The Alberta Practitioner Link website will be shutting down on May 1, 2020. All content posted on the site, including open vacancies, user applications, etc. will come down at that time and will be deleted. If you are currently recruiting for or have applied to positions that extends beyond May 1st, please plan accordingly. All Alberta Health Services (AHS) physician opportunities will continue to be posted on Community clinics looking to post positions can contact AHS through the DrJobsAB website, if they are requiring sponsorship, or explore posting opportunities through PCNs or other general recruitment websites.

Canadian Immigration for Healthcare Practitioners

A look at Canadian immigration for physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare practitioners.

Coming to Canada

From letter of offer to arrival in Canada to begin a career, the timeline is approximately 6–8 months.

When you receive an offer of full time employment and are eligible to work in Alberta, your prospective employer will request a Labor Market Impact Analysis (LMIA), formerly Labor Market Opinion (LMO). Employers need to obtain this assessment in order to hire a foreign worker. Due to some of the process changes, this time frame can take up to 3–4 months.

An aerial view of Alberta's Rocky Mountain range.

How to apply for a Work Permit

Once a positive LMIA is issued, the prospective employer will forward to the potential employee that will allow them to initiate the work permit and /or visa process. This process also takes time, approximately 2–3 months.

The immigration process takes approximately 6–10 months.

Sign up for a free APL account, browse active practitioner job opportunities, and apply today.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is a program for permanent residence. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is operated by the Government of Alberta together with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Individuals can be nominated by their employer, usually within 6 months of beginning employment within Alberta. Once nominated, the physician together with their spouse, partner or family can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes the final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.


When a physician comes to Alberta to begin a new life and practice, there may be employment needs of other family members as well. 

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