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Anyone moved to Canada as a newly qualified OT?

Old Dec 14th 2014, 12:54 am
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I've been looking at the gocanadaot website, which has a 'success story' featuring a woman from the UK who moved to Canada as a newly qualified occupational therapist. However, I thought at least a year's experience was needed first. Has anyone moved either way? I'm also interested to hear about experiences of OTs on temporary work permits. Thank you.

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How old are you? If you're 30 or under check out IEC, will be your easiest and quickest option.

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How old are you? If you're 30 or under check out IEC, will be your easiest and quickest option.

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I'm sadly too old for the IEC, otherwise I'd go for that.
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I'm sadly too old for the IEC, otherwise I'd go for that.
Ah thats a shame. Sorry, my knowledge outside of IEC is pretty limited, someone with a bit more knowledge will be along shortly. I imagine without any experience you'll have a hard time with it though. How about any other professional experience prior to training in OT?
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It's a regulated occupation in most Provinces, so you would need to ascertain the requirements to register for the Province of choice. Occupational Therapists (NOC 3143-A) - Vancouver Island and Coast Region, British Columbia - education and job requirements (national) - Job Bank (you can also see what jobs are available here).

Once you have that sorted out you can look into the different streams for PR.



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It's a regulated occupation in most Provinces, so you would need to ascertain the requirements to register for the Province of choice. Occupational Therapists (NOC 3143-A) - Vancouver Island and Coast Region, British Columbia - education and job requirements (national) - Job Bank (you can also see what jobs are available here).

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Thank you and thank you also to ChrisBan. Would it be potentially possible to get a twp once qualified and work for a year as an OT assistant? During that time I could gain some experience within the right environment and also be able to sit the assessment/exam.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
It's a regulated occupation in most Provinces, so you would need to ascertain the requirements to register for the Province of choice. Occupational Therapists (NOC 3143-A) - Vancouver Island and Coast Region, British Columbia - education and job requirements (national) - Job Bank (you can also see what jobs are available here).

Once you have that sorted out you can look into the different streams for PR.



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Thank you and thank you also to ChrisBan. Would it be potentially possible to get a twp once qualified and work for a year as an OT assistant? During that time I could gain some experience within the right environment and also be able to sit the assessment/exam.
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Originally Posted by chuchip
Thank you and thank you also to ChrisBan. Would it be potentially possible to get a twp once qualified and work for a year as an OT assistant? During that time I could gain some experience within the right environment and also be able to sit the assessment/exam.
I'd think it fairly unlikely tbh. I doubt that it would be worth anybody's while to pay $1000 and wait months for you to be able to start work if you were an assistant, not to mention having to prove that no Canadian could do it, but you can certainly job hunt and see what happens!

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I'd think it fairly unlikely tbh. I doubt that it would be worth anybody's while to pay $1000 and wait months for you to be able to start work if you were an assistant, not to mention having to prove that no Canadian could do it, but you can certainly job hunt and see what happens!

Best of luck.
Thank you. I guess so. Perhaps a temporary position on a twp as an OT, with a view to possibly doing the experience class route later on. I've seen several OT roles that state a degree but don't specify experience, while others do.
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Thank you. I guess so. Perhaps a temporary position on a twp as an OT, with a view to possibly doing the experience class route later on. I've seen several OT roles that state a degree but don't specify experience, while others do.
If you can get a TWP (bearing in mind the stumbling blocks I mentioned above), then you wouldn't need to wait a year to apply for PR via the CEC, as it's a skilled job you should be able to apply under the new Express Entry (FSW or PNP).

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