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Canada hiring a new wave of nurses to prepare, respond to COVID-19

Applications accepted until April 30

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is looking to hire inventory nurses to have on-call, should health centres require additional assistance when responding to the demands of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Applicants who meet the qualifications will be contacted for additional assessment in the event that positions become available. The first pull of applications could be as early as Monday, March 16. 

According to the job posting, the Health Portfolio Operations Centre is activated at Level 3, to support "effective coordination of federal, provincial and territorial preparedness and response to the emergency of COVID-19." 

"Due to intensity of efforts to support this activation, enhanced border measures at airports and quarantine of repatriated Canadians, PHAC has an urgent need to establish a roster of nurses who can support ongoing efforts," said the posting. 

This includes a need for quarantine officers, nurse managers, and other registered nurses.

Locations looking to hire inventory nurses at this time include:

  • Toronto, Ottawa and other locations in Ontario
  • Montreal and other parts of Québec
  • Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta
  • Vancouver region and other locations in British Columbia
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Regina, Saskatchewan 

While the immediate intent of the inventory is to staff temporary nurses to prepare and respond to the emergence of COVID-19, a pool of candidates may be used to staff temporary or permanent opportunities with PHAC in the future. 

Preference will be given to nurses who are already registered in the province where positions are available.

Applications will be accepted  until April 30. 

Find the full job listing here.