Q3b: How much is tuition at a Canadian medical school?

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How much is tuition at a Canadian medical school?

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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 Statistics Canada, the average tuition fee for Canadian medical schools is $12,959 per year, with Ontario having the highest provincial average at $22,744.[i]

Sources

Office of Research and Information Services (2015). Canadian Medical Education Statistics 2015, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Ottawa (ON), Vol. 37, p. 4. ISSN 0225-9451.

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2015/16 First-Year Fees (CAD) for MD Training, by University

 

University / Province

Tuition Fees

Other Compulsory Fees

Canadian Citizen/

Permanent Resident

Foreign

Student

Foreign

Student  Above Quota

Memorial University of Newfoundland

$ 6 250

$30 000

N/A

$1 271

Dalhousie University

$18 300

$18 300

$75,000

$1 141

Laval, Université

Quebec resident

$ 3 659

$30 282

NA

$  924

Other

$11 049

Sherbrooke, Université de

Quebec resident

$ 4 492

$27 369

NA

$1 060

Other

$11 598

Montréal, Université de

Quebec resident

$ 3 334

$25 120

NA

$1 203

Other

$ 9 727

McGill University

Quebec resident

$ 4 816

$36 844

NA

$2 118

Other

$14 764

Ottawa, University of

$24 463

NA

NA

$   681

Queen”s University

$24 361

NA

NA

$1 194

Toronto, University of

St. George campus

$22 180

$66 070

NA

$1 781

Mississauga campus

$2 091

McMaster University

$26 056

NA

$95 000

$   946

Western University

$23 927

NA

NA

$1 283

Lakehead University/Laurentian University (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)

East Campus

$22 317

NA

NA

$   920

West Campus

$1 042

Manitoba, University of

$8 256

NA

NA

$1 183

Saskatchewan, University of

$15 840

NA

NA

$   843

Alberta, University of

$12 309

NA

NA

$1 298

Calgary, University of

$15 012

NA

$113 447

$1 709

University of British Columbia

VFMP site

$17 066

NA

NA

$1 003

IMP site

$0

NMP site

$0

SMP site

$0

i[1] Statistics Canada (October 3, 2012). Undergraduate tuition fees for full time Canadian students, by discipline, by province (Canada). Pages consulted September 2, 2016, at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/educ50a-eng.htm and http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/educ50g-eng.htm

Glossary

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.

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