately fulfilling their aspirations of contributing to Canada’s esteemed healthcare system. The new Category based draws that have been recently implemented under the express entry system targets healthcare workers, on June 28, 2023, IRCC conducted the first Health Care Draw inviting 500 applicants and on July 6th, 2023 IRCC conducted the second draw inviting 1500 Candidates under the Health Care Category. 

Applicants from all over the world can apply for Express Entry. 

Applicants having experience in the following NOC Codes were invited: 

  • Audiologists and speech language pathologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • Education counsellors
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Instructors of persons with disabilities
  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • Other practitioners of natural healing
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Paramedical occupations
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • Specialists in surgery
  • Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
  • Veterinarians

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is  one of the perfect immigration programs for healthcare professionals in Canada or outside Canada because it allows provinces and territories to nominate candidates with specific skills and expertise in healthcare, addressing regional labor market needs. 

Healthcare professionals often receive enhanced opportunities for nomination through dedicated streams within various PNPs, streamlining their path to permanent residency. With a growing demand for healthcare services across different provinces, the PNP provides a tailored and expedited route for healthcare workers to contribute to local communities and enhance their careers in the Canadian healthcare system.

Several provinces in Canada have specific streams under their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) dedicated to healthcare professionals. These streams aim to address the shortage of healthcare workers in rural and remote areas of the provinces. For example, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) has a Healthcare Professional Stream, and Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker – Health Professionals category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). 

The Healthcare Worker Stream which is a part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP), is specifically designed to attract and retain internationally trained healthcare professionals. The stream is open to health professionals across a wide range of occupations including, but not limited to, registered nurses, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, specialist physicians, allied health professionals, and health technologists.

Applicants must have a full-time, indeterminate job offer from a public health authority in one of the eligible occupations. They also need to demonstrate their ability to become economically established in British Columbia, meet minimum language requirements, and possess the appropriate certification or licensing for their occupation.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) allows eligible healthcare professionals to secure job offers from employers in these regions, providing a direct pathway to permanent residency. 

By participating in the RNIP, healthcare workers can make a significant impact on underserved communities, while also benefiting from a more streamlined immigration process tailored to the specific needs of rural and northern regions.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) allows designated healthcare employers to hire skilled workers from abroad, providing a direct route to permanent residency for healthcare professionals who receive a job offer in one of the participating provinces. 

The AIP offers a streamlined and employer-driven process, making it an attractive option for healthcare workers seeking to contribute their expertise to the healthcare sector in the vibrant and welcoming communities of the Atlantic provinces.

Employer-Specific Work Permit and obtaining an eligible job offer

Healthcare workers can become temporary residents in Canada through an Employer-Specific Work Permit by securing a valid job offer from a Canadian employer in the healthcare sector. 

The employer must obtain a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to demonstrate that hiring a foreign worker is necessary due to a shortage of qualified Canadians for the position. 

Once the LMIA is approved, the healthcare worker can apply for a work permit, allowing them to work in Canada temporarily while contributing their skills and expertise to the Canadian healthcare system. Having an employer-based job offer can assist in adding 50 to 200 points to the express entry.

Some of the NOC Codes for Healthcare Occupations

Here are some of the NOC codes for healthcare occupations, which serve as a reference for immigration programs for healthcare professionals in Canada. 

NOC Code



Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine


Specialist Physicians


General Practitioners and Family Physicians










Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists




Dietitians and Nutritionists




Occupational Therapists


Other Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment


Medical Laboratory Technologists


Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists’ Assistants


Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians


Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists


Medical Radiation Technologists


Medical Sonographers


Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists


Other Medical Technologists and Technicians




Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists


Dental Technologists, Technicians, and Laboratory Bench Workers




Practitioners of Natural Healing


Licensed Practical Nurses


Paramedical Occupations


Massage Therapists


Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment


Dental Assistants


Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates


Psychiatric Aides

If you are a healthcare worker aspiring to live and settle in Canada, our specialized immigration consultation services are designed to support your journey to success.

With a deep understanding of the Canadian immigration system and its various pathways for healthcare professionals, we can offer expert guidance and personalized assistance throughout the application process. From identifying the most suitable permanent residency programs to ensuring that all necessary documentation is complete and accurate, our team is dedicated to maximizing your chances of a successful application and helping you realize your dream of starting a new life in Canada. 

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Please note that none of the information on this website should be construed as being legal advice. As well, you should not rely on any of the information contained in this website when determining whether and how to apply to a given program.
Canadian immigration law is constantly changing, and the information above may be outdated.
If you have a question about the contents of this blog, or any question about Canadian immigration law, please contact the Author. Please book a consultation if you would like to get answers to general immigration questions and advice specific to your situation.

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