Canada’s province of Nova Scotia has launched an immigration plan for doctors in order to address its critical shortage of doctors, under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)’s new Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream. Currently, there are 124 job positions available on the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s job opportunities webpage. These positions range across specializations and regions of the province.
It’s been estimated that more than 50,000 Nova Scotians are without a family doctor, a shortage the province targeted last year with an investment of $39.6 million for increasing wages and office visit rates and providing the technology required for improving access to primary care.
Eligibility for Nova Scotia immigration plan for doctors
Only candidates with an approved offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.
General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and Specialist physicians (NOC 3111) will receive a Letter of Interest once NSOI is notified of the candidate’s Express Entry profile number and a signed approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.
To apply you must:
have an approved opportunity from the NSHA or IWK as either a general practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or a specialist physician (NOC 3111);
provide a copy of a signed Return for Service Agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness indicating commitment to live and work in Nova Scotia for a minimum period of two years;
Eligible doctors selected by the NSNP receive a Letter of Interest (LOI) through the federal Express Entry system and have 30 days from the date it was issued to apply for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia. Doctors who are approved for NSNP will receive an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry ranking score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.