Physician immigration should be a national conversation

Physician immigration should be a national conversation

Physician immigration should be a national conversation
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer alluded to designing a system that would enable immigrating physicians to use their skills to serve Canadians. Canada has one of the lowest physician per capita rates among developed countries, with experts fearing a worsening of our primary care crisis in addition to growing challenges with access to specialist care, such as mental health services. One possible solution would be to create a national agency under the Department of Health, with help from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which could streamline the identification, assessment, certification and reassignment of foreign doctors to areas of need.

#Physicians, #IRCC

2,185 ITAs issued to International Experience Canada (IEC) candidates
During June 24-28, 2019, Canada invited 2,185 foreigners in the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 573 invitations to Apply (ITA) to the ‘Working Holiday’ candidates from the United Kingdom; 268 ITAs for candidates from Australia; 159 ITAs for France; candidates from Japan received 141 ITAs; Ireland got 152 ITAs; Germany was given 118 invitations; and candidates from Taiwan received 102 ITAs. Following the quota increase for candidates from France, the UK, Germany and Austria, in recent weeks, this time IRCC provided 250 extra spots for candidates for Spain. 225 of them were allocated for the Spanish Working Holiday candidates and 25 for the Young Professionals. As of June 28, 2019, IRCC issued 114,837 ITAs for IEC candidates in 2019.

#IEC, #Working_Holiday, #Young_Professionals, #ITA, #IRCC

Statistics Canada invites participation in NOC 2016 Variant – STEM perspective
Statistics Canada is working on a “Variant of the National Occupational Classification 2016 Version 1.2 – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Perspective”. It is looking after feedback for the draft NOC 2016 Version 1.2 – STEM Perspective variant from all interested parties. The invitation is aimed at data users and data producers, representatives of business associations, government bodies at the federal, provincial and local levels, academics and researchers. The main objective of this activity to further develop the currently proposed STEM variant. This might be another evidence that Canada plans to increase its attention to foreign STEM specialists.