To work for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, you require legal status to work in Canada (work permit; work Visa, or permanent residency status).
Most international applicants follow the Sponsored Work Permit process, which requires applicants to have relevant qualifications and registration status with the applicable Canadian or Provincial licensing body for your profession. Once this permit is obtained, applicants may apply for positions within Southern Health-Santé Sud. If you apply and are chosen to be the successful candidate, you will be requested to sign and submit a Letter of Offer. We then proceed with contacting Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to obtain Visa approval through a Labor Market Impact Assessment letter. Once approved, the letter is sent to you and, in turn, you submit it with your Visa application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
After you submit your application to the Canadian Consulate/Embassy, you will be given information regarding a medical examination and a list of designated medical practitioners. An Immigration Medical is required for all individuals on work permits who will be working in health care to ensure patient safety. The medical report is sent to Citizenship and Immigration Canada medical authorities in Ottawa. This process can take up to three months.
Your spouse will be eligible to apply for an open work permit as your dependent. Children under the age of 18 should be listed as dependents and will be able to accompany you to Canada.
Permanent Residency Status through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is a government immigration program that selects skilled workers who demonstrate they have the potential and the desire to immigrate and settle themselves and their families in the province of Manitoba. In summary, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program accepts applications from skilled workers who can make a positive contribution to Manitoba’s economy and society as permanent residents. This requires:
- education and training
- work experience
- enough knowledge of English or French to start a job soon after arrival
- a connection to Manitoba (for example, friends or family or current employment)
- settlement supports (enough money to maintain yourself and your family while you are becoming established)
- an intention to permanently settle in Manitoba
For more information, visit the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) require an assessment and/or additional training to practice medicine in Manitoba. The Manitoba Healthcare Providers Network outlines the different pathways to licensure in Manitoba for IMGs. The University of Manitoba also provides details on accessible programs that enable IMGs to practice medicine in under-serviced areas in Manitoba. Visit the University of Manitoba International Medical Graduate Program, for more information.