Roles in Newfoundland, Canada


Sarah Peddie

In different countries around the world there are certain roles that are in more demand than others due to the variety of health issues surrounding different countries. Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we take a look at what roles are most in demand in the countries that our clients are based in.

In this article, we will take a look at what medical roles are in demand in Canada and why these roles are attractive to doctors all over the world.

Healthcare in Canada

Canada claims to have a universal healthcare system throughout the country. This means that if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident then you can apply for public health insurance and this means that you do not have to pay for most healthcare services. 

The universal healthcare system is paid through taxes. Whenever you use public services then you should show your health insurance card to the hospital or medical clinic. It is important to know that each province and territory has their own health insurance plan and covers different services.

What is healthcare like in Newfoundland?

Newfoundland is a very rural part of the country situated in the Atlantic region which is why medical jobs are in high demand in the area. One-fifth of the population live in rural communities but there are around eight percent of physicians practicing in the areas. 

The communities face on-going challenges in recruiting medical professionals in the rural areas. These populations generally tend to be older, less affluent and more sick. 

There are certain remote areas in the country where the government will incentivise doctors to work there. Some of these programmes will provide student loan relief and bursaries to doctors who are interested in working in rural areas across Canada. It is advised that doctors who are straight out of medical school should consider these programmes to increase their annual salary and get out of their debt after medical school.

However, despite the lack of medical professionals, the hospitals are small but they are well equipped - they can be attractive places for doctors to work.  

Immigration and Fast Track 

The type of work permit visa you apply for will depend on the kind of work you do. However, there is a way for skilled workers to enter the country, and even methods for your families to come along with you under the family visa. Express Entry visas are part of the Canada Express Entry Program designed by the Government where people can apply from all over the world to apply for immigration based on their specific skills.  

Roles in Newfoundland

1 - Family Physician

Family medicine is the main primary care medical speciality in Canada which focuses care on the individual within the context of family and community. Family physicians deliver a lot of different types of care across the medical board regardless who the patient is. The average salary of a family physician is $281,000 per year.

Family physicians are currently in demand in Newfoundland as many people do not have a GP in rural areas. It is estimated that around 12 percent of citizens throughout Canada do not have a family physician.

2 - General Surgeon 

General Surgeons are highly trained and highly skilled professionals. They are leaders of multidisciplinary teams, hospitals and healthcare systems as their care places emphasis on the whole patient. The kind of care they carry out ranges from general surgery, oncology, transplant and trauma. 

Between the years of 2010-2015, the number of surgeons went up by 9.3 percent which coincided with a rise in the population. As the population grows, the demand for general surgeons rises.

3 - Anaethetists 

In Canada, medical professionals that specialise in anesthetic are branded as anaesthesiologists. Only trained physicians provide anesthetic services - so the Canadian Anaesthetists' Society adopted the term to separate physician providers from others. 

An anesthesia care team is a group of professionals who take care of a patient before and after surgery. The team consists of an anaesthesiologist (leader of the team), nurses and respiratory therapists. 

If you are thinking about moving to Canada for any of these job roles or any other area in the medical sector then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you find the perfect job.