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Striving to achieve the highest level of medical care in Canada through excellence in the assessment of physicians.
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Land acknowledgement

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) 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.

On the pathway to licensure and beyond

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:

  • Engages close to 30,000 students, graduates, and physicians as part of their pathway towards the practice of medicine in Canada. This includes the assessment of medical students through its qualifying examination in Canada as well as in more than 80 other countries in person and via remote proctoring. 
  • Assesses more than 1,500 internationally trained candidates who wish to enter the Canadian residency program through the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination.
  • Oversees the NAC Practice-Ready Assessment (PRA) program, which acts as an alternative pathway to licensure for international medical graduates.
  • Assesses more than 200 international medical graduates who have applied for the NAC PRA program through the Therapeutics Decision-Making Examination.
  • Supports the professional development of more than 400 practicing physicians through the multi-source feedback MCC 360 program.

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.

Strategic themes

The organization strives to fulfill its role by pursuing the following five strategic themes.

  1. Respond to the changing role of the future physician.
  2. Assess the core competencies of all physicians prior to specialty training and certification.
  3. Assess in-practice physician competency.
  4. Collect, manage, and disseminate information.
  5. Form strategic alliances.


Pledge against racism

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:

  • Working diligently to remove any inaccurate and stigmatizing content from our exams and preparatory products
  • Building trust with Black and Indigenous leaders in health care
  • Providing leadership and support to partners as they fulfill their collective responsibilities to respond to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice through our partnership with the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME)
  • Engaging in thoughtful discussions about how to introduce and address the topic of systemic racism in our examinations and objectives

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.

Organizations the MCC is working with today

Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada

Black Physicians of Canada

The National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education

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.