Immigrate To Canada As A Psychologist: All You Need To Know

Immigrate To Canada As A Psychologist: All You Need To Know
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Two years after a government revealed almost one in five Canadians over the age of 11 years old needed mental health services, the number of Canada jobs for psychologists is still climbing.

“We drive ourselves crazy sometimes trying to figure out how to reorganize or redistribute the services we provide,” Saskatchewan psychiatrist Dr. Tamara Hinz reportedly told the CBC earlier this year.

“But at the end of the day, there’s just not enough pie there.”

Job Bank, the federal job-hunting and career-planning website, is forecasting a shortfall of 400 qualified workers to fill the positions for psychologists over the coming nine years.

“For psychologists, over the period 2022 – 2031, new job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand are expected to total 18,800 , while 18,400 new job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility are expected to be available to fill them.

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“The labour shortage conditions seen in recent years is expected to persist into the 2022 – 2031 period.”

Job Bank is forecasting the job prospects for psychologists to be “good” in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island through to 2031.

Things are looking even brighter for those psychologists looking to set up practices in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec. Job prospects for psychologists, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 31200, were ranked as “very good”, Job Bank’s highest rating, in those seven provinces.

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With Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcing earlier this year that Canada’s Express Entry system will begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including psychologists – foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada are now looking at a new opportunity to get their permanent residence here.

The flagship Express Entry selection system has previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.

Candidates will need at least six months of continuous work experience in Canada or abroad within the past three years in one of these occupations to be eligible, experience that can have been gained while working in Canada as temporary foreign workers with a work permits or as an international student with a student visa.

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There were already 98 job listings for psychologists on Job Bank in July., another job-hunting website, listed 1,027 such positions.

In Canada, the median hourly wage for psychologists is $43.50 but that varies from a low of $24 right up to $58.79, reveals Job Bank.

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means pilots could expect to earn a top median annual income of $114.640.

Under the changes announced at the end of May, the Express Entry streams, including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) will now be more responsive to labour market needs.

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“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said former Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”

Canada first signalled its intention to start occupation-specific draws through Express Entry in June last year, when changes were made to the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act to allow invitations based on occupations and other attributes, such as language ability.


The majority of Canada’s provinces have been issuing occupation-specific invitations for several years.

Under the changes to the act, the immigration minister is required to consult provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners, before announcing new categories.

IRCC must also report to parliament each year on the categories that were chosen and the reason for the choices.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the number of occupations facing shortages doubled between 2019 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, federal high skilled admissions accounted for between 34 and 40 per cent of overall French-speaking admissions outside Quebec, which manages its own immigration intake.

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.