Nova Scotia Expands Immigration Program to Address Pharmacy and Paramedic Job Shortages
Nova Scotia is extending its immigration program to welcome international students pursuing careers as paramedics and pharmacy technicians. This expansion aims to ease shortages in healthcare workers.
Streamlined Path to Residency
The government now offers international students a simplified path to permanent residency. The goal is to encourage them to remain in the province after graduation.
Retaining International Talent
Nova Scotia hopes that international students trained within the province will choose to settle there.
Filling Critical Positions
This immigration program already covers nurse aides, orderlies, caregivers, and daycare workers. The addition of pharmacy technicians and paramedics will address the demand for these roles.
Part of Ongoing Recruitment
This initiative is part of the government’s efforts to recruit talent from overseas, especially to address healthcare network issues.
Faster Licensing for Nurses
The nursing regulator aims to shorten licensing timelines for nurses from seven foreign countries, with over 800 nurses currently eligible for licensure.
Nova Scotia is mindful of the World Health Organization’s code of practice for recruiting health personnel. Recruitment efforts are ethical and considerate of the needs of lower-income countries.
Nova Scotia follows the WHO code of practice and engages with individuals who express a desire to move to the province.