Educational Credential Assessment

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) for immigration to Canada and for whom Physician would be the primary occupation for their application to immigrate to Canada. Please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information on the new FSWP, the eligible occupations and ECAs. The MCC is responsible for assessing the authenticity of the primary medical qualification – the candidate’s medical diploma. Once the diploma has completed the verification process, the MCC can produce an ECA report.

Physicians seeking an Educational Credential Assessment should:

  1. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for a full list of requirements to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  2. If they have not already submitted their medical diploma for source verification to the MCC (either through MCC-Online, PCRC-Online or physiciansapply.ca)
    1. Open an account with physiciansapply.ca
    2. Submit a source verification request (SVR) for their final medical diploma. Note — candidates will need to pay an account fee, if not previously paid, and a document fee
    3. Send a copy of the final medical diploma to the MCC. If the document is in a language other than English or French, a translation will be required. At the time of creating a SVR, you may select to have your final medical diploma translated by the MCC or to provide your own translation prepared by an acceptable translator. See Translation of your documents for additional information.
    4. The required identity documentation will also need to be submitted.
  3. Go to their physiciansapply.ca account and request (under Other Service Requests) an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. To obtain the ECA report fee, visit the Examination and service fees page on our website.

The ECA report will be issued after the completion of the source verification process. The following average 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.

Once the ECA report has been generated, it will be mailed to the candidate. 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 Federal Skilled Worker Program can submit this to CIC.

The ECA report will confirm whether the candidate’s medical diploma is comparable to a Canadian medical degree. However, for both international and Canadian medical graduates, a medical degree alone does not convey 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.

This process not only helps candidates meet the Federal Skilled Worker Program requirements, it also enables candidates to get their medical degree source verified. Source verification of the final medical degree 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).

Note – The MCC will only produce an ECA report for the medical degree diploma. If candidates wish to have other degrees recognized for the purpose of applying to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, they should visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.