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International Physicians

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), along with our many specialized programs and services, welcome applications and inquiries from physicians living outside of Canada.

Physicians who are eligible for licensure in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, may be considered for positions within PHSA at various sites across the province. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

This page includes links and information about the process to apply successfully for work in B.C. There is also information about the registration requirements to work in a clinical practice.

Join us in British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia (B.C.) is on Canada's west coast, and is one of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories. British Columbia has a population of around 4 million people; Victoria is the capital city, and Vancouver is the largest (and the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada). B.C. borders the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Rocky Mountains to the east, and the United States (Washington and Oregon) to the south. Ocean, mountains, city, small towns, and remote wilderness – there is a lifestyle and geographic environment to suit all tastes.

B.C. is an outstanding place to live, work, study, and play for individuals, couples and families of all sizes. Leisure and recreation lifestyle vary as broadly as the landscape, and include outdoor sports like skiing, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and climbing, to urban fun such as theatre, fine dining, professional sports venues, and shopping, and for the families, all sorts of children's sports, arts, festivals, special events, and more.

Eligibility for registration in B.C.

To determine registration eligibility, first register for an account with Health Match BC.  Health Match BC is a complementary health professional recruitment service funded by the Government of B.C. Health Match BC's physician services team assesses individuals' training and experience to determine qualification to work as a physician within B.C. Qualified physicians will then be referred to PHSA's Physician Recruitment Team, who will share available positions and answer questions about the hiring process. 

Immigration & relocation

Physicians who meet the registration eligibility requirements, and are offered a position with PHSA, will need to obtain authorization to work in Canada. PHSA has an in-house immigration specialist who will guide the process of obtaining authorization to work in Canada and assist you and your family with relocating to B.C.

To obtain authorization to work in Canada, PHSA partners with the BC Provincial Nominee Program, which will "nominate" international physicians who have received a valid job offer. Once nominated, the BC Provincial Nominee Program will issue a work permit support letter. This letter enable application for the initial work permit, and the nomination allows for application for permanent residency.   

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  provides useful information regarding working and living in Canada, including how to apply to be eligible to work in Canada, in addition to becoming a permanent resident of Canada. To start your search, visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website under Immigrate to Canada.

For more information, check out the Government of British Columbia's Welcome to BC: Information for Newcomer's guide.

Career opportunities

To view and apply to our physician vacancies, please visit PHSA Physician Careers

For more information, please contact our Physician Recruitment team at physicianrecruitment@phsa.ca

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