Right now in Canada, you MUST be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada in order to apply to a Canadian PA Program.
Why? Although I can’t speak to why PA Admissions has made this a criteria, I suspect that it is because right now, PAs who study in Canada and become Canadian Certified Physician Assistants (CCPAs) can ONLY practice in Canada.
You cannot become a CCPA in Canada and then practice in the US, UK, or other countries.
Only the American PA Degree (PA-C) allows that kind of mobility.
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