Nova Scotia wants immigrant doctors

The province of Nova Scotia has introduced a new immigration stream to welcome more physicians to the Atlantic province for positions they have been unable to fill.

According to the province’s immigration website, the Physician Stream will assist Nova Scotia’s public health authorities — the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) — to hire general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians to work in Nova Scotia.

Who’s eligible for the physician stream?
The Physician Stream is only open to general practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and specialist physicians (NOC 3111) with signed approved opportunities with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

The approved opportunity must be on official NSHA or IWK letterhead and must be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire physicians at the NSHA or IWK; and signed and dated by the applicant. It must also indicate eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and indicate that the applicant is eligible to apply for privileges and credentials with NSHA and the IWK.

How physicians can apply to move to Nova Scotia
To apply, applicants must gather all supporting documentation, complete the application form and submit as PDF attachments by email to
For more information about preparing supporting documents and completing the application, please refer to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program Physician Stream Application Guide.

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