Resources for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Information for internationally educated health care professionals and new immigrants seeking employment in BC.

If you have existing health education and experience, you may be eligible for registration as a Health Care Assistant. Within just a few months, you could be eligible to earn pay and benefits as you continue to build your career in health care in BC.

Watch the following videos to learn more about the role of an HCA:

Check out these WorkBC profiles for more information:


If you are new to British Columbia, you can find information for newcomers at WelcomeBC. The services offered can help you navigate your pathway to employment, become part of BC society by engaging in your new community, and succeed in the BC job market.

  • Find out more about the immigration process and settlement services
  • Learn about BC ’s economy, labour market, regions and communities
  • Explore Employment and English language programs
  • Get advice on having your existing credentials recognized, and applying your skills to the BC job market

WorkBC Centres

WorkBC Employment Services Centres help residents of British Columbia prepare for a career and find a job. Find the WorkBC Centre nearest you to access job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, and financial supports.

Immigration/Pre-settlement Services

  • Immigrant Services Society (ISSofBC) offers free settlement support, employment programs, English classes, and more
  • MOSAIC provides employment supports, settlement programs, and other services for newcomers to BC
  • SUCCESS delivers employment services in a culturally sensitive manner to job seekers
  • DiverseCity helps newcomers build a future in Canada by identifying goals and determining settlement needs
  • Canadian Immigrant Fair is a free event connecting newcomers with information on careers, education, and settlement
  • Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses offers the Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) program and the Supports and Mentorship Program to help you achieve integration into the Canadian workforce
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides information for visiting, studying, temporarily working, immigrating, and obtaining citizenship to Canada
  • B.C. Provincial Nominee Program helps speed up your application for permanent resident status if you are a qualified, trained professional, or skilled worker sponsored by a BC employer

Financial Support

HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program

Health Match BC provides support to future HCAs who aim to register with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry through the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program. This program includes financial assistance to complete the NCAS assessment and registration process as well as valuable guidance and connections to education and employment opportunities. The HCA Program Info Sheet describes, in more detail, the supports available through this program.

Mental Health & Wellness for Healthcare Workers

  • Care for Caregivers is a mental health and wellness resource hub for continuing care workers. Whether you’re looking for up to date credible information to ease your mind, a free workshop to learn about resiliency, or quick daily coping tips, it’s all on one website. 

Are you an Internationally Educated Nurse?

If you are an internationally educated nurse, you may be eligible to start your health care career in Canada as a Health Care Assistant while you are recredentialling to practise as a nurse. The following institutions offer bridging programs:

Visit British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) for a complete list of recognized nursing programs in BC.

Join the Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) in BC Facebook Group to connect with other IENs and share resources.

Consider working on a health care team in other capacities while completing registration requirements.

You may find that your international health care training and experience is not immediately recognized in BC. The skills you have already acquired, such as the ability to work well with others, good communication skills, patience, compassion, and experience assisting the elderly in daily living activities, can be used in alternative careers in health care, while you are in the process of getting your credentials recognized. Some health care professions to consider include, home support workers and housekeepers.

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