Here I list the best resources for where to look for PA jobs in Canada.
Job Postings Across Canada
1. CAPA PA Job Listings
Membership required. The Canadian Association of Physician Assistant website is often the first resource employers access when they are interested in hiring a PA. These employers will often contact CAPA, who will post the job listing for free on the website. What’s great about this job board is that the majority of CAPA members who have access to this job board are Canadian PA students and Certified Canadian and American Physician Assistants. These area is frequently checked by PAs looking for employment.
Screenshots of the CAPA PA Job Listing:
2. HealthForceOntario PA Initiative Website
These are publicly listed, Ontario specific jobs. From time to time, employers will request to have these jobs posted at Health Force Ontario website. These are accessible publicly and some of these job postings are also found on the CAPA website as well.
Health Force Ontario is also the body that releases new grad funded jobs, however, these are not publicly available for viewing.
3. Hospital Specific HR Websites
Hospital Human Resources websites often have their own job listing and posting system. This would either require entering “[Name os hospital] physician assistant job” in a google search to find it, or browsing through different hospital websites in their “Careers” section. Sometimes these job postings are publicly available, other times they are accessible only via “internal” means (e.g. only on the hospital intranet server).
4. Manitoba Regional Health Authority Career Websites
The Windsor Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has an external (public) and internal job listings for PAs. It takes a bit of navigating through their website before you find Physician Assistant specific jobs. These jobs are for Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Visit the WRHA Job Listings Website >>
Northern Regional Health Authority may provide relocation assistance and/or other incentives as per their Current Opportunities webpage.
Prairie Mountain health is in a rural area that borders a national park. You can visit their Find a Career webpage to find career opportunities.
South Health covers 20 rural municipalities. To see career opportunities, visit their Careers Page.
5. Job Search Engines (e.g. Indeed.ca, Monster.com, etc.)
These public sites are a free-for-all for job postings. Employers submit their job postings which are automatically approved and posted for public viewing. They pay a nominal fee to have the jobs appear first or for longer durations.
Our Orthopaedic Clinic posted a job on Indeed for a part time position to cover a maternity leave. I was overseeing the resumes coming in, and had specifically included in the qualifications, “Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) or American Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)”. Although we did receive resumes for candidates who did qualify, we received an overwhelming response from International Medical Graduates, administrative assistants, Physiotherapy Assistants, and Occupational Therapy Assistants.
Nonetheless, the PA jobs you find here posted on Indeed can often be found on the CAPA Job Listing page.
6. PA Networking Facebook Groups
There are quite a few Canadian PA Facebook Groups that are used for networking and job postings. Several are closed / secret and members that are approved are often Canadian Certified or current PA students. What’s great about these groups is that jobs that are shared are often by fellow PAs, and from an employer perspective the jobs advertised in these groups are to specifically qualified PAs (CCPAs, or PA-Cs).
The CAPA Facebook group is a closed community (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request joining) and you must be a member of CAPA in order to join. For any Ontario specific groups, you must contact the Ontario Chapter president to request to be added and find out requirements for joining.
Have any other resources for job listings in Canada? Let me know in the comments below!
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