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Health care and social assistance is a big employer in Canada. The demand for health care and other support services is large and growing and job prospects for nurses are expected to be above average over the next several years.

A growing and ageing population will require more health services, which will result in an increased demand for registered nurses. There will also be a considerable number of jobs available due to the need to replace experienced workers as they retire.

Nursing is a registered profession in Canada with three branches: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs, or registered practical nurses – RPNs in Ontario) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) in western Canada.
Registered nurses make up over 75% of the regulated nurses in Canada and are the largest group of health care providers in the country.
There is no national registration for nursing and you have to register with the regulatory nursing college or association in the province or territory where you want to work.

It is important for you to have a general overview of how your international qualifications may be viewed in Canada and have a general sense of the Canadian labour market and workplace culture.
There are many steps that you can take before immigrating to Canada to improve your chances of success to practice your profession in your future country. Consider doing the following which would improve your chances of being registered as a Registered Nurse in Canada:

  • Contact the Canadian diplomatic mission closest to you to find out about the employment requirements for the engineering occupation in Canada.
  • Contact the regulatory body in the province or territory where you intend to settle and work to clarify the requirements and, where possible, actually begin the application process.
  • You will be asked to provide documents to the regulator, or have them sent directly by other organizations for you. Your education, work and identity documents are important and it is much easier to gather them or any other required official document while you are still in your home country.
  • Verify the translation requirements. In some case, you will be required to use professional translation services in Canada.
  • Check with the regulatory body for information about accepted language tests and minimum required scores. Even if you’re a good speaker of English or French, it’s helpful to improve your language skills and enroll in language classes while you are in your home country and continue them after moving to Canada. You can assess your language skills by taking an online self-assessment test on the Canadian Language Benchmarks website.
  • Subscribe to the newsletters of the related professional organizations. This will help you to keep yourself updated with the developments even while you are still in your home country.
  • Know the name of your job in Canada and make a list of potential employers.
  • Enquire about the procedure to get a driver’s license in Canada and apply for it right after you land, as it would be very useful when you get a job or even to get a job.
  • Another helpful thing you can do is to attend a Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) seminar which organizes “pre-departure orientation” and a Know Before You Go webinar to know more about life in Canada.