Internationally-trained doctors and specialists with the necessary skills to fill healthcare positions in Nova Scotia may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Nova Scotia under the Physician Stream.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) launched the Physician Stream to support Nova Scotia's public authorities — the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre— to employ general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians to work in the province and help alleviate healthcare labour shortages.
The Physician Stream allows the NSHA and the IWK Health Centre to recruit foreign physicians to fill positions that they have been unable to fill with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.
|Legal status in their country residence||If you are living in Canada, you must provide proof of your legal status as a temporary worker or visitor.
If you apply from outside Canada, you must provide proof that you have legal status in your country of residence.
If you have lost your status, you are not eligible to apply until your status has been restored.
|Approved offer with the NSHA or the IKW Health Centre||The approved offer is for an opportunity as a General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) or specialist physicians (NOC 3111).
The approved offer letter must be on official NSHA or IWK letterhead and must:
|Education and training||Provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or show proof of education and medical training required for licensure in Nova Scotia.|
|Language ability||The ability to perform the job in one of Canada’s official languages as evidenced by an employment offer from the NSHA or the IWK.|
Individuals should not apply to the stream if they are: