Hi!Australia being not a 3rd world has certain standards that are being implemented. In contrary to the system of most developing countries, it is always standards over money. So in order for you to get in, you must really meet their requirements and money is just another factor.I'm not quite knowledgeable about Canada's process of registration but I can share share some about Australia. If you act quickly, let's say your IELTS is recently acquired, you have enough time to apply for AHPRA and get a slot in BP schools. Well AHPRA application takes 1-3 months on the average depending on the completeness of your requirements upon submission. Scouting for schools on the average takes another 3 months more or less.
Here's my timeline for your reference.
Sept 2012 - got the required IELTS mark
Oct 2012 - got necessary documents for my AHPRA application
Nov 2012 (1st week) - lodged my AHPRA application (South Australia)
Dec 2012 (1st week) - received an email from my officer regarding my lacking documents
Dec 2012 (3rd week) - sent all missing docs to AHPRA
Jan 2013 (1st week) - AHPRA confirmed receipt of the docs.
Feb 2013 (2nd week) - got my AHPRA LOE and started to scout for BP schools and applied for 4 schools. IHNA, AAON, Castlemaine, Alpine Health
April 2013 (1st week) - I received offer from IHNA, scheduled for interview for AAON and Alpine health.
April 2013 (2nd week) - while making decisions of what school to accept, Castlemaine sent me an offer letter for June intake. I took the opportunity right away.
April 2013 (3rd week) - confirmed my slot and paid my tuition fee and prepared the necessary documents for visa lodging
April 26, 2013 - lodged my visa and still waiting for it till present
Hope it helps!