An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) confirms whether or not your medical degree/diploma is comparable to a Canadian one. If you are applying for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you may need an ECA report to complete your Express Entry profile.
Who can request an ECA report?
An ECA report can be requested only if you meet the following requirements:
- You are an international medical graduate
- You have started the immigration process with IRCC and were asked to obtain an ECA report
- You have already had your final medical degree/diploma source verified by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Your medical transcript may be used to request the ECA report only if it meets specific requirements.
Note: Under the Express Entry system, you must have your final medical degree/diploma source verified by the MCC before you can request an ECA report. However, if your medical degree transcript has already been source verified — and your transcript clearly confirms that your degree was awarded and the date it was awarded — you can proceed directly with your ECA request even if your degree/diploma has not yet been source verified.
How do I request an ECA report?
Once you have had your medical degree or transcript source verified, you can request an ECA report through your physiciansapply.ca account by clicking on Other service requests and then on Request Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. Payment of the ECA report fee will be required at this point.
What happens after I submit my request?
Your ECA report will be produced and mailed within 21 business days of your request. You will receive a confirmation message in your physiciansapply.ca account when the report has been generated. Please allow up to eight weeks for its delivery by regular mail. If you do not want to wait for delivery by regular mail or need your report faster, please fill out the ECA Courier Service Authorization Form and send it to email@example.com on the same day you submit your ECA request.
Your ECA report will be valid for immigration purposes for five (5) years from the date it is issued by the MCC. Please note that your report will include information only about the medical degree/diploma that was source verified by the MCC. If you want to have other degrees recognized for immigration purposes, you should visit the IRCC website for more information.
Note: An ECA report does not give you the ability to practise medicine in Canada. You will still need to meet other requirements, such as additional postgraduate training, before being awarded full licensure by provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities.