The Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is granted by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and is part of the requirements set by the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities (MRAs) to be granted license to practice medicine in their respective jurisdictions.
Physicians whose names are included in the Canadian Medical Register are known as Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) or Licenciés du Conseil médical du Canada (LCMC).
A physician who meets the following requirements is enrolled in the Canadian Medical Register as an LMCC and receives a Certificate of Registration (a wallet-size plastic card). This certificate serves as official proof of registration. If the original Certificate of Registration is submitted to an MRA or other agency, it should be recovered by the owner for further use as required. A Testamur is also provided, which is intended for display purposes rather than as official proof of registration and is suitable for framing.
As of June 29, 2021, to be eligible for inclusion in the Canadian Medical Register a graduate in medicine must meet the following requirements:
Alternatively, to be eligible for inclusion in the Canadian Medical Register, a graduate in medicine can submit evidence of at least 12 months of clinical medical postgraduate training deemed acceptable by the executive director and CEO of the MCC and have successfully completed:
The MCC collaborated on a joint clinical assessment with the CFPC. This assessment, the Clinical Skills Component (CSC), was offered as part of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine from 2013 to 2015. It included both Objective Structure Clinical Examination stations and Simulated Office Orals.
While both organizations no longer offer a joint assessment, CSC results remain valid and comparable to the MCCQE Part II results. Candidates who passed were awarded the LMCC.
All candidates who took the CSC received a Statement of Results from MCC that included the candidate’s final result (e.g., pass/fail), total score and the MCC pass score. Scores were reported on a standard-score scale that ranged from 50 to 950.
Prior to the cancellation of the MCCQE Part II in 2021, family medicine residents had to take the MCCQE Part II separately from the Certification Examination in Family Medicine to obtain their LMCC.
The MCC confirms successful completion of 12 months PGT directly with the Canadian universities; therefore, candidates are not required to create a source verification request (SVR) and submit written proof of their postgraduate training completed in Canada.
Note: The MCC reserves the right to request additional confirmation from the university and/or from the candidate if required.
Before applying to the LMCC, your medical degree and an acceptable document that confirms the successful completion of 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training must be source-verified.
For candidates who have successfully completed 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training outside Canada or the United States postgraduate clinical osteopathic training, the proof-of-training document must:
The document will be reviewed after you submit your request for the LMCC to determine whether eligibility requirements have been met.
A copy of your specialty certificate from one of the following is acceptable as proof of postgraduate training:
Postgraduate clinical medical training, such as a compulsory rotating internship that is completed before the final medical degree diploma is awarded, may qualify for eligibility for the award of the LMCC.
All candidates whose only postgraduate training falls into this category, must submit both:
Timing will depend on whether your postgraduate training information needs to be reviewed. Source-verified credentials must be thoroughly reviewed to confirm that you have met the postgraduate training and other eligibility requirements for the LMCC.
After your application is approved, allow 6 to 8 weeks for the hard copy of your LMCC documentation to be mailed by the MCC.
In addition to your LMCC documentation, which will be sent by mail or courier to you, you will also be able to access your LMCC number in your physiciansapply.ca account.
How to view your LMCC number:
There is no electronic copy of your LMCC and it will not appear under Documents in your physiciansapply.ca account.
Once your LMCC has been issued, your name will appear in the Canadian Medical Register, which all MRAs will have access to.
In addition, if you are already sharing documents with an MRA, such as your MCCQE Part I Statement of Results or medical credentials, that MRA will also be able to see your LMCC number.
Any person who has been refused registration in the Canadian Medical Register may appeal such refusal to the MCC’s Appeals Committee, except if the refusal to grant registration is due to a failure to pay the LMCC application fee or any outstanding fees payable to the MCC, in which case the decision to refuse registration is final and not subject to appeal. The Executive Director and CEO may remove or correct any entry in the Canadian Medical Register upon the grounds of irregular behaviour, professional misconduct, fraud, conviction for an indictable criminal offence, failure to pay any outstanding fees payable to the MCC, or a mistake. Any person whose name has been removed from the Canadian Medical Register may appeal to the Appeals Committee for restoration of the name of the person to the register.
On receipt of any appeal from a person who has been refused registration in the Canadian Medical Register or whose name has been removed from the register on the grounds of irregular behaviour, professional misconduct, fraud, or a mistake, the office of the Executive Director and CEO shall submit the appeal to the Appeals Committee, with any supporting evidence or information in connection therewith.
If a medical graduate meets all the criteria listed above but is subject to a period of prohibition from MCC assessments, the Executive Director and CEO may award that individual the LMCC only after the prohibition period has expired.
Any person who has previously been included in the Canadian Medical Register, and whose name has been removed, may apply to the Executive Director and CEO for restoration of their name to the register. A person who is unsatisfied with the decision of the Executive Director and CEO in this regard may appeal the decision to the Appeals Committee.