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 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

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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
Memorial  University $8,250 $30,000 $1,300 $630
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
Other $11,658 $12,645 $15,793 $8,883
Sherbrooke, Université de 5 Québec resident        $4,503 $27,379 $1,060
Other $11,608
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
Other $10,857 $11,598 $17,026 $9,870
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
Other $15,546 $12,215 $12,585 $8,760
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
Mississauga $2,122 $2,122 $2,009 $1,864
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
West Campus $798 $602
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
IMP Site $0 $677 $75 $82
NMP Site $0 $969 $75 $82
SMP Site $0 $997 $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.

 

 

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.

Sources

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Canadian Medical Education Statistics 2017,  Ottawa (ON), Vol. 39, p. 4. ISSN 0225-9451.

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