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Are you a health care worker seeking to work in Canada during COVID?

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

Many healthcare workers are coming to Canada to work during the pandemic.

Healthcare professionals will be required to apply from abroad and wait for approval.

According to the government, "It is expected that most licensed health professionals will come under the work permit exemption for providers of emergency services for short assignments. However, in the event that licensed health professionals seek to enter Canada on a work permit, they will be required to apply abroad and wait for approval.

Candidates traveling by air from countries other than the USA will have to present a letter of introduction to the air carrier to board the flight unless they already have a valid work permit in their possession.

The following NOCs are prioritized:

  • NOC 3011 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors

  • NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

  • NOC 3111 – Specialist physicians

  • NOC 3112 – General practitioners and family physicians

  • NOC 3124 – Allied primary health practitioners

  • NOC 3125 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

  • NOC 3131 – Pharmacists

  • NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists

  • NOC 3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

  • NOC 3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • NOC 3215 – Medical radiation technologists

  • NOC 3217 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.

  • NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses

  • NOC 3234 – Paramedical occupations

  • NOC 3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

  • NOC 4411 – Home child care providers (LMIA-required in-Canada applicants)

  • NOC 4412 – Home support workers, excluding housekeepers (LMIA-required in-Canada applicants)

If you fall under one of these national occupation codes and require a work permit or are looking to expedite the process please contact us at for more information.


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