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How does a citizen or permanent resident of Canada who completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and post-MD training abroad obtain a licence to practice as a physician in Canada?
Answer

Before returning to Canada, international medical graduates (IMGs) who have completed their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and post-MD training abroad must complete several steps in order to obtain their licence to practise medicine in Canada.

Before embarking on this process, IMGs are advised to contact the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory where they wish to practise in order to obtain information about the specific requirements they will have to meet.

As part of the licensing process, IMGs must undergo assessment by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), the body responsible for assessing every medical school graduate who wishes to practise medicine in Canada. MCC-led assessments are carried out at more than 500 locations worldwide. For more information about this process, Consult MCC website for IMG assessment.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada also offers an application process for recognition of training and certification within certain approved jurisdictions—including Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the web site.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has established a number of routes to certification for specialists and subspecialists, including IMGs. Click here for details.

Websites of provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities:

 

For more information about licensure to practise in Canada:

Glossary

MCC-led assessments: IMGs must undergo assessment by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), the body responsible for assessing every medical school graduate who wishes to practise medicine in Canada. check here

 

Medical Regulatory Authorities: The bodies responsible for licensing physicians and monitoring medical practice to safeguard public interest. For a complete list, check here.