Educational Credential Assessment

What is an ECA report?
What benefit does an ECA report provide?
How to request an ECA report?
When will the ECA report be issued?

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 under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and for whom general practitioner and family physician OR specialist physician would be the primary occupation for their application to immigrate to Canada.

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, the MCC can produce an ECA report.

Note – The MCC will only produce an ECA report for the primary medical degree (diploma). If candidates wish to have other degrees recognized for the purpose of applying to the FSWP, they should visit the CIC website for more information.

What benefit does an ECA report provide?

This process not only helps candidates meet the 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, a medical degree (diploma) alone does not provide the ability to practise medicine in Canada. Provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities governing the practice of medicine require additional postgraduate training and further assessments for all applicants before granting a licence to practise medicine in Canada.

How to request an ECA report?

  1. Visit the CIC website for a full list of requirements to apply under the FSWP.
  2. If you have not already submitted your final medical degree (diploma) for source verification (either through MCC-Online, PCRC-Online or physiciansapply.ca):
    • Open an account with physiciansapply.ca.
    • Submit a source verification request (SVR) for your final medical degree (diploma).
      Note — candidates will need to pay an account fee, if not previously paid, and a document fee.
    • 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.
  3. Once the final medical degree (diploma) has been sent for source verification or if it had already been submitted previously, go to your physiciansapply.ca account and request (under Other Service Requests) an ECA report. Payment of the ECA report fee will be required.

 When will the ECA report be issued?

The ECA report will be issued after the completion of the source verification process. The following average degree (diploma) source verification times might apply:

    • Diplomas issued by medical schools in North America, Australia and Europe: approx. 75 days
    • Diplomas issued by medical schools in Asia, South America and Africa: approx. 105 days

Please note that times can vary by institution.

The ECA report will be mailed to the candidate within:

    • 21 days of receipt of the source verification response from the medical school, OR
    • 21 days after receiving the ECA report request if the medical degree (diploma) was already source verified.
      • 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.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit his or her ECA report to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) since it only accepts original assessments directly from applicants. The MCC will provide physicians with an original Assessment Report so that applicants to the FSWP can submit this to CIC.