People make the organization. Health care attracts smart, caring individuals who want to make a difference and help people.
Island Health has over 21,500 employees, 1,900 physician partners and 6,500 volunteers that provide health services to the 765,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities.
In British Columbia, employers are required to give priority to Canadian Citizens and those with permanent resident status for all job vacancies. Where there is a shortage of qualified professionals in Canada, international applicants that are eligible can be considered. Island Health welcomes applications from experienced, qualified, internationally trained health care professionals.
To learn more, please visit the links below for general information regarding immigration, foreign credentials assessments and working in Canada.
|Learn about Immigrating to Canada
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website is the primary source of information.
|Citizenship and Immigration Canada|
Foreign Credentials Assessments
British Columbia Professional Registration
International New Graduates
|Foreign Credentials Referral Office|
Immigrating to British Columbia
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
|Learn about Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
A job offer from a Canadian employer is required to apply for a Work Permit. The job offer must be approved by the Government of Canada and is called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA demonstrates that a "significant" effort has been made to hire a Canadian for the position. The procedure for obtaining a LMIA is often demanding and time-consuming.
|Labour Market Impact Assessment|
|Work Permits and Extensions
Foreign individuals seeking work temporarily in Canada require a Work Permit. A Work Permit is a document issued by Canadian immigration officials which allows a foreign individual to work in Canada, generally at a specific job for a limited time - usually one to two years. A work permit is not a contract. You or the employer can end a job at any time.
|Medical Examination Requirements
(for temporary residents: visitors, students and workers)
|Medical Examination Requirements|
|Free Trade Agreements
Under NAFTA (and other Free Trade Agreements), citizens in certain identified professional occupations, may be permitted to enter and work in Canada. Under these agreement, Labour Market Opinions are not required.
If you qualify and you have a letter confirming your job offer from a Canadian employer, you must have approved medical clearance by a CIC designated medical practitioner prior to going to the Port of Entry. Clearance is required before a valid temporary work permit can be obtained.
|Temporary Foreign Workers & Free Trade Agreements|
|Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Immigration will provide the necessary forms to acquire a Social Insurance Number which is required to work in Canada.
|Welcome BC Newcomers Guide
The guide provides valuable information to help you and your family settle in B.C. quickly and easily.
|BC Newcomers Guide|
If you would like more information please contact the HR Access Helpline:
Phone lines are open:
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
250-519-7717 (local 28411)
Toll free: 1-888-296-3963