The Medical Council of Canada acknowledges that its office, located in Ottawa, is on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation, who continues to care for and sustain the land on which we have the privilege of working.
We honour all Indigenous Peoples and their valuable past, present, and future contributions to this land.
The MCC is the only organization in Canada that provides independent, objective assessments to ensure all practising physicians in Canada have the skills, knowledge, and professional behaviours required to meet the highest standards of patient safety.
The Canadian Standard, of which the MCC examinations are an integral part, is similar to the models of other professional disciplines, in which standard requirements must be met to receive a license. By providing key examinations and assessments of physician competence on the pathway to licensure in Canada, the MCC helps ensure the high level of medical care found in Canada.
The MCC collaborates with partners, including medical regulatory authorities and medical schools across Canada, to ensure that our examinations are rigorous, defensible, and address the evolving health care environment in support of safe care for people across Canada. The MCC also ensures that physicians who are trained outside of Canada and wish to practice here meet the required standards.
Annually, the MCC:
The MCC is also an expert at verifying and securely storing medical credentials and offers candidates and physicians a variety of data management services that are required on their path to licensure and beyond. This work includes the maintenance of the National Registry of Physicians, an integrated and centralized source of data on physicians in Canada.
To achieve the highest level of medical care in Canada, the MCC develops, validates, and implements tools and strategies to assess physician competence and maintains a national registry of physicians and their qualifications through their professional careers.
The organization strives to fulfill its role by pursuing the following five strategic themes.
Systemic racism is a public health and safety crisis in Canada. As we aspire to and work toward becoming an anti-racist organization, the MCC acknowledges the perpetual racism that exists in society today and recognizes that racism is a system of unequal opportunities and disadvantages based on a person’s race or ethnicity.
We must take an in-depth look at our organizational shortcomings and make room for change. Some of our actions to proactively stand against racism include:
We can do better, and we will do better as we strive to achieve the highest level of medical care in Canada through excellence in the assessment of physicians.
The NCIME is a partnership between the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the MCC, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The NCIME was created to implement Indigenous-led work streams that will reform Indigenous medical education and contribute to the delivery of culturally safe care. This partnership was designed to ensure Indigenous Peoples’ access to care is high quality, culturally safe, and free of racism, which begins with Indigenous-led systemic change in how medical professionals are instructed and evaluated.