Medical Council of Canada

Source Verification

Source verification

Before you can share your international medical credentials with Canadian Medical Regulatory Authorities and other organizations, you must first submit your documents for source verification by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) to ensure they are authentic. Any medical credentials you submit for source verification are automatically added to your portfolio in the MCC Physician Credentials Repository.

See the Requirements for submitting electronic documents page for instructions on how to submit documents by email.

If your credentials are in a language other than English or French, you will need to have them translated. Refer to the Translation of your documents page for more information. 


The kinds of medical credentials that can be submitted

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) accepts the following international (i.e., non-Canadian) medical credentials:

  • Medical degree or diploma
  • Medical degree transcript
  • Internship
  • Postgraduate training
  • Specialty certificate
  • Medical licence or registration

See the Medical credentials page for detailed definitions of each type of medical credential.

The following documents will not be accepted by the MCC:

  • Canadian medical credentials
  • Letters of employment or work experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certificate or letters of ongoing training
  • Language training document
  • Statement of examination results
  • Curriculum vitae

You should also visit our acceptable identification documents page along with the website of the appropriate medical organization for the latest information about its specific source verification requirements. This will help you determine which documents you will need to submit to the MCC for source verification.


How to submit a Source Verification Request (SVR)

  1. Log into your account. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one.
  2. Click Source Verification Requests on the left panel.
  3. Click Create a new SVR in the centre panel and follow the instructions on each page.
  4. Send copies of your medical credentials (including all required supporting documents and attachments, such as cover sheets) to the MCC as instructed.


  • Do not send your original documents to the MCC. Your documents will not be returned to you, so it is important that you send copies only.
  • If you send a document without a completed and paid SVR, it will be securely shredded 30 days after the date you started the SVR process.
  • You will need to create a new SVR for each medical credential you want to have source verified by the MCC. A fee is charged for each document you submit for source verification.


What happens after submitting your SVR

As we have been receiving a higher than normal volume of source verification requests, our timelines are much longer than usual. Files are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and this includes resubmitted documents. We are committed to addressing these longer timelines and we are actively working towards improving the document processing times.
Decorative image: Step 1 Document packages are opened within one week of being received by the MCC. A message will be sent to your account telling you that we have successfully received your documents.
Decorative image: Step 2 Your documents are added into your account. A message will be sent to your account telling you your documents are now viewable. 
Decorative image: Step 3

Your documents are reviewed by MCC staff. You will be contacted through your account if there are any problems with your documents.

  • If no errors are found, your documents are sent to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), a member of Intealth, for further review
  • If errors are identified in your documents, you may be asked to submit new ones. Resubmitted documents will follow the same process as Step 1.


Document statuses

You can check the status of the medical credential documents you have submitted to the MCC for source verification by clicking Documents on your account homepage and selecting a specific document.