Medical Council of Canada


MCC update on COVID-19

(Updated October 22, 1:31 p.m., ET)

Update on COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in Canada and abroad, we continue to ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.

Starting June 2020, we are pleased to inform you that the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I will be delivered by Prometric via remote proctoring and will also resume at available Prometric test centres. Recommended physical distancing and other personal protective measures will be in place, as per the guidelines set by local public health authorities.

To meet the capacity demand, please note that the MCCQE Part I will be offered over an extended exam period, from June 1 to September 20, 2020. Also, please note that the next session of the exam is scheduled from October 26 to November 8, 2020.

Regretfully, we are no longer able to administer the MCCQE Part II in October 2020. We apologize for the disruption this has caused candidates.  

All options regarding future MCCQE Part II sessions are currently under review. With the support of the MCC Council, our team is already in the process of pivoting to the option of virtual delivery of the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, including the MCCQE Part II. This will reduce our reliance on contracted locations for in-person exam delivery and mitigate against the challenges this delivery has brought due to the impact of the current pandemic. We are also exploring the addition of dates in the first part of 2021 to address the backlog created by current site cancellations and considering other aspects of our exams including test accommodations.  

As soon as details on future MCCQE Part II sessions are confirmed, the MCC will inform candidates and stakeholders, and work directly with candidates to transfer their exam application to a future session. If a candidate prefers to withdraw their application, they will receive a full refund. 

We continue to closely monitor the situation and potential impacts on future exams. Please check and websites for further updates.


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General FAQs

Why is the MCC postponing its examinations?


The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is committed to collaborating with the Public Health Agency of Canada to ensure best practices are followed to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our candidates, examiners, staff and all people in Canada.

By postponing the MCCQE Part I scheduled for April 15 to May 15, 2020 and the MCCQE Part II scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020 we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following directives for physical distancing to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.

Should I cancel my travel arrangements?


We recognize that individuals globally are in the position of having to cancel or reschedule travel arrangements. Many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions limiting movement until further notice.

We suggest that you contact your airline service and/or insurance company directly about your travel plans to avoid penalties. As the situation continues to evolve, some measures might already be in place to offer refunds or future credits.

What happens to my license if I don’t get my LMCC?


We encourage you to contact the Medical Regulatory Authority (MRA) in the province or territory in which you are practicing or intend to practice, as you may be eligible for a provisional license.

How do I send my documents to the MCC during the office closure?


Please submit all your documents electronically by email at or by fax (1-613-248-5234). During the closure, we will accept electronic copies of certified identity documents and Certified Identity Confirmation forms as per the instructions on the Best practices for scanning picture documents page. The original certified copies are still required; therefore, please send original certified paper copies by courier or mail. Courier services are accepted Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

FAQs for the MCCQE Part I

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FAQs for the MCCQE Part II

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FAQs for the NAC exam

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