April 18, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:

April 18, 2013

Medical Council of Canada named assessment organization for immigrant physicians

Ottawa – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has named the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) as the credential assessment organization of physicians applying for immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement in Ottawa today.

Physicians looking to immigrate to Canada can submit their final medical diploma for verification to the MCC. Once the verification is complete, the MCC will issue an Educational Credential Assessment report. Physicians can submit this report to CIC as part of their application for immigration.

“We are really pleased to have been designated as an assessment organization for physicians applying to immigrate to Canada,” said Dr. Ian Bowmer, Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada. “In addition to helping physicians meet the criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the process is also accepted by the medical regulatory authorities of Canada. Physicians can submit their medical diploma once and meet a requirement both for immigration and for medical licensure.”

Physicians interested in obtaining an educational credential assessment must open a physiciansapply.ca account and submit a source verification request for their final medical diploma. After sending a copy of their diploma, they can request the Educational Credential Assessment report. Information on this service is available on mcc.ca and physiciansapply.ca.

“As a result of this initiative, physicians will have a more streamlined process for both immigration and integration into the Canadian medical system,” said Dr. Michael Marrin, President of the Medical Council of Canada.

The Medical Council of Canada strives to achieve the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians. It assesses over 11,000 medical students and graduates every year through its examinations. Its exams are offered in both official languages in sites across Canada, and in the case of the MCCEE, in over 500 locations in 80 countries.

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For more information:

Jessica Hertzog-Grenier
Director, Communications
Medical Council of Canada
613-521-6012, ext. 2277
jhertzog@mcc.ca