Educational Credential Assessment

What is an ECA report?
Why request an ECA report?
When to request an ECA report?
How to request an ECA report?

What is an ECA report?

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) has been designated by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism to provide Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for:

Principal Applicants intending to apply for immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) as a general practitioner, family physician (NOC 3112) OR specialist physician (NOC 3111).

Please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website for more information on the FSWP, the eligible occupations and ECAs.

The MCC is responsible for assessing the authenticity of the primary medical qualification – the candidate’s final medical degree (diploma). Once the diploma has completed the verification process, candidates can request an ECA report through their physiciansapply.ca account.

Note – As designated by CIC, the MCC can only produce an ECA report for the primary medical degree (diploma). If candidates wish to have other degrees recognized for the FSWP, they should visit the CIC website for more information.

Why request an ECA report?

This process not only helps candidates meet FSWP requirements, it also enables candidates to get their medical degree (diploma) source verified. Source verification of the medical degree (diploma) is one of the requirements for application for medical registration in Canada (i.e., applying for a medical licence in a Canadian province or territory).

The ECA report confirms whether the candidate’s medical degree (diploma) is comparable to a Canadian medical degree (diploma). However, for both international and Canadian medical graduates, this alone does not provide the ability to practise medicine in Canada. Provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities require additional postgraduate training and further assessments before granting a licence to practise medicine.

When to request an ECA report?

As of December 2014 and given that an ECA report can only be produced once a source verification response is received, candidates will need to have had their medical degree (diploma) successfully source verified before they can request an ECA report. Candidates will receive a message in their physiciansapply.ca account when their medical degree has successfully completed the source verification process.

To submit your final medical degree (diploma) for source verification:

  • Go to your physiciansapply.ca account
  • Submit a source verification request (SVR) for your final medical degree (diploma)
  • Send a copy of the final medical degree (diploma)
    • If the document is in a language other than English or French, the document will need to be translated
  • Submit the required identity documentation

ECA report requests submitted prior to December 2014 will be honoured. The MCC will issue the ECA report once their medical degree (diploma) is source verified.

How to request an ECA report?

As of Dec. 2014, once the final medical degree (diploma) has been source verified, candidates must request an ECA report through their physiciansapply.ca account, under Other Service Requests. Payment of the ECA report fee will be required.

Please note that an ECA report can be issued based on the source verification of a medical degree transcript that confirms awarding of the degree if the medical diploma source verification response has not yet been received.

The ECA report will be produced and mailed within 21 business days after receiving the ECA report request. If candidates wish to have their ECA report sent by courier service, they will need to complete and email, as an attachment (service@mcc.ca), or complete and fax (613-248-5234) the ECA Courier Service Authorization Form two days after having submitted their ECA report request.

The ECA report will be valid for immigration purposes for five (5) years from the date it was issued by the MCC.