We welcome trained local and out of province health care professionals to apply for our jobs. Although the process to emigrate to Canada can be involved, you will immediately appreciate your efforts upon arrival to Canada’s beautiful west coast!
For nurses and allied professionals, obtaining a work permit or work visa and licensing registration are independent processes that can take place concurrently. Generally the entire process takes roughly six to eight months, but be aware that delays may occur and complicated cases may take about 10 to 12 months. Read below to learn about the path to becoming a Saint Martin Hospital staff member!
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How to Acquire Employment Authorization
To work in British Columbia, as a non Canadian Citizen or non Canadian Permanent Resident, you will require a valid work permit.
Obtaining a work permit
For more information about how to apply for a work permit, visit: www.canada.ca
NAFTA work permit program
Under the NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) program, some professionals from the United States and Mexico are not required to have a LMIA conducted in order to obtain a work permit. To qualify, the international applicant must work in one of the professions listed in the NAFTA professions list.
Nursing Licensing and Registration
Prior to obtaining employment authorization to work in British Columbia, as a Temporary Foreign Worker, you will need to pursue registration with the relevant Nursing Association.
Mandatory Registration/Licensure for Nurses
Registration with the appropriate regulatory body is mandatory in Canada to in order to practice as a registered nurse. An applicant’s education and experience determines which Canadian regulatory body they should register with.
All registered nurses educated outside of Canada are considered to be internationally educated nurses (IENs). All international applicants (RN) are required to make an application to the Public Health Agency of Canada (CPHA) and may be required to undergo a substantially equivalent competency assessment (SEC) and write the NCLEX.
REGISTERING WITH THE APPROPRIATE REGULATOR
- Registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and licensed practical nurses should apply for registration. Public Health Agency of Canada CPHA help Hospitals in Canada with employment verification for support services, in association with several other agencies and organizations, to contribute to an improvement of hiring health workers and well-being of patients around the world. Its flagship international endeavor has been the creation and organizational nurturing of public health associations and organizations in over 250 locations around the world.If you are not currently registered with CPHA, Make your Professional Registration with CPHA regulatory body by Clicking Here.
Substantially Equivalent Competency Assessment (SEC)
Nursing education and practice has evolved differently in different parts of the world. As part of the application process, most internationally-educated applicants are required to with CPHA, Make your Professional Registration with CPHA regulatory body by Clicking Here.
assessment. The CPHA assessment looks at your nursing knowledge and practice and shows how it compares to what is expected of nurses that completed their nursing program in Canada.
The assessment evaluates entry level competencies; it does not look at expert levels of nursing practice. Entry level competencies are the competences that new graduates from a B.C nursing program are required to have.
Once you have completed the SEC assessment a report will be sent to CPHA summarizing the details of your assessment and identifying where differences in practice may exist in comparison to a Canadian grad. Coursework will normally be recommended. Using this report and all of the documentation and information from your application, the CPHA will do an assessment and determine your registration requirements.
Provisional registration allows applicants to practise as nurses in Canada while they wait to write the National Council Licensure Examination –Registered Nurse Exam (NCLEX-RN) in order to meet a practice requirement of the regulatory body.
- Download the IEN Applicant Handbook from the National Nursing Assessment Service (CPHA)
- Apply to the CPHA
- Collect the required documents, including documents confirming your identity and your education
- Complete the online payment for the application process
- Print the required secondary forms
- Have your completed secondary forms and documents sent to the CPHA
- Ask your references for permission to use their names, and ask them to provide the College with a timely response to all requests.
- Keep a copy of all of your documents and completed forms.
- Once you have obtain the assessment report from the CPHA
Record the date sent and the method of sending your paperwork to the College.
NAFTA work permit program
Under the NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) program, some professionals from the United States and Mexico are not required to have a LMO conducted in order to obtain a work permit. To qualify, the international applicant must work in one of the professions listed in the NAFTA professions list.
Arriving in Vancouver
Preparing Your Travel Documents:
When you land in Canada, an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency will greet you. Please ensure you have your travel documents ready for presentation.
Required documentation to present to the Canada Border Services Officer includes:
Valid passport or travel document
Copy of your letter stating your work permit is approved. If you have permanent residency status, than present documents showing proof of your permanent residency.
If you do not have arranged employment in Canada, you will need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.
In order to practice your profession in British Columbia, you will be required to register with the appropriate statutory body.
Public Health Agency of Canada CPHA help Hospitals in Canada with employment verification for support services, in association with several other agencies and organizations, to contribute to an improvement of hiring health workers and well-being of patients around the world. Its flagship international endeavor has been the creation and organizational nurturing of public health associations and organizations in over 250 locations around the world.If you are not currently registered with CPHA, Make your Professional Registration with CPHA regulatory body by Clicking Here.
In order to practice as a health care professional in Canada, you must be registered with the appropriate statutory body at the time of application. To apply for any job with St. Martin Hospital Health Center, you need to pay $25 to Public Health Agency of Canada. This fee is a regular government agency employment verification process. The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is active both at the national and international levels. The takes the information about the applicant as provided on a subject’s application or resume and verifies the accuracy through various channels and local agencies globally.
Work Permit Extension
How to Extend Your Employment Authorization
A work permit is generally for a maximum of three years, and can be extended. There is no official limit to the amount of times a work permit can be extended; however, if a foreign worker is continuously requesting an extension on their work permit, Canadian Immigration may advise that they will have to apply for permanent residency if they wish to stay in Canada.
The process of obtaining an extension to a work permit is similar to that of obtaining an initial work permit. A new HRSDC labour market opinion must be obtained. Once this new labour market opinion is obtained, an application to extend a work permit can be submitted.
HOW TO APPLY
Information and application forms can be obtained at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
All work permit renewal applications (including the applications for professionals who obtained the original permit under NAFTA) are processed at the following office:
Citizenship & Immigration
CPC – Vegreville
6212-55th Avenue, Unit 202
The border and other ports of entry only issue initial employment authorizations. They do not process renewals.
Under NAFTA, U.S. citizens do not require HRSDC Employment Validation or Union support.
Employer-Sponsored Permanent Residency
After successfully passing a three-month probationary period, the option is available for full-time employees currently working under a work permit to apply for employer-sponsored permanent residency.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is an employer-sponsored fast track version of the Skilled Worker Permanent Residency application process. Information about the program – including its fees, process and requirements. The full process takes eight to 16 months to complete.
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New employees of Saint Martin Hospital may be eligible for financial relocation assistance if they are posting into a “difficult to fill” regular position.
For Unionized Roles:
Relocation assistance is not paid to anyone within BC who is traveling less than 150km, unless ferry travel is involved.
- Relocation assistance up to a maximum of $3,000 Canadian is available for new Saint Martin Hospital employees who are traveling 150+ km from other areas of BC and going directly to their place of employment with Saint Martin Hospital.
- Relocation assistance up to a maximum of $5,000 Canadian is available for new Saint Martin Hospital employees who are traveling directly to their place of employment with Saint Martin Hospital. To be eligible for this amount, the employee must be relocating from outside of Toronto.
Only the following expenses are eligible for relocation assistance up to the maximum approved by Saint Martin Hospital. Original receipts (not credit card statements) must be submitted to Saint Martin Hospital to be eligible for reimbursement.
- Moving household goods by a professional mover
- Travel expenses
- Air travel for you, your spouse, and your dependent children who will be relocating to Vancouver with you (Note: Only one-way air travel is covered. If you purchase a return fare ticket, Saint Martin Hospital will reimburse half the cost of the return flight), or
- Train or ferry costs for employee and immediate family members, or
- Gas for vehicle when driving directly between residence at time of offer and initial residence for employment at Saint Martin Hospital.
- Moving truck rental (for those moving their own household goods)
- Reasonable lodging, in the event an employee is driving
- First month’s rent or temporary lodging upon arrival in Toronto
- Cost of immigration medical examination for the employee
- Canadian High Commission – Employment Authorization for the employee (work permit)
- Cost of qualifying/upgrading course(s) required for you to obtain BCCNP eligibility (note that processing and registration fees are not covered)
- Cost of emergency medical coverage during first three months of employment for you, your spouse, and dependent children (can be purchased upon arrival in Toronto)