As many internationally trained nurses find when they get to Canada, it can be challenging having your international nursing certificate or diploma recognized once you arrive. The process can seem daunting and confusing, but it doesn’t need to be. The Canadian government has funded the PASS (Pre-Arrival Supports Services) program for nurses which is a project of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs). This is Ontario’s first government-funded bridge-training program and has already helped a great many internationally trained nurses get to where they want to be professionally.
I still remember the feeling of landing in Canada. It didn’t seem real. After so many months and years getting all of the appropriate documents together, then waiting for my application to be processed the day was finally here. I felt a huge surge of relief and happiness when my landing papers had been confirmed and I was able to start my new life in Canada as a permanent resident.
The first week after that day was a real whirlwind as there is so much still to do once you arrive in Canada as an immigrant.
When I first came to Canada I found that there was a lot that I was unprepared for, or simply had not heard of. Even with all of my research and planning, there were still some surprises that I found along the way. Here are some things that I think that all newcomers should know before you leave your home county for Canada.