Tuition fees are mandatory fees paid by students to help cover the cost of their education. Although they may appear high, they represent a small portion of the total cost of training to become a physician. The actual costs of medical training in Canada are shared by the provincial governments, medical schools, and students. Medical education subsidies paid by the provincial governments vary both by program and province.
Tuition fees depend on a number of factors, including the program in which the learner is registered (e.g., MD, MD/PhD), the learner’s place of residence, and whether he or she is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, foreign student, or foreign student above quota. Other compulsory fees also apply and vary widely from program to program and, in some cases, from campus to campus.
According to the Canadian Medical Education Statistics (AFMC), the average tuition fee for Canadian Citizen/Permanent Residents for Canadian medical school is $16,798 per year, with Ontario having the highest provincial average at $27,304
Table3, Tuition Fees in Canadian Faculties of Medicine: Canadian Medical Education Statistics 2017
|University / Province||Regular Quota Tuition Fees||Other Compulsory Fees 3|
|Cdn citizen / perm. resident||Foreign 1|
|Yr 1||Yr 2||Yr 3||Yr 4||Yr 1||Yr 2||Yr 3||Yr 4||Yr 1||Yr 2||Yr 3||Yr 4|
|Dalhousie University 4||$20,176||not applicable||$1,197|
|Laval, Université||Québec resident||$3,826||$4,144||$5,101||$2,869||$28,782||$31,208||$38,808||$21,223||$960|
|Sherbrooke, Université de 5||Québec resident||$4,503||$27,379||$1,060|
|Montréal, Université de||Québec resident||$3,507||$3,746||$5,499||$3,188||$26,824||$28,653||$42,064||$24,385||$1,142||$1,197|
|McGill University 6||Québec resident||$5,021||$3,945||$4,065||$2,829||$38,407||$30,177||$31,091||$21,642||$2,208||$2,116||$2,117||$1,808|
|University of Ottawa||$26,970||$26,970||$26,713||$26,459||not applicable||$800||$720||$815|
|Queen's University 7||$26,827||$26,747||not applicable||$1,238||$1,158|
|Toronto, University of 7||St George||$24,440||$72,840||$1,749||$1,749||$1,636||$1,634|
|McMaster University 8||$27,241||not applicable||$960|
|Western University||$25,876||not applicable||$1,350|
|Northern Ont. School of Medicine||East Campus||$24,600||not applicable||$1,099|
|Manitoba, University of||$9,463||$8,110||not applicable||$1,056|
|Saskatchewan, University of||$16,642||not applicable||$834|
|Alberta, University of||$12,044||not applicable||$943|
|Calgary, University of||$15,012||$125,076||$1,170|
|British Columbia, University of||VFMP Site||$17,755||not applicable||$1,212||$75||$82|
Information available as of September, 2017
1 Exemption from paying the foreign differential fee may be granted in some cases. These exemptions are defined by individual provincial government policies.
2 These fees are determined based on individual contracts with foreign governments or educational institutions to provide medical education on a cost-recovery basis.
3 Other compulsory fees may vary for visa students, for example, comprehensive health care insurance.
4 International applicants are no longer accepted to the medical program.
5 Residents of New Brunswick pay the same tuition fee as Québec residents as a result of an interprovincial government agreement.
6 Health and Dental Insurance is charged once a year in the Fall term for Canadian students. Students from France who are eligible to pay tuition at the non-Quebec Canadian rate should deduct $145 for the SSMU Health Insurance, and add $993 for International Health Insurance.
7 International students pay a University Health Insurance Premium fee of $612 on top of the regular tuition fees.
8 International students admitted above the regular quota pay a tuition fee of $95,000 and $960 other compulsory fees.
Foreign student: A student from outside Canada who is not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and has come here for medical training.
Foreign student above quota: A medical student from outside Canada for whom no specific entry position has been allotted by a provincial government.
Medical education subsidies: Financial contributions given to medical schools by provincial governments to support the training of future physicians.
Other compulsory fees: Education-related costs (e.g., student union fees, professional fees, health services) charged by a school.