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Migration of Health Human Resources from Africa to Canada

Canada And The ‘Brain Drain’ Of Health Professionals From Sub-Saharan Africa: A New Program Of Research Activities

Canada’s own need for health professionals must not come at the expense of the health of people in other countries, especially those in greater health need. This program of research seeks to determine legally-sound, empirically-justified and ethically grounded policy options that Canada can pursue to manage the migration of health professionals from SSA (and other developing) countries.

Objectives include:

  1. Determine the recruitment practices for foreign-trained physicians and nurses by regional health authorities and hospitals in the five Canadian provinces most reliant on foreign-trained health professionals.
  2. Determine the full extent of health professional migration flows from SSA countries since the introduction of the Provincial Nominee Program in 2000.
  3. Provide robust estimation of the economic costs and benefits to Canada and source countries of the flow of SSA-trained physicians and nurses to Canada.