Canada Immigration For Indian Doctors In 2020


2020 can be a boost to the medical careers for Indian Doctors. The demand for doctors in Canada has increased  for the past 5 years. It is the only sector of the Canadian labor market where new jobs are added almost every day, especially after COVID 19. Read along.

How good is 2020 for Doctors applying for Canada PR?

Physicians and surgeons' overall employment in Canada is projected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average of any other sector. 

You know why?

  • Canadian Immigration promises free healthcare for its permanent residents. With the growing number of immigrants, the need for a more robust healthcare system is always required.
  • It is safe to say that the demand for doctors and healthcare professionals is ever increasing. Not to mention the Coronavirus outbreak - a large contributor to this need.

Am I Eligible?

What is the minimum salary for Medical Professionals in Canada?

On average, a Medical Professional in Canada gets $45,000 per year or $23.08 per hour.

Entry-level positions start at $45,000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $76,500 per year. In India, the figure is $21,520.

Percentage of Jobs in Canada for Healthcare Professionals:


New jobs (2017-21)

Replacement jobs (2017-221)

All occupations



Professional occupations in health (except nursing)



General practitioners and family physicians



What are the  Most Popular Visa Programs in Canada for Doctors?

1. Federal Skilled Worker Visa Program

This program is a commonly opted pathway to settle in Canada. From IT professionals to bankers to doctors, candidates choose the FSW program most.

The Federal Skilled Worker Visa Program:

  • Follows a points-based system
  • Requires only 67 points to qualify
  • Family can be incorporated in the same visa
  • Process is easy

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2. Provincial Nominee Programs:

Several provinces of Canada have aligned their immigration programs with the Canada's immigration system (Express Entry) introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This is to fill the shortage of skilled talent in the respective provinces faster.

There are specific programs explicitly designed for trained medical doctors like the:

3. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:

After you have acquired your license, if you were already invited with a job offer by a Canadian employer, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is the fastest option for you to settle in Canada. This program requires low IELTS and can be applied even with low work experience. However, your occupation must be listed under the NOC Skill Level A category.

How Can Doctors Apply for Canadian Immigration?

If you’re looking to apply for PR (Permanent Residency) in 2020. We have listed how to migrate to Canada in 6 steps:

Step 1: Check your eligibility points and NOC code

Step 2: Complete your Educational Credential Assessments

Step 3: Create Your Express Entry Profile

Step 4: Receive Your Invitation to Apply

Step 5: Submit Required Documents along with Fee Payment

Step 6: Go for Passport Stamping on Visa Approval

What are the work experience related documents required for doctors to immigrate to Canada?

At some point in the application process, you will be asked to prove you have valid work experience. You will most likely have to supply a letter of employment from your previous employer. 

This document generally includes the following:

  • Hours worked
  • Work responsibilities
  • NOC (National Occupational Classification) title
  • Current salary
  • Contact details of the employer
  • The letterhead of your company

What are the costs associated?

If you plan to immigrate to Canada as a doctor, you should also be aware of other costs involved to budget appropriately. 

Here are some estimates of the costs you can expect to pay:

  • ECA report CAD$137
  • Application fee for MCCEE CAD$2,365
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I CAD$1,598
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II CAD$3,340

What are the requirements for doctors to work in Canada?

International medical graduates (IMGs) looking to begin the process of obtaining a license to practice medicine in Canada are always encouraged to:

  • Contact the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory in which they would like to practice.
  • Contact the international medical graduate program in the province to practice if such a program exists.

Depending on the province or territory, licensure may involve:

  • A series of examinations (eligibility, program selection, qualifying, certification)
  • Language proficiency tests
  • Credentialing
  • Postgraduate training or assessment
  • Return-of-service agreements (practicing in an under serviced community for an agreed-upon period).
  • See the route to licensure in Canada from the Medical Council of Canada for more detail of the licensure steps.

How to obtain a license to practice medicine in Canada?

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Confirm your medical degree is from a recognized school:

  • Visit the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), part of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research's (FAIMER) website. 
  • Your medical school, the name of the medical degree, and the year of your graduation must be listed on the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory to be accepted in Canada.

Step 2: Prepare for your medical examinations:

  • IMGs can test their readiness for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) through the Medical Council of Canada Self Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE - EE). 
  • IMGs who take the SAE - EE will receive the number of questions correctly answered as well as a percentile table that compares their performance to the results achieved by other MCCEE candidates. Fees should be checked at the time of applying.

Step 3: Submit your portfolio:

  • IMGs can use the MCC's Physician Credentials Repository to establish a confidential professional electronic portfolio of their credentials prior to arriving in Canada. 
  • IMGs can request that the Repository share their portfolio with provincial or territorial medical regulatory authorities, certifying and qualifying bodies.

Step 4: Fees should be checked at the time of applying.

  • IMGs must pass the MCCEE to apply for a residency position through the Canadian Resident Matching Service. The MCCEE is offered in 500 sites in more than 70 countries. 
  • If IMGs have obtained Canadian or American board specialty certification, they may apply to the Medical Council of Canada for an exemption from the MCCEE. Fees should be checked at the time of applying.

Note: The MCC requires all first-time MCCEE candidates to open an application with the MCC's Physician Credentials Repository and send a certified copy of their medical diploma.

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Filing for a Canada PR visa for doctors can be challenging as well as tricky. As there are plenty of options to choose from, with varying criteria, the process may also be confusing. Hence, taking the help of a reliable visa consultant can help you to a great extent.

Here are the things you should know about acquiring a medical license in Canada:

  • The licensure process has many stages and can seem tricky to those not familiar with the Canadian approach.
  • There are differences in the registration processes between provinces and territories.
  • There is a significant personal commitment required to pursue licensure. 

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Other FAQs:

Who is an International medical graduate (IMG)?

The Medical Council of Canada defines an IMG as an individual who has graduated from a medical school not accredited in Canada or in the U.S.A (by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the U.S.A).

  • Graduates of a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association are considered IMGs.
  • The term 'international medical graduate' can refer to physicians who come from a wide range of backgrounds. For example, an IMG may:
  • Have several years of independent practice experience in his/her country
  • Have just recently completed medical school
  • Have completed a residency training program
  • Have gone directly into practice with no requirement for a residency
  • Be from a country with a medical education system similar to Canada's
  • Be from a country whose medical education system is very different from Canada's.

What is the Best Pathway to Becoming a Doctor in Canada?

While the Federal Skilled Worker program is considered the best common pathway to becoming a doctor in Canada, you can also opt for the recently introduced Canadian PNP stream by Nova Scotia. 

  • In 2018, Nova Scotia introduced the Physician Stream of Nova Scotia Nominee Program that helps doctors migrate to Canada within approximately 5-10 days. 
  • However, the applicant must have a valid job offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the IWK Health Centre.

Why Does Canada Accept Foreign Doctors?

We’ll tell you why:

  • This is because there is a very less percentage of students who opt for medical studies. 
  • As it is the soul of many Canadian provinces, Canada born students prefer for IT studies over medical studies. This increases the need for talented international medical graduates from outer nations.
  • To make it easy for doctors to migrate to Canada and live comfortably as a permanent resident, Canada offers several pathways. 
  • The procedure varies from different programs of Canada immigration. Doctors must obtain certificates that are approved and trusted under Canada's healthcare services to succeed in the process.
  • Even though over 84,063 physicians are working in Canada (as per the Global News), it is seen that only 43 percent of Canadian residents can get a doctor's appointment the same day or the next day when they are sick. 
  • 1 in 5 Canadians has to wait more than a week to see a doctor. Hence, as the population in Canada grows through immigration, the requirement of doctors will simultaneously grow.

How to verify your qualifications as a Physician?

If you are an Indian doctor planning to migrate to Canada, you are required to follow a different process from the regular ones. You must meet the educational qualification requirement set by Canada. 

For this,

  • Check whether your University is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • Get a license from the Medical Council of Canada.


How to Apply for the New Canadian Immigration Stream for Doctors?

Filing for a Canada PR visa for doctors can be challenging as well as tricky. 

As there are plenty of options to choose from, with varying criteria, the process may also be confusing. Hence, taking the help of a reliable visa consultant can help you to a great extent.

Kansas Overseas Careers will help you understand everything about the new Canadian Immigration Stream for doctors (and other alternatives) through our free counseling.

What are the Best places to work in Canada?

According to the Global News, these are the top provinces for doctors to practice:

  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • New Brunswick
  • Quebec

Topics: Migrate, Canada

Y Sindhura
Y Sindhura

With 8 years of experience in the overseas division, Sindhura is a specialist in Canada, Australia, UK and Germany visa process.



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