The number of international family physicians choosing to immigrate to Canada has steadily increased over the years.
Family physicians from the United Kingdom immigrate to Canada to practice medicine with less administrative restrictions and enjoy a better quality of life.
In Canada, an experienced physician can earn up to $281,000 per year with added benefits of universal healthcare, subsidized education for their children and excellent work benefits.
Canada is also one of the most welcoming countries for immigrants. It provides multicultural communities making it easier for you and your family to settle down.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of family physicians immigrating fell sharply in 2020. However, there are still many opportunities and immigration pathways for physicians to practice medicine in Canada.
What are the Available Options for Immigration to Canada for Family Physicians?
As a family physician, you can choose to immigrate through the federal Express Entry system, which manages applications for 3 federal economic immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Family physicians may be eligible for the FSWP or the CEC based on their work experience.
Physicians can also opt for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which is offered by 9 Canadian provinces and 2 territories, with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut.
Each province or territory’s PNP nominates applicants with skills and experience relevant to the labor market needs of their individual regions.
These PNPs also offer immigration streams aligned with the Express Entry system that help the provinces nominate highly skilled applicants from the Express Entry pool.
Physicians can apply for specific PNP streams that encourage the immigration of medical professionals. For example, the Physician Stream offered by Nova Scotia, etc.
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