Understanding the Canadian Health Care System

This 20-hour course held over 5 sessions offers IEHPs an interactive classroom based understanding of the Ontario health care system including the key concepts and principles of professional practice needed to work as a health care professional in Ontario.

Using a variety of classroom activities; such as lectures, role-play, case studies and group discussion, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Canadian health care system, context and culture.

This course will focus on:

  • The federal and provincial governments’ involvement in health care
  • Cultural competence, communications, patient centered practice and safety
  • Ethics in health care
  • Working with other health care professionals
  • The importance of professionalism and lifelong learning

Session Dates in Toronto:

The course includes 5 sessions over 5 consecutive weeks. All sessions run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You are expected to attend all five sessions in order to obtain a certificate of completion.

February/March 2016

  • Session 1 - Thursday, February 11th, 2016
  • Session 2 - Thursday, February 18th, 2016
  • Session 3 - Thursday, February 25th, 2016
  • Session 4 - Thursday, March 3th, 2016
  • Session 5 - Thursday, March 10th, 2016
May/June 2016 
  • Session 1 - Thursday, May 5th, 2016
  • Session 2 - Thursday, May 12th, 2016
  • Session 3 - Thursday, May 19th, 2016
  • Session 4 - Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • Session 5 - Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

June/July 2016 

  • Session 1 – Wednesday June 22nd, 2016
  • Session 2 - Wednesday June 29th, 2016
  • Session 3 - Wednesday July 6th, 2016
  • Session 4 - Wednesday July 13th, 2016
  • Session 5 - Wednesday July 20th, 2016
August/September 2016 
  • Session 1 – Wednesday August 31st, 2016
  • Session 2 – Wednesday September 7th, 2016
  • Session 3 - Wednesday September 14th, 2016
  • Session 4 – Wednesday September 21st, 2016
  • Session 5 - Wednesday September 28th, 2016
November 2016 
  • Session 1 – Wednesday November 2nd, 2016
  • Session 2 – Wednesday November 9th, 2016
  • Session 3 - Wednesday November 16th, 2016
  • Session 4 – Wednesday November 23rd, 2016
  • Session 5 - Wednesday November 30th, 2016


HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency
163 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 1S1

Eligibility Criteria:

To take part in this course, you must:

  • Be an Internationally Educated Health Professional
  • Have a demonstrated English fluency at CLB level 7 or higher (or equivalent - IELTS, TOEFL)
  • Be in process of assessment or applying soon
  • Commit to all five dates of the course
  • Be a registered client of the HFO MRA Access Centre. If you are not a client of the Access Centre, please register online
  • Have met with an IEHP Advisor

How to Register for Session:

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If you meet the registration requirements and would like to apply for this course, please complete the Course Registration Form and submit to the Access Centre.

You will be contacted by email to confirm that we have received your application.

Your application will be assessed and you will either:

  1. Be contacted by your Advisor to discuss your eligibility for the course, OR
  2. Receive an email confirmation that you are registered for a particular term.

Please be advised that these courses will only be offered in English.

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