Full name: Canada
Population: 34.7 million (UN, 2012)
Largest city: Toronto
Area: 9.9 million sq km
Major languages: English, French (both official)
Major religion: Christianity
Monetary unit: 1 Canadian dollar = 100 cents
GNI per capita: US $45,550 (World Bank, 2011)
Canada is the second largest country in the world, it is also one of the wealthiest and ranks highly in international measurements of education, civil liberties, economic freedom and quality of life.
A collection of several regional, aboriginal, and ethnic subcultures, Canada is a multi-cultural mosaic, drawing influences from its broad range of constituent nationalities.
The country is divided into ten provinces and three northern territories however nearly 90% of Canadians live within 200km of the border with the United States, leaving vast swathes of stunning, uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness to the north. By contrast, the cities and towns are bustling hubs of activity, boasting everything you would expect from a dynamic urban metropolis. So, whether you’re looking for spectacular scenery, outdoor pursuits, cultural heritage or a vibrant social scene Canada has it covered!
Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most breath-taking provinces in Canada, as vast as it is varied in both landscapes and experiences. Home to the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains the countryside boasts turquoise lakes, boreal forests, rushing rivers and rolling grasslands offering natural hot springs, views of the Northern Lights, endless scenic hikes and some of the world’s most popular ski-resorts.
Alberta’s largest city, Calgary, is a vibrant urban centre, recently voted the best place to live in Canada. A diverse and prosperous city full of open spaces, parks and pathways with plenty of fresh air and more days of sunshine than any other major Canadian city, Calgary is known as the gateway to the Rockies and situated less than an hour’s drive from the majestic mountains which frame it so beautifully. Meanwhile, provincial capital Edmonton offers all the convenience and choice of a big city with the charm of a small town and culture aplenty in its position as the country’s festival city.
Canada has long appealed to those seeking adventure overseas and can be a particularly rewarding location for GPs.
Salary expectations are varied as you work on a “fee for service” basis but on average, GPs can earn anything from CAN $350k to $600k (£193k to £330k) per annum, with some GPs earning up to $800k (£435k) per annum.
The packages available vary significantly by employer and location but in general more rural practices are prepared to offer:
- Relocation costs
- Accommodation costs
- Car hire
- Medical health and professional indemnity insurance
Most urban practices who accept International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are happy to provide advice with regard to the above and some may even offer loans to assist with relocation.
All IMGs, with the exception of American Board Certified doctors, need to complete the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) before applying for a vacancy and must have passed this exam before beginning work in Canada. Further details on undertaking the MCCEE can be found on the Medical Council of Canada website.
The full medical registration process is different for each province, with varying requirements, examinations and paperwork necessary, however, if you can hear Canada calling please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert team who will be more than happy to assist you with the process.
For more information on Canada check out their excellent tourism website.