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Old Mar 15th 2017, 6:41 pm   #1
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Hello,

I'm pretty much set on wanting to move to Canada to become a PCP with my UK Paramedic registration. I am about to graduate a 2 year University programme, and I can see that Paramedics are Skill Level B on the immigration part of the website, meaning they qualify for express entry (permanent residence) based on having a job offer in a skilled Canadian profession.

I found a thread on here but it was from 2008, and obviously a lot will have changed in that time so I figured it was better to start a new one!

Has anybody on here recently been through the process, or knows the best way to get a job offer? I understand I will have to have my qualifications vetted for reciprocity.

Also I can see that the immigration demand is less about specifically being a 'Paramedic', and more about being an EMS Technician or Paramedic, with at least a 2 year University education in that subject.

I was an EMT for 2 years before becoming a Paramedic, and since I will have this University education, would this count for my required 1 year of work experience?

Any and all info is hugely welcomed, and thank you in advance!
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 9:52 pm   #2
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Hello and welcome to BE!

Which Province do you think you are most likely to want to move to? Each Province has Provincial Regulations and specific processes to ascertain equivalency of your qualifications.

This might be of use to you: http://paramedic.ca/site/faq?nav=02 and http://paramedic.ca/site/links?nav=02

My nephew is a paramedic, but he qualified here so am unable to give any advice on this, sorry!

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Old Dec 31st 2017, 11:03 pm   #3
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Hey,

I’m a Paramedic in Scotland looking to move to Canada. I’ve only had my registration for a year but was a technician for 4. I’m currently 2/3 of the way through my BSc (Scotland do HND still and not BSc).

What province are you honking about going to?
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We have a friend who just qualified in BC, now trying to get hired. Paramedics in BC are paid by the call, so there are more vacancies in quieter locations.
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Hi all! PM me if you need any information on the transition from UK to British Columbia, a lot has changed since 2008! Lots of opportunities opening up here! I started the training from scratch - we have a few more people who can connect about their experiences in applying to transfer (some challenging - some awesome).

I still work at the Justice Institute of BC and BC Emergency Health Services - living the dream! Make the move!
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Good morning.. sorry I have been unable to PM as I have not posted on here before. I am looking to move to Canada to work as a paramedic. I am a HCPC paramedic and have been qualified just over a year working in the UK. What are the best options for a move? And what new opportunity’s are there? I have viewed the provenance website however they don’t give any definitive information for UK paramedics. I would be interested mostly in Quebec and Ontario.

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Good morning.. sorry I have been unable to PM as I have not posted on here before. I am looking to move to Canada to work as a paramedic. I am a HCPC paramedic and have been qualified just over a year working in the UK. What are the best options for a move? And what new opportunity’s are there? I have viewed the provenance website however they don’t give any definitive information for UK paramedics. I would be interested mostly in Quebec and Ontario.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Welcome to BE!

You can find out more about how to qualify as a paramedic in Ontario by using the links on this page; MOHLTC - EHS - Education - Equivalency
Standard Equivalency

Paramedics who have completed a paramedic training program from another country or do not meet the AIT Equivalency requirements and want to work as a paramedic in Ontario must undertake the Standard Equivalency Process.
There's also a useful section on this page: https://torontoparamedic.com/become-a-paramedic/ and Paramedic Association of Canada Home Page

As to obtaining Permanent Residency (which I believe you will need in order to work as a paramedic), please look at the wiki article Quick Guide to Canadian Immigration : British Expat Wiki and post any questions to our Immigration section Immigration & Citizenship (Canada) - British Expats

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Hi Siouxie,

Thank you for the reply. This is all really helpful information 😊.

Do you work as a paramedic in Canada?
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Hi Siouxie,

Thank you for the reply. This is all really helpful information 😊.

Do you work as a paramedic in Canada?
You're most welcome!

No I don't, although I have a nephew who is one.

Good luck with your plans!

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Thank you all for your help thus far, it's most appreciated

I started this thread originally last year, and am still focused on the goal of being a Paramedic in Canada!

I'll be checking in again in the future once I start the process. I think my first port of call will be to try and take some kind of reciprocity exams or assessments, if that seems sensible?
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