Canadian Immigration for Doctors
Are you a qualified doctor who graduated outside of Canada? Are you looking to make one of the thirteen provinces or territories of Canada your new home? Now you can!
Learn about Canadian Immigration for doctors using these simple steps.
- STEP 1: Have an approved medical degree from a university that is listed in the World Directory of Medical school
- STEP 2: Apply and qualify for a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada;
- STEP 3: Pass a one year post graduate program under a medical authority in the province
- STEP 4: Get official certification from the:
- College of Family Physicians of Canada;
- The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; or
- The College des Medecins du Quebec
Find Out if you Have a Recognized Medical Qualification
There is a very easy way to do this, simply go on the World Directory of Medical Schools website, enter in details, like the country you received your qualification from and the name of your university as shown below.
If your university is an accepted medical institution, it will show up in the results. Please note that a Canadian Sponsor Note from your university must also be included in your application.
Get Approval from the Medical Council of Canada
You will have to become familiar with the Medical Council of Canada or MCC. You will need a qualification called the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.
Requirements for a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada:
|Pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations, these examinations are broken into two parts Part 1 and 2; and|
|Complete at least 12 months of postgraduate training|
Please note that getting approval from the MCC does not mean that you can practice in Canada!
You can take Part 1 of the MCCQE exam before you move to Canada, but you must be in the country for Part 2.
After passing all your MCCQE exams, you will still need the approval of the Medical Regulatory Authorities in the province or territory you wish to apply for.
Here is a list of medical authorities in Canada and where you can find them.
|Province/Territory||Medical Regulatory Authority||Contact Details|
|Alberta||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta||780-423-4764|
|British Columbia||College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia||1-800-461-3008|
|Manitoba||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba||(877) 774-4344 or email@example.com|
|New Brunswick||College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick||(506) 849-5050 or 1-800-667-4641|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador||(709) 726-8546 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Northwest Territories||Government of the Northwest Territories||867) 767-9000|
|Nunavut||Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services Medical Registration Committee||1-877-212-6438 or email@example.com|
|Ontario||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario||+1 800-268-7096 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prince Edward Island||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island||(902) 566 – 3861|
|Québec||College des médecins du Québec||1 888 MÉDECIN (633-3246) or email@example.com|
|Saskatchewan||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan||(306) 244-7355 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yukon||Yukon Medical Council||(867) 667.3774 or email@example.com|
Fees for the Application
Please note that there will be a fee to confirm your medical degree by the MCC.
If you plan to immigrate to Canada as a doctor, you should also be aware of other costs involved so that you can budget appropriately. Here are some estimates of the costs you can expect to pay.
- Degree verification CAD$215;
- Translation fee CAD$181 per page;
- ECA report CAD$137;
- Application fee for MCCEE CAD$2,365;
- Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I CAD$1,598; and
- Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II CAD$3,340
There are certain organizations you can register with to help submit and store your documents, like physiciansapply.ca. You can learn more about the documentation submission process in the video below.
IELTS and TEF Exams for Doctors
In some cases, you will have to prove that your English and/or French language abilities are good enough to work with patients.
This can be done through verified and accepted language exams like IELTS for English and TEF for French. You will get a score based on your proficiency in speaking, listening, writing and reading in those languages.
At some point in the application process you will be asked to prove you have valid work experience.
You will most likely have to supply a letter of employment from your previous employer.
This document generally includes the following:
|NOC (National Occupational Classification) title;|
|Contact details of employer; and|
|The letter head of your company|
Where to Begin Canadian Immigration for Doctors
There are certain programs designed specifically for trained medical doctors like the:
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP); and
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
If you want to start the application process, apply with us today. Learn about Canadian immigration for doctors today.
Do you have any questions?
Yes, because Canada is such a large country with a relatively small population spread out across it, doctors are urgently needed, especially in rural areas.
The average medical doctor salary is $148,700 a year.
You will have to pass the qualifying examination of the Medical Council of Canada. Aside from this some provinces will require additional post-graduate studies to ensure you meet the required standards of public health and safety.
Saskatchewan and Alberta are the best place to practice medicine according to a 2017 physician workforce survey.
The Express Entry system coupled with a Provincial Nomination could see you in Canada in less than six months.
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