International Applicants

People make our organization. Health care attracts smart, caring individuals who want to make a difference and help people. No matter what area of health care you are in, our multi-disciplinary teams work together to provide the best care to our patients and residents. At Island Health you can see we believe our values guide our actions and relationships, shaping how we make decisions and plan for the future. Our vision is, “Excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time”. 

Island Health is a regional health authority in British Columbia. With over 24,500 employees, 2,400 physician partners and 2,500 volunteers, Island Health is the largest employer on Vancouver Island that provides health services to more than 850,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities.

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.  

Topics Resource Links
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
Government of Canada office provides assessments for professional foreign credentials

Foreign Credentials Referral Office

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
This program is for individuals with a job offer in a high-demand occupation (or students with a post-graduate degree from a B.C. post-secondary institution in the natural, applied or health sciences).

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

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.

Do you need a work permit?

Extend a work permit

Free Trade Agreements
Under CUSMA (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 an IRCC 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
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
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250-519-7717 (local 28411)
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