Want to Work in Canada As a Physiotherapist? British Colombia Wants You


There are many ways to qualify for the Canadian immigration express entry one of which is the provincial nominee program. So if a province in Canada needs your services or profession they will nominate you for their PNP.

I think an interesting province to look at is British Colombia (BC).

British Colombia has different categories of skilled immigration ; Skilled worker, International graduate, International post-graduate and Health professional.
I'm focusing on the Health professional category because that is a very favourable option for a physiotherapist who desires to work in Canada.

Skilled Immigration - Health care professional

Health care professionals, especially physiotherapists are in high demand in British Colombia so the probability of you getting a nomination is very high. Rather than be on queue following the regular Canadian immigration process, the BC PNP - Health Care professional route will be a surer and quicker route.

Here are the necessary steps to take:

1. Take your IELTS exam

2. Have your credentials assessed by the alliance

To determine whether or not your physiotherapy education is similar (not substantially different) to what is available in Canada, the Alliance uses five criteria. 

I. Verification of Identity through authentic and valid documentation.
II. Completion of a university level, entry-to-practice degree in physiotherapy
III. Successful Completion of a minimum of 1025 hours of supervised clinical practice
IV. Fluency in either English or French
V. Knowledge of the practice of physiotherapy within the Canadian healthcare system

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3. Register and upload your CV or Resume on Health Match BC



Health Match BC is a free physician, nurse and allied health recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia. They recruit on behalf of public health employers in the Province of British Colombia. Health Match BC provides information that will ensure you have the qualifications necessary to practice in British Columbia, and also information regarding prospective health employers in BC. Health Match BC only assists physiotherapists seeking opportunities in a BC health authority managed facilities. 

Internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) wanting to work in BC as a physiotherapist (PT) must first apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (the Alliance) for a credentialing assessment. Your educational credentials and qualifications will then be assessed to confirm your eligibility to take the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE), which is administered by the Alliance.


Working Abroad: Getting a Job in Canada

Provincial Registration 

All physiotherapists in British Columbia must be registered with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) before they can work in BC. The CPTBC is responsible for regulating the practice of physiotherapy in the public interest. www.cptbc.org 

The CPTBC requires that you have been successfully assessed by the Alliance before you can register. 

There are two main CPTBC categories of registration:
I. Full registration – an IEP who has successfully completed the credentialing process with the Alliance and passed the PCE
II. Interim registration – an IEP who has successfully completed the credentialing process with the Alliance and is registered for the first available PCE. You must also have a confirmed supervisory employment arrangement with a fully registered physiotherapist in BC. 

4. Get an offer of indeterminate or full employment from a public health authority (Health Match BC may be able to help you with that).

Other requirements:
  • minimum two years of directly related full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation that has been offered to you
  • a written offer of employment on official company letterhead from your employer 
  • The letter must be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire employees and also signed and dated by you confirming that you accept the job offer.
  • In addition, the offer of employment must include your job title and duties, your rate of pay, your standard hours of work that the position is indeterminate and full-time (at least an average of 30 hours a week, year-round), any discretionary benefits in addition to those required by law (such as pension and medical plans, disability insurance, sick pay, accommodation and meal allowances, and extra paid vacations).
  • If the position is covered by a collective agreement, a reference to the agreement.

In addition to Health Match BC helping you get a job as a physiotherapist in Canada (British Colombia to be precise), they will guide you through the whole BC provincial nominee program (BC PNP) process.

I wish you all the best.

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