“In 2018, there were about 300 immigrant healthcare professionals that moved to Calgary. About 70 of those were physicians and nearly half of them came from a refugee background,” he said. “Right now there is a shortage of doctors across Canada. We have one of the lowest doctor-to-population ratios in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but there’s opportunities to reconsider how we’re licensing immigrant doctors.” >> Health care; COVID-19-related
International medical graduates who've passed their exams to practise in Canada, or have graduated from school in the past two years, can now apply for a supervised 30-day medical licence in Ontario to help fight COVID-19. Provision covering licences was triggered last month, but few have applied so far. >> COVID-19-related; Health care.
Bruce County’s effort to turn librarians into nursing-home aides is just one example of the ways governments and the owners of long-term care and retirement facilities are scrambling to find extra staff as the new coronavirus sweeps through homes for seniors, sickening some front-line caregivers and frightening others away. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Personal care.
Around the country, foreign-trained doctors and nurses and other health-care professionals, many with expertise in epidemiology, practise in resource-scare situations and experience in the Canadian health-care system, are petitioning provincial governments, offering their services and waiting to be able to contribute in the nation’s hour of need. >> Health care; COVID-19-related
The number of doctors available to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic could be increased if the government or regulatory bodies would cut red tape so foreign-educated doctors could get accredited more quickly, according to a report released Monday. >> Health care; COVID-19-related
Five years ago the arrival of a wave of refugees caused much consternation and fueled support for Germany’s far-right. Now, the country is turning to its migrant community to plug an anticipated shortage of medical staff battling the coronavirus.. >> Health care; COVID-19-related.
Health experts worry that the roles women hold in society, such as nurses or caregivers, place them squarely in the virus’s path. >> COVID-19-related; women
When immigrants arrive in Canada, there’s a reluctance — and sometimes outright refusal — to recognize their professional credentials and experience. Going back to school to get that degree from scratch is out of reach for many, in terms of both time and money. Jan De Silva, president and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade suggested solution? A six-month set of refresher courses, followed by a co-op placement. >> Construction; Health care; IT (Information technology); Retail
I'm not this exceptional human being,' Ibrahim said. 'There are millions of refugees right now who are not being given the opportunities that I have been given. And if they were, they would do incredible things.' >> Health care; Women
The story of a newcomer doctor from Liberia saving a fellow passenger on a bus in Ottawa. Since arriving in Canada eight months ago, she has been trying to get accreditation to practice medicine here and become a permanent resident. Meanwhile, she's been volunteering to get her foot in the medical system in Canada. >> Health care