Canada

  • Total population: 33.48 million (2011)
  • Land area: 9,984,670 km2 / 3,854,085 sq mi 
  • Monetary Unit: Canadian Dollar
  • Offical Languages: English and Canadian French
  • Ethnicity/Race: Canadian (32%), English (21%), French (15.8%), Scottish (15.1%), Irish (13.9%) German (10.2%), Italian (4.6%), Chinese (4.3%).

Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area. Physiotherapists are in great demand in Canada. The steps on becoming a registered Physical Therapist in Canada are outlined below:

 

1. Credentialing

All internationally educated physiotherapists have to undergo this process. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators control this process. The cost of credentialing is approximately €650. The time-frame for credentialing varies. At the minute it takes 5 months for first case and 3 months for precedent case.

 

2. Context of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada.

The context of Physiotherapy practice in Canada is a course that has to be done by all internationally educated physiotherapists. 

Online and in-class room versions of this course are available from multiple Canadian universities and can be started during the credentialing process.

 

3. Physiotherapy Competency Examination

This consists of written and practical components. The written exam is an MCQ type exam and costs approximately €600. There are 6 sittings of this exam throughout the year. If the credentialing process is successful you have 2 years to sit the written exam. If you pass the written exam you may be granted a 'provisional licence' until the clinical component of the exam is completed. However, this differs depending on the regulators.

        The practical exam (Clinical Physiotherapy competencies) is held twice per year (June and November) and is a 5-6 hour exam session with 16 stations. It costs approximately €900 to sit this exam. Upon successful completion of both these exams you will be a fully licenced physiotherapist. 

 

4.Registration with Local Provincial Boards

Each province has their own registration board. Some provinces may allow you to begin this step after successful completion of the written exam as they may allow you to work on the 'provisional licence'. The cost for registration differs from each province but it will be somewhere between €300-600. 

 

Total cost of registration is approximately €2,600.

 

TIPS!


  • It is important to decide where you will live and work in Canadian before applying for credentialing because each physiotherapy regulator has specific rules and regulations.
  • Pre-graduation apply to NUI for English Translation of Degree.
  • On graduation, complete the document request form and submit to your School of Physiotherapy.
  • Get copies of documents notarized: Leaving Certificate, Physiotherapy degree translation, ISCP Certificate, Passport, Declaration of Identity form, dissertation.
  • Complete application form and send to Alliance with documents and payment.
  • Optional: contact Alliance regarding Context of Physiotherapy Practce in Canada Course. 

 

Resources:

Credentialing - www.alliancept.org

Degree Translation - www.nui.ie/services/document-services.asp

Visa - www.canada.ie

Employment - www.careers.fraserhealth.ca, www.vch.ca/careers, www.providencehealthcare.org/PHCCareers/JobListings.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

What is it like to live in Canada?

Weather

The weather in Canada varies dramatically depending on your location within the country.

Canadian Seasons

Spring Weather in Canada

The arrival of spring varies across the country. Generally, the weather starts getting warmer by April, although some areas experience spring even sooner. The average spring temperatures range from 1 ˚C (34 ˚F) in late March to 17 ˚C (63 ˚F) by early June.

Summer Weather in Canada

Canadian summers bring the heat to many parts of the country, especially in the central and mid-western provinces. Between June and August, you can expect to find great outdoor weather for hiking, swimming or just lying on a beach. Summers are usually moderate in temperature, ranging from 14 ˚C (57 ˚F) to 28 ˚C (82 ˚F). 

Autumn Weather in Canada

Autumn temperatures usually hover between 5°C (41°F) and 20°C (68°F), making for pleasant days and cool evenings. 

Winter Weather in Canada

By late December, much of Canada is transformed into a winter wonderland, blanketed in a layer of snow. There are exceptions, particularly on the west coast, where snow is more of a rarity and golfers have been known to play throughout the season. Temperatures typically range from lows of -20 ˚C (-4 ˚F) to 5 ˚C (41 ˚F). Snowfall varies from year-to-year but you can expect enough to take to the ski hills or admire the snow-covered countryside by snowshoe, cross-country ski, or on a sleigh ride.

 


Sports

The official sports in Canada are ice-hockey and lacrosse. 

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