Recruitment Strategies And The Migration Of Health Human Resources To Canada

This SSHRC funded project ran from 2006 to 2009. Canada is not alone in trying to address the problems presented by global and local shortages of health human resources (HHR). Pan-Canadian work is taking place on the harmonization of approaches to recruitment, regulation, and access to licensure. At the global level, discussion of coordination of standards for HHR with regard to harmonization of specialist training, continuing medical education and continuing professional development, and establishing global standards for assessing equivalency is similarly ongoing. In theory, these efforts should ultimately provide some assistance to HHR and the recruiters that we interviewed. It may also have the effect of deterring health workers unlikely to qualify for practice in Canada to seek migration, but could also incentivize those already qualified to migrate, and those lacking sufficient qualification to upgrade their credentials in a carefully targeted way.

Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada  Research Chair (Globalization and Health Equity)
School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
University of Ottawa

Amir Attaran
Canada Research Chain in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy; Associate Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Ivy Bourgeault
Professor, Telfer School of Management and Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa; CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources; Scientific Director of the pan-Ontario Population Health Improvement Research Network and the Ontario Health Human Resource Research Network.

Jonathan Crush
CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development, Professor Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Professor, Basillie School of International Affairs

Cheryl Levitt
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University.

Corinne Packer
Researcher, Globalization and Health Equity Unit, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa.


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