British Columbia plans to invest in supporting internationally educated nurses
British Columbia will invest $12 million to recruit internationally educated nurses. According to Michael McMillan, the president and chief executive officer of the Health Employers Association of the province, "this investment will provide more support for internationally-educated nurses who want to work in British Columbia."
It will also make it easier and cheaper for foreign-trained nurses to get their credentials recognized in Canada. Health Match British Columbia will work with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) to support this initiative.
BC will invest $9 million in bursaries to help international nurses with the cost of obtaining their credentials. Hopefully, this will assist in recruiting 1,500 nurses. In total, $9 million will be invested, and $3 million will be used for processes based on provincial assessments.
As a result, nurse navigator positions can be created so that trained nurses from other countries can navigate the licensing and assessment process before migrating to Canada.