The health sector in Ontario is one of the largest employment sectors. Health accounts for the highest sector of government spending in the province. From 2005-2010, employment in the health sector has increased by 10% in Waterloo Region, making this industry the third largest employer in this region. As demographics in Ontario shift to an older population, it is anticipated that health spending, and with it, health jobs, will continue to grow.
Still, the health sector can be difficult to navigate. It is a highly regulated sector (see “Regulated Professions” for more information on professional regulations) which means that you will often need a licence/registration with a regulatory body. We’ve outlined these regulated professions with links to more information about how to become registered to practice in Ontario.
Some health careers are not regulated and don’t require registration (although there may still be organizations which represent that career). We’ve organized some of these under the Unregulated Health Professions section.
Most jobs in the health sector will require some post-secondary training and licensure. It is possible, though it can be difficult, to obtain employment without specific training, such as being a porter, or working in personal care (though this area is become far more regulated).
Internationally trained health professionals will typically need to work with the regulatory body through their credentialing process to gain licensure. Many bridge training programs exist for internationally trained health professionals. Work with an Employment Counsellor can be helpful to plan your short/medium/long term steps towards working in your profession.