The MCC and the route to licensure

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) plays an important role in the assessment of physicians in Canada. The MCC does not, however, confer licences to physicians (this responsibility belongs to the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities).

The Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada and the Canadian Medical Register

The MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to medical graduates who meet the following criteria:

  • They 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)
  • They have satisfactorily completed at least 12 months of acceptable postgraduate training or an acceptable equivalent

The LMCC is not a licence to practise medicine, the authority to issue such is reserved to the medical regulatory authorities. The LMCC is a part of the Canadian Standard, the set of requirements for awarding a full licence. Upon receiving their LMCC, candidates are also enrolled in the Canadian Medical Register.

Canadian Standard

The set of academic qualifications that automatically makes an applicant eligible for full licensure in every Canadian province and territory.

Physicians applying for the first time to become licensed to practise medicine in a Canadian jurisdiction may achieve full licensure only if they:

  1. Have a medical degree [from a medical school that, at the time the candidate completed the program, was listed in the FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) or the WHO’s World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS) Seventh Edition (2000)], or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from a school in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; and
  2. Are a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada; and
  3. Have satisfactorily completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in allopathic medicine and an evaluation by a recognized authority; and
  4. Have achieved certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Collège des médecins du Québec.

Source: Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada

For information related to international medical graduates and the Canadian medical system as well as important considerations before starting the licensure process, please visit physiciansapply.ca.