Canada offers amazing job opportunities for foreign nationals working in a range of different occupations. There are work opportunities for everyone, including Occupational Therapists. Are you one of them? Because this post will tell you how to obtain permanent residency in Canada as an Occupational Therapist.
Canada uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code to classify different occupations into different groups based on the skill required to perform the job and the nature of the activities performed during the job. Occupational Therapists are classified as NOC code 3143.
As an Occupational Therapist, it is your job to provide treatment to injured, disabled or ill patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Occupational Therapists are hired by child daycare services, management of different companies, continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for old age people, nursing homes and home health care services in Canada. You can earn up to $83,000 annually as an Occupational Therapist in Canada.
What Are the Requirements for Work in Canada as an Occupational Therapist?
To be able to work as an Occupational Therapist in Canada you will require a prearranged offer of employment with a Canadian employer. You must also meet certain licensing requirements to practice as an Internationally Educated Occupational Therapist in Canada. You must get your foreign education credential assessed by the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organization (ACOTRO). You must also apply to ACOTRO’s Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS). This occupation would also require you to have at least a Bachelor’s degree in this field or some related field. Based on the immigration program or work permit you are applying for, you will be required to have sufficient work experience as an Occupational Therapist.