Route to licensure
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) plays an important role in the assessment of physicians in Canada. The MCC does not, however, confer licences to physicians (this responsibility belongs to the provincial and territorial Medical Regulatory Authorities).
The LMCC and the Canadian Medical Register
The MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to medical graduates who meet the following criteria:
- They have passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II (or an acceptable clinical assessment deemed comparable to the MCCQE Part II)
- They have satisfactorily completed at least 12 months of acceptable postgraduate training or an acceptable equivalent
The LMCC is NOT a licence to practise medicine, the authority to issue such is reserved to the Medical Regulatory Authorities (MRAs). The LMCC is a part of the Canadian Standard for independent practice, the set of requirements for award of a full unrestricted licence to practice. Upon receiving their LMCC, candidates are also enrolled in the Canadian Medical Register.
The Canadian Standard sets out the academic qualifications that make an applicant eligible for full licensure in every Canadian province and territory.
Physicians applying for the first time to become licensed to practise medicine in a Canadian jurisdiction may achieve full licensure only if they:
- Have a medical degree [from a medical school that, at the time the candidate completed the program, was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools], and
- Are a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada; and
- Have satisfactorily completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in allopathic medicine and an evaluation by a recognized authority; and
- Have achieved certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Collège des médecins du Québec.
Source: Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
For information related to international medical graduates and the Canadian medical system as well as important considerations before starting the licensure process, please visit physiciansapply.ca.
Please note that the MCC does not accredit or sponsor medical schools, or assess the quality of education provided by any medical school. It is candidates’ responsibility to check whether their medical school is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and has a Sponsor Note for Canada indicating that it is an acceptable medical school in Canada. Graduates and students from an acceptable medical school are eligible for MCC services.