Record high Canada job vacancies in healthcare
The latest Statistics Canada report on payroll employment and job vacancies shows 152,000 vacant healthcare related positions. Overall, the report says there were 958,500 vacant payroll employment positions in Canada in the latest period.
Canada continues to face major labour shortages in healthcare and social assistance sectors. This makes these sectors a top opportunity for foreign healthcare workers willing come to Canada on temporary work permit.
The healthcare sector is also one of the top ways to eventually become a Canadian permanent resident.
Canada’s healthcare sector already faced serious labour shortages even before coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic worsened labour shortages in the sector.
“Two years into the pandemic, organizations representing health workers across the country are sounding the alarm that Canada’s health care system is collapsing.
Without immediate action, there is little to hope for in the future. While Canadians are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and public health measures are being loosened, the same cannot be said for health workers.
On top of severe exhaustion and burnout from working through two years of COVID-19, healthcare workers now face both massive system backlogs and a shortage of colleagues to cope with demands.”
In March 2022, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) alerted that the need for more healthcare workers in the country is at a critical point. The CMA warned:
Perfect time to immigrate to Canada as healthcare worker
Canada relies heavily on immigrants to fill job vacancies in the healthcare sector. A quarter of registered nurses and 36% of physicians in Canada are not Canadian born.
In light of the critical need for foreign healthcare workers, Canada is investing further in programs to encourage their interest in Canada.
For example, in June 2022, Canada announced a $1.5 million project to help foreign healthcare workers get their credentials assessed and recognized in Canada.
The key aims of the project include:
- identifying problems that foreign health care workers face in getting credentials recognition
- speeding up the process of credential recognition and removing barriers to working in the health care sector; and also
- making policy recommendations to address foreign health care workers concerns and issues
As well, recently Canada’s province of British Columbia (BC) also announced recruiting foreign health care workers with $12 million funding. The is to recruit foreign health care workers by making it easier – and cheaper – for Canada to recognize their credentials.
- Quebec needs Francophone nurses – $65M budget for 1,000 nurses
- Ontario seeks 6,000 foreign-trained nurses by March 2022
Top 7 healthcare jobs in Canada NOCs and wages
1. Registered Nurse (NOC 3012)
Indeed.ca job website shows 12,939 postings for registered nursing jobs in Canada as of Sept. 13, 2022.
Registered nurses in Canada earn a median wage of $51,246 to $94,321 per year for a 37.5-hour work week.
2. Licensed Practical Nurses (NOC 3233)
Foreigner healthcare workers can get Licensed Practical Nurses jobs in Canada without as much education or experience as registered nurses.
Indeed.ca listed 2,928 job postings for these healthcare workers as of September 2022.
In Canada, licensed practical nurses wages are between $42,900 and $64,798 per year based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week.
3. Hospital Administrator (NOC 0014)
Hospital administrators are typically managerial hospital staff. Their core duty is to ensure quality patient care and clinical services are achieved within hospital budget.
Healthcare managers in Canada earn between $38,961 and $182,227 based on management position level.
4. Medical Laboratory Technician (NOC 3212)
Laboratory technicians are responsible for performing patients medical tests and the sanitary safety of medical laboratory equipment.
Medical laboratory technicians in Canada are paid between $36,172 to $78,000 per year based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week.
5. Medical Administrative Assistant (NOC 1243)
Medical administrative assistants are the first people patients typically see in a hospital when they walk in and register. They are also responsible for keeping patients records properly filed.
Medical administrative assistants in Canada earn between $31,200 and $56,335 per year based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week.
6. Medical Secretary (NOC 1243)
There is going to be a shortage of roughly 4,000 medical secretaries in Canada during the decade that will end in 2028, forecasts Job Bank.
Canada anticipates some 56,000 medical secretary job vacancies over the next 5 years. That’s over 10,000 positions that foreigners can apply for each year.
In Canada medical secretaries salaries are between $31,200 and $56,335 per year based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week.
7. Home Support Worker (NOC 4412)
Home support workers provide daily homecare to people with medical or companionship needs.