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Nova Scotia launches new immigration plan for doctors

Nova Scotia launches new immigration plan for doctors

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Nova Scotia immigration plan for doctors

Canada’s province of Nova Scotia has launched an immigration plan for doctors in order to address its critical shortage of doctors, under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)’s new Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream. Currently, there are 124 job positions available on the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s job opportunities webpage. These positions range across specializations and regions of the province.

It’s been estimated that more than 50,000 Nova Scotians are without a family doctor, a shortage the province targeted last year with an investment of $39.6 million for increasing wages and office visit rates and providing the technology required for improving access to primary care.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)’s new Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream offers eligible general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians who have a profile in Canada’s federal Express Entry system the chance to immigrate to the province. See how to create a federal Express Entry profile.

The federal Express Entry Program is the main tool used by Canada to actively assess and select skilled immigrants under the following federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. The program holds regular invitation rounds through which a set number of the highest-ranked candidates in the pool are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Eligibility for Nova Scotia immigration plan for doctors

Only candidates with an approved offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.

General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and Specialist physicians (NOC 3111) will receive a Letter of Interest once NSOI is notified of the candidate’s Express Entry profile number and a signed approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

To apply you must:

  • have an approved opportunity from the NSHA or IWK as either a general practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or a specialist physician (NOC 3111);
  • provide a copy of a signed Return for Service Agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness indicating commitment to live and work in Nova Scotia for a minimum period of two years;
  • receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
  • submit your application within 30 calendar days of the date on which your Letter of Interest was issued;
  • meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry stream for which you have qualified;
  • demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses; and
  • have legal status in your current country of residence.

How to apply

Complete the online application form and include all required information and attachments.

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Eligible doctors selected by the NSNP receive a Letter of Interest (LOI) through the federal Express Entry system and have 30 days from the date it was issued to apply for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia. Doctors who are approved for NSNP will receive an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry ranking score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Application guide and forms

Contact information

Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 1535
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 2Y3

(902) 424-5230
nsnp@novascotia.ca

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