Nova Scotia Appeals To Canada’s Federal Government For Help Bringing In Physicians

Nova Scotia has appealed to the federal government for help bringing in physicians amid restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The province’s health authority says thirteen (13) doctors from the United States, United Kindom and South Africa with start dates between the month of March and June have been affected by these travel restrictions.

Officials are optimistic that the doctors – a mix of family physicians and specialists  – will still be able to come, with special permission sought from IRCC to bring them in.

Although the majority of candidates were recruited before the coronavirus crisis took a grip in Canada, medical professionals are in demand all over the world following the pandemic.

Normally, physicians are allowed to make site visits during the recruitment process, enabling them to travel to Nova Scotia and see the province and its working conditions.

These visits are also on hold due to the outbreak.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program manages two streams that aim to make up a shortage of doctors in the province.

They are the Labour Market Priorities For Physicians and Physician Stream, which aims to recruit via the Express Entry system.

1) Nova Scotia Physician Stream

The Nova Scotia Physician Stream helps the province’s public health system to employ general practitioners, specialist physicians, and family physicians. It is created to help recruit and retain doctors for positions the province has been unable to fill with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.


Legal Status in Country of Residence

If you are residing in Canada, you have to provide proof of your legal status as a visitor or temporary worker.

If you apply from overseas, you have to provide proof that you have legal status in your country of residence.

If you have lost your status, you are not qualified to apply until your status has been restored.

Job Offer

Written and dully approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) as a:

  • General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) OR
  • Specialist physicians (NOC 3111)

The approved opportunity must be on official Nova Scotia Health Authority letterhead and must:

  • Be signed and dated by a person authorized to employ physicians at the NSHA or IWK
  • Be signed and dated by the candidate who is accepting the opportunity
  • Indicate eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • Show that the candidate is qualified to apply for privileges and credentials with NSHA and the IWK

Education and Training

A written approved copy of an Education Credential Assessment and medical training required for licensure in Nova Scotia.

Language Ability

The ability to render the job in one of Canada’s official languages (English or French) as evidenced by an employment offer from the NSHA.

2) Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities For Physicians: Express Entry

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities For Physicians program allows the province to choose candidates who are trained and qualified doctors from the federal Express Entry pool.

The stream specifically target two National Occupational Classifications (NOC) codes:

  1. NOC 3112: Family Physician
  2. NOC 3111: Specialist Physician

Eligibility Requirements: Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

  • Must have an approved job/employment offer from Nova Scotia Health Authority as either a Family
  • Physician (NOC 3112) or a Specialist Physicians (NOC 3111).
  • Be willing to live and work in Nova Scotia for at least two (2) years.
  • Receive a Letter of Interest from the NSNP via Express Entry.
  • Lodge your application within thirty (30) calendar days of the issue date of the Letter of Interest.
  • Meet the minimum work experience requirement of the Express Entry-aligned stream for which you have qualified.
  • Show sufficient funds to cater for yourself and your family in Nova Scotia.
  • Have legal status in your present country of residence.