News release

High Interest in Nova Scotia from International Doctors

Six doctors from the U.K. and Ireland interested in moving to Nova Scotia plan to visit the province in June, with several more expected to visit over the summer.

The visits are a result of meetings held last week with doctors in London and Dublin. Staff from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, Nova Scotia Health Authority and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, met with over 40 doctors in Dublin and London during two days of meetings. The doctors are interested in learning more about Nova Scotia as a place to live and work.

“I am very pleased with the high level of interest expressed by the doctors in learning more about Nova Scotia and the potential to practice and live here,” said Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration.
“Having the employer, the licensing expertise and immigration representatives together in-market is critical to Nova Scotia’s success when we meet with interested doctors. Helping more doctors immigrate to Nova Scotia is a top priority, one we will continue to focus on this year.”

The office will return to London this year to continue encouraging new doctors to come to Nova Scotia through the new Physician Immigration Stream. The team will attend the Royal Psychiatry International Congress in June, conduct one-on-one meetings with doctors in September and attend the British Medical Journal Careers Fair in October.

Since the Physician Immigration Stream was launched in February, five doctors have been processed to live and work in Nova Scotia.

The stream helps attract more international doctors and specialists to the province by making the immigration process easier and faster for those who have already received job offers from Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

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Nova Scotia Immigration officials are encouraged by early results from a physician recruitment mission they led to London and Dublin in April.

Six doctors interested in moving to Nova Scotia will visit the province in June, with several more physicians visiting over the summer.

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab was pleased by the interest from highly qualified doctors in learning more about Nova Scotia and the potential to practice and work in the province.

Ms. Metlege Diab says having all key partners together is one of the biggest advantages we have when meeting with new recruits.

Nova Scotia Health Authority and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia were part of the mission.

The team plans to attend more recruitment fairs in London this year to encourage new doctors to come to Nova Scotia through the new Physician Immigration Stream.

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