Immigrate to Canada as a Clinical Psychologist. What is Expected Salary?

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, every year, 1 in 5 people will have experienced some form of mental health issues. Now more than ever, people need support as the Coronavirus continues to put pressure on those who have been directly and indirectly affected by the pandemic.

Psychologists are not only highly in-demand but are one of the highest paying jobs in Canada in 2020. As a qualified and experienced clinical psychologist, you could earn between $97,451 and $130,932 per year living and working in Canada.

Psychologists living and working in Canada have access to amazing benefits, such as paid holidays, health insurance, and generous retirement plans. 

How Do I Apply for a Job in Canada as a Psychologist?

There are various ways to land that dream job in Canada but as you may be applying from outside Canada, the best way is to apply online. There are various online job platforms such as Indeed, Workopolis, Glass Door, that currently have over a thousand jobs for psychologists, particularly in provinces such as British Columbia. Alternatively, you can visit a particular province or territory website where you will find plenty of job listings. The important thing to bear in mind when applying for work in Canada is to have all your necessary documentation prepared, up-to-date and onhand before you start the application process.

What Are My Immigration Options?

1. Express Entry – Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Express Entry system is designed to help fast-track your Canadian visa application process. This system manages 3 federal economic programs, specifically:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • The Federal Trades Worker Program, and
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Those with a National Occupation Classification (NOC) A or B as well as skill level 0 are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system. These generally include management, professional and technical jobs. As a psychologist, your skill level is A, which means you pretty much qualify for most Canadian immigration programs, the fastest and most efficient of which is the Express Entry system.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) has 6 main selection factors that your visa application will be based on. In order to qualify you will need to score a minimum of 67 out of a maximum of 100 points.

2. Provincial Nominee Program Route

If you have been offered a valid job in Canada, you could apply through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Anyone can apply for permanent residence through a PNP, no matter what your skill type or level is, but it comes with one really fantastic benefit. If you apply through an Express entry linked PNP, you could be selected to receive a provincial nomination (PN).

What Do I Need to work in Canada as a Psychologist?  

As with any medical profession, there are additional requirements that you will need to meet before you can live and work in Canada as a psychologist. This includes:

  • Ensure that your qualification meets the requirements of your chosen province or territory as mention in the table above;
  • Complete a period of supervised practical work experience;
  • Complete a written Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP);
  • Oral examination and board interviews depending on your province or territory of choice;
  • Register with a regulatory body;
  • Be a member of the provincial professional association for psychologists, such as the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

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