What Are Your Options

Canada has been always considered the best option for international nurses immigrating to Canada. Canada has the widespread health care system. That is why nurses are by far in a better working environment comparing to nurses working in developing countries. Canada provides a healthy working environment. Nurses in Canada are valued and appreciated for their effort and фку rewarded accordingly.

Nurses are and will always be in high demand; especially now that pandemic has intensified the need for nurses in Canada.

Hence, Canada has provided ways to fill job vacancies in the health sector by offering pathways to permanent residency for international nurses immigrating to Canada. Following the pandemic that causeв considerable shortage of nurses, еру federal and provincial governments provided programs to encourage international nurses to fill the vacant positions.

Now let’s take a look at the pathways for nurses to come to Canada:

Express Entry

Express Entry is an online point-based system that is created to manage federal immigration applications. Nurses can apply either through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

  • FSWP

    FSWP requires at least 1-year work experience within the past 10 years. The more years of experience will get more points. Moreover, the applicant is required to have a language benchmark of CLB 7 in English or French. Age and Education have also their own points. In order to be eligible to enter the pool of candidates, one must have at least 67 out of 100 score.

  • CEC

    CEC refers to Canadian Experience of the candidate. So, the applicant must have at least one year working experience in Canada in the past three years before submitting their application.

Nurse Immigration To Canada Express Entry

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Some provinces can nominate nurses through the PNP pathways:

  • Ontario:

    Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream for foreign skilled workers in the Express Entry pool;

  • British Columbia:

    BC PNP Skills Immigration Stream through Health Care Professional Category;

  • Saskatchewan:

    The International Healthcare Workers EOI system is open to the Health sector occupations including nurses in Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

  • Nova Scotia:

    Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream is one the best to immigrate to Canada as a skilled nurse;

  • Manitoba:

    Nurses are one of the Rural In-demand Occupations in Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, the Skilled Workers Stream;

  • New Brunswick:

    Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and personal support workers are in high demand in New Brunswick.


The Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) is for skilled workers like nurses who wish to immigrate to Québec permanently. This program has two steps — declaring interest in immigrating to Québec to work, and receiving an invitation to apply for permanent selection, if profile matches the criteria needed in Québec.

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