Loans and Subsidies for Becoming Registered
Becoming registered in a regulated profession such as midwifery generally involves significant fees. In some provinces, there is some financial support available as outlined below.
If you are an immigrant with permanent resident status in Canada who arrived here in the last 5 years and you have worked as a midwife for at least 3 years in your home country, you may be eligible for a BC government funded program that offers career counseling and financial support towards getting registered and starting work in your profession. Two agencies currently offer this program:
Arrive BC (Vancouver Lower Mainland and other areas of BC)
Vancouver Lower Mainland: 604.575.3800
Outside Vancouver toll-free: 1.877.277.4832
Working Solutions (Vancouver Lower Mainland only)
Saskatchewan Health's bursary program is offering bursaries of $7000 to individuals taking part in PLEA or Ontario's International Midwifery Pre-registration Program if they commit to working in Saskatchewan for one year following successful completion of one of these programs. For more information, go to http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/hhrp_bursaries.html.
The province of Manitoba offers financial assistance through its Credential Recognition Program. Qualified applicants are reimbursed for 50% of approved costs, up to a maximum of $2,250.00 upon presentation of receipts. Eligibility criteria note that "landed immigrants and recently naturalized Canadians are eligible for assistance under this program. To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed a minimum two-year post-secondary program outside of Canada and must have credentials and work experience that are not formally recognized in Manitoba." Note: The applicant must recieve approval prior from Manitoba Labour & Immigration prior to beginning the assessment process. For more information, go to: http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/immigrate/newcomerservices/7d.html.
The Immigrant Employment Loan Program offered by the Maytree Foundation and Alterna Savings Cooperative provides eligible individuals in the Greater Toronto area with up to $5000 to cover fees associated with short-term assessment or training leading to employment in the immigrantâ€™s or refugeeâ€™s profession. For more information, see www.maytree.com under â€śMaytree Initiativesâ€ť.
Scotiabank has offered low interest special loans to a number of IMPP students and to other international professionals in other bridging programs. IMPP students at Ryerson University can also access financial bursaries of $500. Contact the IMPP for more details.