The licensure/registration process in Canada varies greatly from province to province. Each province has its own licensing authority (“The College of Physicians and Surgeons” of Ontario, British Columbia, etc.) and the rules, requirements and processes for licensure are different for every college. There are plans to introduce a universal set of licensing standards in the future, but they are still in the process of negotiating those standards. It can take anywhere from 3-6 months to complete the registration process, depending on the college.
There are two main types of licenses for international doctors, provisional and full. Most provinces require that international Doctors work under a provisional license for the first 12 months before becoming eligible for full, unrestricted licensure, which will also include a college-directed supervision period (or “mentorship”) to help Doctors acclimate to the Canadian medical system. In most cases, you will still treat patients and bill for procedures as usual while under supervision; they just want to make sure there is someone available to help you if needed.
To help International Medical Graduates navigate through the complicated Canadian registration process, Medidoc has dedicated Licensing Specialists to guide you every step of the way. Our staff assists with everything from the initial assessment to primary source verifications for medical education and post-graduate training, professional references, and will even review your initial application to ensure it meets the college requirements.
We have listed below, the general information regarding licensure for each province, but please contact us to discuss your individual qualifications with one of our specialists.
General Requirements for Licensure in Canada
The general requirements for medical registration in Canada are:
- A medical degree from any country that is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
- GP (Family Practice) or specialty training that has been completed in Canada, the USA, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, or the UK
- Authentication of medical certification by the Physicians Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC).http://www.pcrc.org/ Most provinces require full verification before they will issue your license, but others will allow you to complete PCRC verification after starting work in Canada
- Some provinces also require completion of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), but other licensing exams (such as the USMLEs) will be accepted by most provinces.
Before taking the MCCEE, internationally-trained physicians must apply to the Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC) and send a certified copy of your final medical diploma. The MCCEE is a computer-based examination available at 500 test centers in 72 countries. Further information about the MCCEE is available at http://www.mcc.ca/
Licensure/Medical Registration Requirements by Province
We currently own clinics or have partners in these three provinces: Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. But, if you are looking to work in other parts of the country, we will still may be able to assist you with registration and location of a practice through our network of partner clinic management companies.