International Applicants

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.  

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

British Columbia Professional Registration
For employment in B.C., you need to be registered with your respective registering organization such as the College of Registered Nurses. This process can take a long time and may require Canadian examinations prior to full registration being granted.

International New Graduates
We are unable to consider applications from international new graduates. Candidates must have a minimum of two years experience to be considered for employment with Island Health.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office

Immigrating to British Columbia
Government of British Columbia website with a wide range of information about living, working and immigrating to British Columbia.

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).

Welcome BC

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.

Do you need a work permit?

Extend a work permit

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.
Service 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