Canada is a country of destination for immigrants from all around the world. Many geoscientists practising as P.Geo.’s in Canada received their education, training and work experience in another country. All geoscientists – trained in Canada or abroad – must register with the regulatory body in the province or territory in which they practice.
All the regulatory bodies have systems in place to provide information to internationally trained geoscientists wishing to apply for a P.Geo. licence. To be eligible to apply as a P.Geo. with a regulatory body in Canada, you are typically required to be a Canadian resident or have a legal work permit to be employed or work in Canada. However, these restrictions are changing and some regulatory bodies now permit geoscientists to commence their application process before arriving in Canada; others offer international non-resident licensure options for globally mobile practitioners.
All regulatory bodies must consider applicants for registration regardless of what country they received their training in and how long ago that training occurred.
To learn more about practicing as a geoscientist in Canada, watch these personal stories video about six immigrant geoscientists now practicing in Canada.
Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program is specifically for people with technical and professional skills who have an interest in working in Canada on a temporary basis or who wish to consider immigrating to Canada.
In addition, some provinces and territories have programs to attract skilled workers in order to address specific labour skills shortages in their region. This is done through participation in Citizen and Immigration Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.
For more information on becoming a licensed professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) in Canada, visit Geoscientists Canada’s website Geoscience in Canada which provides:
- A knowledge and experience requirements for professional registration Self-Assessment Tool
- A Licensing Costs estimator
- Information on Getting Your Licence, Geoscience in Canada, and Coming to Canada, as well as
- Information on, and links to, the Canadian regulators of geoscientists.
To return to the Geoscientists Canada website, click on the Geoscientists Canada logo at the bottom of the Geoscience in Canada webpage.