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Join us in Building Canada’s Strongest Health Care System!

AHS is recruiting internationally-educated health care professionals from the list below. Before you can work with us, you must be professionally licensed or registered to practice in Alberta.

  • Registered Nurse 
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse 
  • Physiotherapist 
  • Occupational Therapist

If you meet these criteria, please register with us and create your online profile.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

In certain circumstances, AHS may be able to sponsor you through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. When no qualified Canadians apply for a specific position, AHS can apply to Service Canada for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). An approved LMO allows us to sponsor a qualified, licensed international candidate to come to Alberta on a restricted work permit but only to work with AHS. Unfortunately, we can only do this for professionals listed above and the position must meet certain eligibility criteria before we can apply for an LMO.

Canadian Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant of Canada

If you already have your Canadian permanent resident/landed immigrant status and have the appropriate license to practice in Alberta, you are welcome to apply to AHS. Please visit our job board for the latest opportunities.

Citizenship and Immigration Website

Please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Website for information on other ways international applicants are eligible to work in Canada. You will also find helpful information on becoming a permanent resident/ landed immigrant of Canada on this website.

Immigrant Access Fund of Alberta (IAF) 

The IAF is a community organization that provides micro loans of up to $10,000 to skilled immigrants who lack the financial resources to pay for Canadian accreditation or training that will allow them to work in their field. Specifically, IAF loans may be used for: 

  • Short-term (two years or less) training
  • Exam fees with a professional governing association
  • Travel expenses to write an exam or to take a course not available locally
  • Qualification assessments
  • Professional association fees, books and course materials
  • eEnglish language courses specific to employment
  • Living allowance during study time
  • Other related expenses

For more information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit IAF.

Before You Apply to AHS

You must have an Alberta professional license before applying to AHS. Visit Getting your Alberta professional license for more information. (Please note: applicants will be required to complete English-language skills testing as part of the licensing process).

You will also need to provide an immigration-approved medical exam and a criminal record check before starting employment. Your criminal record check needs to be dated within 90 days before your start date.

Tips on Your Resume

A resume and cover letter are how you introduce yourself to a potential employer. Be sure to identify yourself as a permanent resident/landed immigrant of Canada if you have already obtained this status. Be sure to include your type of work permit (e.g., open work permit, student work permit) and its expiry date. Or identify yourself as a permanent resident/landed immigrant of Canada. Remember to only include true and verifiable information on your resume.

The governments of Alberta and Canada offer useful information on how to make your cover letter and resume stand out.