Doug Ford invites Quebec nurses to practice in Ontario

Doug Ford invites Quebec nurses to practice in Ontario

Ford mentioned Quebec health workers in his appeal and praised the quality of life in Ontario.

Like the other provinces, Ontario suffers from staff shortages, especially in the hospitals.

” [Les infirmières] don’t have to worry about bureaucracy to work in Ontario. »

— A quote from Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

According to a statement, the government must introduce legislative changes in February to allow Canadian healthcare workers to:

  • Start practicing immediately in Ontario without first having To with any of Ontario’s Health Regulatory Colleges.
  • To work outside of their usual responsibilities or circles provided they have the knowledge, skills and judgment.

In addition to nurses, Ontario plans to hire more paramedics and respiratory therapists, among other things.

No financial incentives

The Ford government does not offer incentives to workers from other provinces for doing business in Ontario.

Potential new NDP leader Marit Stiles says recruiting efforts could be undermined by the Progressive Conservatives’ pay freeze.

“This government has taken healthcare workers to court to cut their salaries. It’s not very inviting. »

– A quote from NDP MP Marit Stiles

Same story from Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

“To solve the health crisis, the Ford government should start paying workers fairly. »

– A quote from the Green Party of Ontario (press release)

Ontario has already facilitated the hiring of internationally trained nurses to fill current staffing shortages.

no goal

The government hasn’t set a goal to recruit workers from other provinces, but Ford says Ontario needs “as many” nurses as possible.

A highly qualified health professional from British Columbia or Nova Scotia should not have to take career breaks or face obstacles to practice here in Ontario, Ontario Minister of Health Sylvia Jones said in a press release.

She adds that relaxing rules for workers from other provinces will give Ontario hospitals more flexibility to fill vacancies or hire more workers in the event of a major one-off influx of patients, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. will give.

Healthcare workers from the United States cannot use this initiative to practice their profession in Ontario.