Canada is increasing the immigration of medical professionals
Canada is increasing the immigration of medical professionals. Despite being a significant part of the healthcare workforce, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) encounter barriers, such as limited residency spots and preferences for graduates from domestic medical schools. The struggle for IMGs to secure medical residencies contributes to the country’s need for more primary care doctors. Government data reveals that immigrants comprise a substantial portion of healthcare workers in various professions, including 36% of physicians.
However, the challenge lies in integrating foreign-trained doctors into the Canadian healthcare system. Canada is addressing this issue by investing in foreign credential recognition. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have committed up to $86 million in funding to 15 nationwide organizations. This initiative aims to increase the recognition of international credentials for approximately 6,600 highly skilled health professionals, ensuring their proper integration into the Canadian healthcare landscape.
Statistics from the Government of Canada from December 2022 state that “one out of every four healthcare sector workers” in Canada are immigrants. When considering healthcare workers in Canada by profession, the percentage of immigrants is as follows:
- 23% of registered nurses.
- 35% of aides to nurses and people working in similar fields.
- 37% of pharmacists.
- 36% of physicians.
- 39% of dentists work.
- 54% of dental technologists and people employed in related fields
In spite of this, International Medical Graduates (IMGs), or foreign nationals trained as doctors abroad, often have difficulties getting a medical residency in Canada due to “quotas on how many (IMGs) can get a spot,” according to CBC News.
In addition, because the residency program in Canada is “run by medical schools that favor their own graduates,” international medical graduates find it difficult to start professions in healthcare.
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