Obtaining a Medical Practice Licence in Canada
Canada is a sizable country that is composed of 10 provinces and three territories. Each province has a certain autonomy and responsibility for social programs including health care and education, yet all abide by federal and national rules and regulations as well. This is also the case for obtaining a medical licence to practice anywhere in Canada.
All doctors, both Canadian and Internationally trained, must follow steps in order to obtain a medical practice licence in the province they choose to practice in by adhering to both national and provincial regulations and requirements.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) are the national organisations that establish the standards for and accredit postgraduate family medicine training and specialist postgraduate residency training respectively.
Each province and territory then has a medical regulatory authority that is responsible for setting the licensing criteria for that specific province.
These are the organisations you may want to become familiar with if you are interested in obtaining a licence to practice medicine anywhere in Canada.
National Training Certification Process
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization that establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada's 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements. This includes routes to certification based on recognition of training and certification obtained in international jurisdictions.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. The College accredits the university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices and write and administer the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists. International medical graduate training from an approved jurisdiction is also assessed through the RCPSC.
Provincial & Territorial Medical Regulatory Authorities – Medical Licencing & Registration
All postgraduate residents and all practising physicians must hold an educational or practice licence from the medical regulatory authority in the province in which they study or practice.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
Collège des médecins du Québec
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Health and Social Services - Government of the Northwest Territories
Department of Health and Social Services - Government of Nunavut
Yukon Medical Council - Registrar of Medical Practitioners
This is a general overview of the route to practicing medicine in Canada.
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