Canada-Bound Internationally Educated Nurses Can Jump-Start Their Careers with Pre-Arrival Supports and Services

Mehrzad Nicholas GhadiriByNicholas Ghadiri

Canada-Bound Internationally Educated Nurses Can Jump-Start Their Careers with Pre-Arrival Supports and Services

Learn More about PASS on NEW CANADIANS TV Show on OMNI

(Toronto) February 2, 2017

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has funded a program at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to help immigrating nurses get a head start on the registration process through Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS). PASS serves IENs while still in their country of residence, after they submit proof of graduation from a nursing school and a letter of immigration confirmation from the Government of Canada. PASS services are designed to get IENs started on the registration process earlier, thus shortening the time that they spend from arrival in Canada to nursing registration and employment. The program is free of charge to eligible nurses. (Featured in photo: IEN Precious Obah, a PASS client now living in Ontario, PASS Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel and CARE Centre Case Manager Lourdes Vicente.

PASS was recently featured in an episode of NEW CANADIANS which is broadcast on the OMNI stations. You can watch the PASS video at

NEW CANADIANS is a rich and informative web and TV show portraying stories of recent immigrants making Canada their home, produced by New Horizons Media, and hosted by Gerard Keledjian and Rachel Lee. The magazine-style presentations showcase settlement, education, employment and small business resources available to newcomers to help them maximize their chances of success and ease their integration into Canadian society and workforce.

NEW CANADIANS profiles successful immigrants who have overcome many challenges and established themselves in Canada. Their stories are retold to inspire newcomers to pursue their dreams and realize their potential. These stories also help prospective immigrants to better plan their future in Canada. The show also covers immigrant-related news and special events.

PASS offers 100 hours of online programming that can be completed in different scenarios, depending upon the nurses’ date of arrival in Canada. PASS includes online courses providing nursing-specific language and communication training and webinars on employment-related topics, equipping IENs with knowledge and support for speedy and successful entry into the healthcare field. PASS also offers online sessions connecting national employers to IENs and a mentorship program linking IENs to expert nurses in destination provinces.

Visit the website at for continued updates. Check airtimes at  ​ and for more about NEW CANADIANS visit

Over 3,500 nurses from more than 140 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses since 2001. CARE Centre is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada. CARE Centre provides IENs with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s health care system. CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001). To learn more about CARE Centre and its work, please visit

For more information please contact:

Tina Novotny
Communications Specialist CARE Centre for IENs
416-226-2800 ext. 240

Meghan Wankel
Program Coordinator PASS
416-226-2800 ext. 234

Gerard Keledjian
Executive Producer NEW CANADIANS

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