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) provides Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) immigration programs that require an ECA report (Federal Skilled Worker Program) or where an ECA is considered (Canadian Experience Class).

Principal Applicants applying for Canadian immigration programs as a general practitioner, family physician (NOC 3112) OR specialist physician (NOC 3111) can request an ECA report from MCC after their medical diploma has been source verified through physiciansapply.ca.

Applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) must complete an online Express Entry profile. Please see the IRCC website for more information. Applicants with educational degrees earned outside of Canada will need to obtain an ECA report to complete this profile.

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 source verification process, candidates can request an ECA report through their physiciansapply.ca account.

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

Why request an ECA report?

This process not only helps candidates meet immigration 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?

Candidates must 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 the launch of the Express Entry system will be honoured, even if they were submitted before the completion of the source verification process for the medical degree (diploma). In these cases, the MCC will issue the ECA report once the medical degree (diploma) is source verified.

How to request an ECA report?

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 source verification of a final medical degree transcript that clearly confirms awarding of the degree, as well as the date it was awarded, when the medical diploma has been sent for source verification but the verification has not yet been received.

The ECA report will be produced and sent to candidates within 21 business days after receiving the ECA report request. Candidates who wish to have their ECA report sent by courier service will have the option to request this when requesting an ECA report through their physiciansapply.ca account.

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