Yes, American certified Physician Assistants may work in Canada. American PAs who have successfully completed an accredited American Physician Assistant Program, and challenged and passed the NCCPA’s Certification Exam are able to practice in Canada. They do not need to complete PA school in Canada to practice.
How do I become a Certified Physician Assistant? [From CAPA website]
How do I work in Canada?
Now this is a much more challenging question. There are several ways to apply to work in Canada. I outline a few points her for temporary work and work as a permanent resident. The most up to date, reliable information about working and living in Canada may be found on the Canadian Immigration Commission website.
International Experience Canada (IEC) Program – If you are under the age of 35, you can gain experience working in Canada through the International Experience Canada Program, which encourages young people to obtain international working experience in Canada before settling in their home countries. The official website outlines criteria and participating countries.
Obtain a temporary work permit. This requires several pieces of documentation including a police check, as well as proof that you plan on leaving Canada at the end of your employment.
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