According to Pedro Antunes, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, “Retirement rates are going to continue to rise and…the new entrants coming into the workforce, it’s just not enough to fill that gap.” Through CCCN, internationally educated nurses acquire the language, cultural knowledge, skills, and connections to prepare for the Canadian labour market, bringing their expertise to fill nursing shortages across Canada. Antunes adds that “Not having immigrants fully employed in their professions amounts to an approximately $13-billion loss for the Canadian economy.”

Can you help us prepare internationally educated nurses for employment in Canada?

We need the expertise of internationally educated nurses to fill job shortages in Canada, yet federal funding for the Canadian Culture and Communication for Nurses (CCCN) program ends on March 31, 2020.

PEG Canada is seeking new funding sources and partners to ensure we can continue to offer CCCN free of charge to internationally educated nurses and other health professionals.

We offer 6- and 12-week communication skills modules (CLB 6-8+) which link to skills needed for CELBAN success, Pronunciation for Health Professionals, and a Healthcare Webinars series. For more information, visit

If you are interested in partnering with PEG Canada to continue the CCCN programming, please contact Debbie Kroeker at