Employers in Canada?

  1. Hi! does anyone here know of a health facility in Canada hiring foreign nurses? Please give me a list if you know any. Since we do not know when retrogression will end in the U.S., I decided to try my luck in Canada. I have a skilled worker immigrant/independent immigrant application already filed with the Canadian embassy last July 2005 and I was told I could expedite the processing of this if I can get a job offer from an employer there.
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from agp_ph
    Hi! does anyone here know of a health facility in Canada hiring foreign nurses? Please give me a list if you know any. Since we do not know when retrogression will end in the U.S., I decided to try my luck in Canada. I have a skilled worker immigrant/independent immigrant application already filed with the Canadian embassy last July 2005 and I was told I could expedite the processing of this if I can get a job offer from an employer there.
    You need to look at provinces that you want to live in and look at their requirements for RN and also approach hospitals in the areas you would like to live
  4. by   dave787
    i agree with the reply posted above, you have to contact th province BON they also require english exam
  5. by   RNGrad2006
    Quote from agp_ph
    Hi! does anyone here know of a health facility in Canada hiring foreign nurses? Please give me a list if you know any. Since we do not know when retrogression will end in the U.S., I decided to try my luck in Canada. I have a skilled worker immigrant/independent immigrant application already filed with the Canadian embassy last July 2005 and I was told I could expedite the processing of this if I can get a job offer from an employer there.
    Hi! I am from Vancouver, BC originally and there are many Filipino's there. I worked with someone that said it was much easier to go to Canada than the U.S. In the Vancouver area there are health authorities (ie)
    in Vancouver it is called the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the web site where you can look for jobs is:

    http://www.vch.ca/

    But as far as the licencing requirements go. They will assess your education first for a fee and then in order to register (like application of licensure in the U.S.) in B.C. you have to have a reference from a Canadian employer only in order to satisfy registration requirements. You can do that as paid employment though. I think it is 250 hours. But while you are getting everything together they will issue a temporary license to work even before you take the exam and satisfy registration requirements. The education assessment takes about 6 months. They predict an average of everything taking 1 year but you may be able to start working not long after you get approved to take the exam. Keep in mind though the exam is only offered 3 times a year sometimes 4. And the fees for registration, exam fees etc..are a lot higher than the US as are taxes once you start working. The exam alone is over $400. The temp licence you get you have to pay for monthly also and until you get exam results which take several months. Much different than the US since the exam is still pencil paper. The wages in Canada and the strong dollar and strong economy are good as well. But the cost of living in Vancouver is much like California...VERY HIGH....hard to get a home for under 600,000-1 million range. Townhomes and apartments are less but also one of the reasons we had to leave the area. We sold our home for a job in the US in 2000 and sold our home that year before the houses more than doubled. We sold our home in late 2000 for $435,000 and it is now worth 1 million. And due to financial and health issues of many years we can't afford to go back as we used a large chunk of our savings to get me through nursing school in the US. But quite honestly we love it here in the US so have no regrets that way. We are in Arizona now and we have many filipinos in our hospital also (mostly on night shift). But the wages in Canada are a lot better than they used to be with what I have heard BC and Alberta having the best wages for nurses and a LOT of demand too. Hope this helps. Lots of info on the web. The web address for the licencing body in BC is:
    http://www.crnbc.ca/
  6. by   agp_ph
    Thanks for the info RNGrad2006
  7. by   RGN1
    Alberta is currently looking for foreign nurses to plug a gap, so they might be worth a look. Cheaper area to live than Vancouver by all accounts!

    I have also seen adverts for nurses in BC - so they may also be worth a look.

    Other than that you've been given some great advice already.

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