Clearwater's British physician is expected to arrive in November and another doctor from Romania has promised to move out next year after she's finished a commitment at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.
Mayor John Harwood said Thursday that puts the community well on the way to the four or five physicians that would be the goal for medical service in Clearwater.
"The English doctor is still going through the process. He has his visa and work permit. Now we have to work with his kids and their permits," he said.
"Hopefully he'll be here in early November."
That doctor is coming through a sponsorship program with Interior Health. The family spent a week in Clearwater and checked out the schools for the two children, who are entering grades six and kindergarten.
The Romanian doctor also has a girl going into Grade 7, Harwood said.
So not only would the arrival of the two new families in the community be welcomed for the medical expertise they provide, but also they will boost the school enrolment numbers.
The Romanian doctor has been in B.C. for seven years. She has to spend two years at St. Paul's to finish qualifications before she can go elsewhere. The soonest she'd be able to get to Clearwater is some time next year, he said.
International doctors such as the Romanian physician are given a list of places where the B.C. government requires them to go for three years.
"I asked the minister of health a couple of years ago why Clearwater wasn't on the list. Now it is and she chose us," he said.
Clearwater has been down to one doctor for a few years, with some help from locums or physicians in Kamloops or Valemount.
"It's looking a little more optimistic. We still have regular locums here as well which helps to fill in," he said.
Still, Harwood doesn't want to count his doctors until they've arrived.
"These are for sure, but the old saying – you want to see the whites of their eyes."