Here you will find information for individuals who have graduated from an international medical school and are looking to certify and obtain a licence to practice in Canada.




Source: Medical Council of Canada

Overview of licensure process for IMGs

Overview of the process of obtaining a licence to practise medicine for IMGs


International medical graduates (IMGs) looking to begin the process of obtaining a licence to practise medicine in Canada are always encouraged to contact the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory in which they would like to practise. They should also contact the international medical graduate program in that province, if such a program exists.


There are general steps that IMGs should take before arriving in Canada, and steps they should take after their arrival.


Steps IMGs can take before arriving in Canada


You can start the licensure process from outside Canada by:


  1. Confirming that your medical degree is from a recognized medical school
  2. Taking an online self-assessment exam
  3. Submitting your credentials with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Physician Credentials Repository
  4. Taking the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)


1. Confirm that your medical degree is from a recognized medical school


Visit the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), part of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research‘s (FAIMER) website. Your medical school, the name of the medical degree and the year of your graduation must be listed on the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory to be accepted in Canada.


2. Are you exam ready?


IMGs can test their readiness for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) through the Medical Council of Canada Self Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE – EE). IMGs who take the SAE – EE will receive the number of questions correctly answered as well as a percentile table that compares their performance to the results achieved by other MCCEE candidates.


3. Submit your credentials


IMGs can use the MCC Physician Credentials Repository to establish a confidential professional electronic portfolio of their credentials prior to arriving in Canada. IMGs can share their portfolio with provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities, certifying and qualifying bodies. The MCC requires that IMGs who are applying for the first time to the MCCEE send a copy of their final medical diploma to the MCC Physician Credentials Repository. The diploma must be successfully source verified through the Repository for the candidate to be eligible to the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.

Fees: To access Repository services, IMGs must open a account. A one-time account fee is involved with the creation of an account. Additional document fees are also charged for each medical document submitted for source verification.


4. Take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)


IMGs must pass the MCCEE to apply for a residency position through the Canadian Resident Matching Service. The MCCEE is offered in 500 sites in 80 countries.

If IMGs have obtained Canadian or American board specialty certification, they may apply to the MCC for an exemption from the MCCEE.

Note: The MCC requires all first-time MCCEE candidates to open a account and send a student attestation or a copy of their medical diploma to the MCC Physician Credentials Repository for source verification.


Steps IMGs should take after their arrival


All provinces have the right to request additional assessments to qualify for residency positions in their province. These assessments may include the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination, which is only administered in Canada. Candidates must take the MCCEE before being eligible to take the NAC examination, and certain jurisdictions may add region-specific eligibility criteria for certain provincially funded training positions.


IMGs may be required to pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II (additional fees apply). Candidates may also take a self-assessment exam to help prepare for the multiple-choice component of the MCCQE Part I. This self-assessment is offered over the Internet and can be completed before arriving in Canada. The MCCQE Part I and the MCCQE Part II are administered in Canada and are also required for graduates from Canadian faculties of medicine. All jurisdictions also require a minimum of two years of postgraduate training for licensure. When IMGs pass the MCCQE Part II or the new Certification Examination in Family Medicine, they are awarded the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. The Licentiate is required for candidates to meet the Canadian Standard for full licensure, as defined through the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada.


IMGs who are considering practising or completing their medical training in Canada should be aware of the requirements for medical liability protection in Canada. For more information, please contact the Canadian Medical Protective Association.



Barkaat Ahmad