The nursing profession is one of the most sought-after occupations worldwide. Nurses are needed in many countries including Australia, the UK, the USA, and of course – Canada.
In Canada, Nurses are in huge demand and are on the Canadian NOC List code 3012. Qualified Nurses are eligible for full Permanent Residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Immigration Program on both a Federal and Provincial Nomination basis.
This sounds very appealing for many nurses all over the world, especially when Canada is known to offer a very prosperous and high quality of life for its residents and citizens in general, and nurses in specific.
The first and foremost benefit of working as a registered nurse in Canada is that you get to earn an average salary of $65,000 CAD annually, which is comparatively higher than what is being offered in developing nations. The high-paying scales for RNs make their job equally respectable as that of a doctor or any other high-rank healthcare professional. However, according to the Ontario Nurse’s Association, a career nurse in the province can make over $80,000 CAD. Nurses who go on to management positions in their field may top even this, with payscale.com showing clinical nursing manager salaries in Canada at over $120,000 CAD.
However, any nurse planning to work in Canada must be deemed as qualified to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed/Registered Practical Nurse (LPN/RPN). To qualify, an applicant must register with either the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) or the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR).
In general, in order to be eligible to register as an RN or LPN, you will need to demonstrate competency to practice. The first requirement needed for this is to do an education credentials assessment.
Many international Nurses come to learn and discover that their Nursing Diploma is not equivalent to the Canadian one. Only when education credentials are deemed equivalent to nursing education programs in Canada, the nursing regulatory body will then address whether other application requirements are met. In order to compare a foreign Nursing Diploma to the Canadian one, you may need to register to a Nursing College in Canada and go through some completions. Additional application requirements generally include criteria such as work experience, good character, language proficiency, screening for criminal history, and registration in the jurisdiction where you currently practices. Moreover, you will be required to go through the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) or Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) as part of the registration or license process. At present, these exams can be done only inside Canada.
Canadian provinces and territories also require that you will write an exam as part of the registration or licensure process. Starting in 2015, provincial and territorial nursing regulators (outside Quebec) have been using the NCLEX-RN exam from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as Canada’s entry-to-practice exam.
As Nurses are known to arrive in Canada on PR programs, they will soon find that it is not easy to obtain a student visa to arrive in Canada to do the exams and completions mentioned above. They will also find that the study tuition is very high for a foreign student and that a student visa will not allow the applicant to work while studying, and will require a high bank balance to prove their self-maintenance ability.
Nevertheless, many immigration programs are fitted for Nurses and can open the door to Canada easily and with fewer expenses.
For this reason and more, we highly recommend arriving in Canada with immigration programs that are based on work placement first and then grant permanent residency. Even though the applicant might start with a less appealing job field or description –, it will only be a temporary job, one that will allow you to use this time to do all the necessary requirements, with fewer expenses, while already living in Canada and having an income. And once PR is granted to you, then you will be ready and able to start working as RN in Canada.
It is very important to emphasize that the immigration programs are very serious and demanding, therefore fitted for serious and vigor applicants – visionaries that deeply understands the significance of the huge opportunity given to them, and their immediate family, with Canada opening its gates before them through the immigration programs it issued, and the promise folded within it of quality and prosperous life.
Therefore, if you decide to embark on this life-changing journey, check carefully which immigration program is relevant and fitted to your background and personal profile, (including age, studies, work experience, etc.) and whether your service providers are professionals and reliable, so that you do this life-changing process legally, without losing your money and failing the process.
Who are we?
“Ok for Canada” is an Immigration Agency, located in Israel, that is managed and organized by attorneys at law Michal Kaplan Hachmon & Zohar Caspi Zur, with 20 years of experience practicing law. We specialize in Immigration programs to Canada, and work with a certified immigration consultant (RCIC), representing and accompanying potential candidates in the process of immigration.
Our clients will receive full registration details of our RCIC on the official government Immigration site.
If you are a nurse or a caregiver, and Canada is a dream you want to fulfill, we invite you to take this journey with us. We will personally and professionally escort and guide you throughout this life-changing step, in a way you will feel safe and secure. To take your free assessment please click here and fill our questionnaire.