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.

 

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 acceptable 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 physiciansapply.ca 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.

Notes:

  • Do not send your original documents to the MCC. Your documents will not be returned to you, so it is important that you send regular (i.e., not certified) photocopies 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.

 

If your medical credentials are in a language other than English or French

Documents not in English or French must be translated into English or French by the MCC translation service only. All other translations, including translations prepared by universities, will not be accepted. Your credentials do not need to be translated if the text is in both the original language and English or French.

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.

 

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 physiciansapply.ca account homepage and selecting a specific document.

What happens after submitting your SVR

Infographic on What happens after submitting your SVR: Step 1 - Document packages received by the MCC

 

1.  Document packages are opened within one week of being received by the MCC. A message will be sent to your physiciansapply.ca account telling you that we have successfully received your documents.


Infographic on What happens after submitting your SVR: Step 2 - Document gets added in your account within one week, if translation is requested, can take up to 2 weeks


2.  Your documents are added into your account. This step can take up to one week to complete. A message will be sent to your physiciansapply.ca account telling you your documents are now viewable. If you requested a translation of your documents, it can take approximately two weeks to have your documents translated. A message will be sent to your account once your translation is complete.


Infographic on What happens after submitting your SVR: Step 3 - Documents are reviewed by MCC staff


3.  Your documents are reviewed by MCC staff. This step can take up to two weeks. You will be contacted through your physiciansapply.ca 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) 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.

Click here for more information on what happens after your documents are sent to the ECFMG.

Once verified by the MCC and the ECFMG, your credentials will be stored in the MCC Physician Credentials Repository. You can access these documents at any time through your physiciansapply.ca account to share them with the Medical Regulatory Authorities and other organizations registered with the MCC.