Social Policy Trends: Immigrant Physicians in Calgary

  • Robert Falconer


Immigrant doctors represent a significant portion of family physicians and specialists in Calgary. Even more could be certified to practice as doctors or in other related professions, but face high financial and regulatory barriers upon arriving. Doctors and other medical professionals arrive in Calgary as both immigrants and refugees. Facilitating their licensing to practice medicine would benefit them and all Calgarians.

The federal government selects the majority of economic immigrants based on their work experience and education of applicants. Despite being selected for their qualifications, many newcomers find their work experience and education unrecognized upon arrival. This encourages many newcomers to take work for less pay, and jobs for which they are mismatched or overqualified. This is especially true for regulated professions, and in particular the medical field.