Visa & Licensing Requirements in Canada for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

A license to practice medicine is granted by the individual medical regulatory authorities in the relevant Canadian province or territory.  What you need to do to work in each area will vary.

If you are a post fellowship trainee then you will not need to do any additional exams (in the most part).

You will need:
- A medical degree from a medical school that, at the time the candidate completed the program, was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
- To have satisfactorily completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in medicine and an evaluation by a recognized authority

In addition, you'll need
~ to create an account on 'physicians apply' where you upload and share your documents e.g. passport, certificates
~ a work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada which will requires a letter of appointment and medical exam by an authorised company
~ to register with the Canadian Medical Protective Association  (like the MPS/MDU) - detailed information, including a downloadable application form, is available through the CMPA's website at
~ to register with the Canadian GMC (the CPSO) which will require a letter of good standing from the GMC. Download the application for the Certificate of Registration from the CPSO website ( 

The entire process can take many months to complete.

If you do need your Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) this is issued by the medical council of Canada. To obtain it you must have passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II (or an acceptable clinical assessment deemed comparable to the MCCQE Part II such as the new Certification Examination in Family Medicine) and satisfactorily completed at least 12 months of acceptable postgraduate training or an acceptable equivalent to be eligible for it. When you are granted your LMCC, you will be enrolled on the Canadian Medical Register
Note: The Medical Council of Canada, many provincial medical regulatory authorities and other health organizations require that physicians send their medical credential documents to the Medical Council of Canada's Physician Credentials Repository (PCRC) for source verification.


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