Social Work Migration Project

Navigating Immigration Policies

*This information is offered for informational purposes only and is valid as of 20 March 2015. Please confirm the information by referring directly to the websites linked on this page.

Citizenship & Immigration Canada provides information about immigration.

Social workers are considered to be skilled workers and are eligible to enter Canada through the “Express Entry” program, starting in January 2015 ( except Quebec ). Social workers will be granted permanent residency with a recognized degree, sufficient skills in French and/or English, a valid job offer, at least one year’s paid work experience and adaptability.

Every province has it’s own “Provincial Nominee Program” that is offered in collaboration with the Federal government. Each province has unique priorities and processes for immigration. You can find the link to each province’s immigration program here.

Québec does not have a Provincial Nominee Program. You can find information about immigrating to Québec here.

Settlement Associations

Each province has non-profit organizations that are dedicated to assisting newcomers to settle in Canada. You can find links to these agencies below:

Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance

PEI Association of Newcomers

Immigrant Services Association of NS

NB Settlement Services

Association for New Canadians in Newfoundland & Labrador

Welcome to Ontario

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals

Immigration, Diversity & Inclusion Québec

Manitoba Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Sector Association

Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies

Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of British Columbia

Northwest Territories

New Brunswick:

The government of New Brunswick gives grants to organizations to foster multi-cultural workplaces and to help non-profit agencies facilitate foreign credential recognition.


The One NS report, published in 2014 strongly emphasizes immigration as a solution to a slow economy and out-migration pattern.

An alternative assessment, criticizing the One NS report was published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives titled “Expanding the Vision”. This report urges policy-makers in Nova Scotia to consider a more mutual benefit for both the province and immigrants.

To learn more about immigration and credential recognition, please view the slide show below, developed for the Knowledge Exchange Forum in Halifax on November 21, 2014.

KEF Licensure and Credentials from Kate Em