Top Canadian Provinces for Medical Professionals in 2019

May 4, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Canada is currently facing a shortage of skilled workers due to early retirement, new work opportunities and promotions, leaving large gaps in the labour market. The Canadian government has therefore been left with no other option but to employ skilled foreign workers, offering permanent residence in exchange. One of the sectors seeking highly qualified professionals is the medical sector, in particular registered nurses and doctors.

Medical professionals are choosing to migrate to Canada for multiple reasons, including lucrative employment opportunities, high quality of life, free public healthcare and education for themselves and their loved ones and much much more.

There are currently thousands of job openings on Canadian job sites such as, the Canadian Public Health Association and Jobbank, with over 2,600 positions available for nurses alone.

One of the most important factors about immigrating to Canada, is knowing which province will be most beneficial to you in terms of employment opportunities, as this will have a big impact on whether or not you are successful in your visa application.

In this article we take a look at the most lucrative provinces and territories for immigrant medical professionals and how to get there.

Top Provinces for Medical Professionals in Canada

Medical Professionals in Canada 2019 Infographic

Below we’ve compiled the top 5 Canadian provinces for medical professionals to relocate to based on demand and annual income. Salary averages relate to veterinarians (lowest average annual income) and anesthesiologists (highest average annual income).

Top Provinces for Medical Professionals in Canada
Province Average Annual Income
1. New Brunswick $98,271 - $343,500
2. Alberta $95,396 - $248,700
3. Manitoba $92,811 - $348,745
4. Saskatchewan $89,658 - $375,653
5. British Columbia $85,519 - $330,950

Best Ways to Get There

Our top ways to migrate to Canada as a medical professional in 2019 include:

1. The Express Entry System

2. The Provincial Nominee Program

1. The Express Entry System

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The Express Entry System was created to speed up and simplify the Canadian immigration process for skilled foreign applicants who want to live and work in Canada. One of the advantages of the Express Entry system is that you don’t require a job offer to apply, not to mention that the processing time has now been reduced to approximately 4-6 months. Applicants are also not restricted in terms of location and can apply to a province of their choice through one of 3 Federal Immigration Programs.

All eligible visa applicants are scored according to factors such as their age, work experience and educational qualifications according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Once entered into the Express Entry draw pool, applicants are ranked and those with the highest CRS scores are selected by the Canadian government to apply for permanent residency.

2. The Provincial Nominee Program

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The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed to assist experienced workers who want to move to a particular province or territory where there occupation is in demand. The requirements for applicants applying via PNPs include having a valid job offer in order to be considered for a provincial nomination. Receiving a nomination increases your chances of acquiring permanent residency as candidates are awarded 600 extra points to add to their CRS score.

Certain PNPs also have Express Entry streams, which means that if you have an Express Entry profile and have expressed interest in a particular province or territory, your profile may be selected from the draw pool. Not only will your application be fast tracked but you will receive extra points, making the Provincial Nominee Program a great option for those who want to migrate to Canada.

How We Can Help

RCIC assisting medical professional with visa application

The immigration process is a life changing experience, bringing with it the stress and challenges of ensuring that all visa applications are completed correctly and submitted as per government regulations. By using a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), the immigration application process will be effortless and you won’t have to worry about whether you have chosen the best immigration program or that all required documents are verified in the correct manner.

Why gamble with your chances of starting a new life in one of the most diverse and multicultural countries in the world. Secure your place and start the process today.