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Statistics Canada: Nearly 60% of Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals employed in their field of study in Canada

September 19, 2023

By CIC News |

A recent report by Statistics Canada shows that 58% of internationally educated healthcare professionals (IEHPs) in Canada who trained to become nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and dentists were working in their field.

It said that among the 259,694 IEHPs in Canada, 76% were employed (compared to 80% of Canadian-educated healthcare professionals). This data includes IEHPs those who are not working in a healthcare occupation.

Data from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that immigrants account for a quarter of healthcare sector workers and this number is expected to rise, as 500,000 healthcare workers are older than 55 and will be retiring in the next decade.

According to Statistics Canada, half of IEHPs in Canada had immigrated at the beginning of their core working years, between the ages of 25 to 34, and nearly one‑third of all IEHPs had recently arrived in Canada (between 2016 and 2021). Overall, two-thirds of IEHPs were younger than 50 years old. It also found that 7 out of 10 IEHPs in Canada were women.

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