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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information.

Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country and you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

Credentials recognition

One of the first things you need to do is to find out the requirements to work as a physiotherapist in Canada. Therefore, after you get your immigrant visa get in touch with the regulatory body that governs the physiotherapy profession in the province or territory where you intend to settle in Canada. They will advise you about the required documentation and the fees for assessment. It is highly recommended that you take this step before you arrive in Canada.

It’s also important not to rush your application and only do that once you are fully aware of the licensure procedure and the regulatory body’s expectations from you.
Regardless of your education or experience, you need to get licensed in Canada in order to practice as a physiotherapist.

  • The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators will assess your educational credentials and qualifications if you are immigrating to the Yukon Territory and all the provinces except Quebec.
  • You will be required to successfully complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), which has a writing component (Qualifying Exam) and a Clinical Component (Physiotherapy National Exam). You can get information on the credentialing process, exam dates and resources for you to prepare for the exam on The Alliance’s website.
  • After the successful completion of the PCE exam and the other requirements of your provincial regulator, you are allowed to apply for full licensure or registration as a physiotherapist.
  • If you’re immigrating to Quebec, you have to follow the requirements set out by the l’Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Quebec.

Credentials assessment services

If you are planning to enroll in a college or university program to upgrade your skills, contact the institution in which you plan to study and find out the steps you should take and the credential assessment agency you should use.

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada

To find more organizations and agencies providing credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained workers like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

Best locations

Physiotherapists are listed by the Canadian Government as one of the high-demand occupations in Canada. Employment opportunities for physiotherapists are expected to be good for the next few years. While there is a shortage of physiotherapists across all of Canada, the shortage is higher in smaller communities where hospitals and physiotherapy clinics experience difficulty in finding qualified workers. Chances of finding employment are considered to be better in these areas.

Choosing a City.

Major employers

The job outlook for the physiotherapy profession in Canada is positive. Many jobs are expected to open over the next few years due to both newly created positions as well as a result of some older workers retiring.

Physiotherapists in Canada are normally employed at hospitals, health care centers, industry and sports organizations, and rehabilitation centres, but opportunities also exist for those wishing to set up private clinics.

You can visit the Best Employers for New Canadians website to check for hospitals or healthcare centres which you might be interested in. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.

Another website to check out is TRIEC’s Immigrant Success Awards  which recognizes employer leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area.