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These 7 tips can begin to give you a much greater chance of becoming a nurse in Canada. The demand for healthcare and other support services is growing, and job prospects for nurses are expected to be above average over the next several years.

An aging 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.

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These 7 tips will improve your chances of becoming registered as a Registered Nurse in Canada:

  1. Contact the Canadian diplomatic mission closest to you to find out about the employment requirements for the nursing occupation in Canada.
  2. Contact the regulatory body in the province or territory where you intend to settle and work to clarify the requirements and, where possible, begin the application process.
  3. Enquire about the procedure to get a driver’s license in Canada and apply for it after you land, as it would be very useful when you get a job or even to get a job.
  4. 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 native country.
  5. Verify the translation requirements. In some case, you will be required to use professional translation services in Canada.  Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) is an occupation-specific language test that assesses proficiency within real-world healthcare scenarios. It evaluates in listening, writing, reading and speaking and is recognized as proof of language proficiency by all Canadian nursing regulators. Visit for more information.
  6. 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 learn more about life in Canada.
  7. When you have received a letter of immigration acceptance or confirmation from the Government of Canada, and can show your diploma or certificate proving graduation from an accredited nursing school, you are eligible to join PASS, the free Pre-Arrival Supports and Services Program provided by CARE Centre for IENs, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. PASS offers one-on-one case management by email and Skype, live group webinars and a range of online training options including nursing-specific language courses.