May 20, 2024

Improve Your Quality Of Life Through Working As A Doctor In Canada

Advantage helps talented doctors find their next role in many locations in Canada, including the capital city Ontario.

Career Development

Advantage helps talented doctors find their next role in many locations in Canada, including the capital city Ontario. 

Our agency provides all the information you need on working in this beautiful country. We also provide exceptional support for those job seeking in Canada. On our website, you’ll find a range of vacancies in and around Ontario. 

So, what is required to work in this country, and what is life like for an expat doctor working in Canada?

Before practicing medicine in Canada, you must obtain the necessary licensure and registration. This used to involve completing the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) however many of the provinces have waived this requirement.  Contact us to find out more.  At Advantage we have strong links in Canada, and we are always kept abreast of current licensing and registration requirements. Candidates will also need to meet specific requirements set by the provincial regulatory body where they intend to practice.

We have placed many doctors within 3 months of their initial phone call to our offices to working in their dream role in Canada. Canada has expedited the process for UK trained GP’s who hold the MRCGP qualification.  The approved jurisdiction status also extends to countries such as The Republic of Ireland, Australia and The United States of America.  Contact us to find out more.

Life working as an expat doctor in Canada.

Canadian healthcare facilities are generally well-equipped, with access to advanced medical technologies and resources. The work environment is usually highly supportive, with a strong emphasis on patient-centred care.  Please note that not all clinics are on an equal footing so please bear that in mind when conducting your own research.  The benefit of working with us is that we have thoroughly screened all of our partner clinics from the eyes of a physician who has performed this role ourselves.

There are job opportunities available across Canada, not just in cities like Ontario. You’ll find there’s also a high demand for doctors in rural and remote areas. 

If you specialise in a particular area, your skills are more likely to be in demand. There are therefore more likely to be more job opportunities and incentives.

Canada is a highly welcoming country for foreign doctors. 

As a multicultural country, its people are generally very accepting and supportive. You can also expect a diverse patient population and may need to adapt to different cultural expectations and communication styles.

When it comes to languages, a proficiency in English or French (or both, depending on the region) is crucial. In Quebec and some parts of New Brunswick, French is the predominant language.

Did you know that Canada is known for its high quality of life?

Canada is known for its high quality of life, with excellent healthcare, education, and public services. The country offers a clean and safe environment, beautiful natural landscapes, and a good work-life balance.

Escape the cost-of-living crisis in countries like Britain.

With the cost of living soaring in many countries, including the UK, you might be looking to save money. So how cost-effective is living in Canada?

The cost of living can vary significantly across the country. Major cities like Toronto and Vancouver are more expensive, while smaller cities may be more affordable.

Here are some comparisons between the UK and Canada in particular:

Firstly, when it comes to housing, this varies a great deal in Canada. Cities like Toronto and Vancouver are known for their high housing prices, while smaller cities are generally more affordable.

However, in the UK London has extremely high housing costs, comparable to Toronto and Vancouver. Other cities like Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh are more affordable, but housing in the UK tends to be expensive relative to average incomes.

When it comes to groceries and food, the UK generally offers lower prices, largely due to shorter transportation distances and fewer import costs. However, Canada boasts year-round farmers' markets that highlight the finest Canadian produce. Known for its fertile regions, Canada includes Saskatchewan, often referred to as the “breadbasket of the world,” and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, renowned for its vineyards and rich fruits. Canada also has a strong reputation for producing lentils, beans, pulses, dairy, and livestock, with its coastal regions being famous for fish and seafood.

In Canada, healthcare is publicly funded and generally free at the point of use, which can reduce overall living costs. The same is true in the UK. 

Canada is generally considered less expensive than the UK in many areas, but it depends heavily on the city and region. For example, living in Montreal can be cheaper than many UK cities, whereas living in Vancouver might not be.

When looking for jobs in Canada, your family is often a consideration. 

Canada is family-friendly, with many social programs and services to support families, including parental leave, public education, and childcare options.

Doctors in Canada are generally well-compensated. However, salaries can vary by specialty and location. Benefits often include health insurance, pension plans, and professional development opportunities.

Canada has a progressive tax system, with relatively high tax rates. It's important for expat doctors to understand the tax implications and benefits available to them.

Advantage is committed to helping doctors transition to their new role. 

We understand that the initial period of transitioning to a new role can be challenging. This phase involves not only navigating the application process but also adapting to a new healthcare system and acclimating to a different cultural environment. Fortunately, our team possesses extensive experience in these areas and is dedicated to providing comprehensive support throughout your journey.

Advantage will guide you through each step of the application process, ensuring that all requirements are met efficiently and effectively. Additionally, we offer resources and advice to help you understand and integrate into the Canadian healthcare system. We also provide cultural orientation to ease your transition into your new community.

By leveraging our expertise, we aim to make your relocation as seamless and stress-free as possible, allowing you to focus on your professional growth and contributions to your new workplace.

If you’re looking for jobs for doctors in Canada, check out our latest vacancies. Or don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team for more information. 

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