How to apply for medical registration

If you want to practise medicine in one of Canada’s 13 provinces or territories, you must first apply for medical registration with the medical regulatory authority (MRA) for that jurisdiction. Applications to some of these MRAs are available through physiciansapply.ca.

Your physiciansapply.ca account gives you a secure, web-based process for applying to one or more MRAs. After logging into your account, simply click Applications for medical registration on the left panel to start the application process. All of your medical credentials, exam results and other information already stored in your account will be prepopulated into your applications, making it quick and easy to apply to several Canadian MRAs.

 There is a fee when applying for medical registration. Click here for more information.

Which MRAs can I apply to through my account?

You can apply to any of the following MRAs through your physiciansapply.ca account:

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

Review the CPSA’s eligibility requirements and complete a Review of Qualifications through your physiciansapply.ca account to get access to the complete application.

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)

Complete CPSNS’s self-assessment before applying.

  • Le Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ)

Consult the documents on the CMQ’s website before applying.

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS)

Review the CPSS’s website and follow the instructions there.

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL)

Visit the CPSNL’s website and follow the instructions there.

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)

Visit the CPSBC’s website and follow the instructions there.

  • The  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island (CPSPEI)

Visit the CPSPEI’s website and follow the instructions there.

  •  The Yukon Medical Council (YMC)

Visit the YMC’s website and follow the instructions there.

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM)

Visit the CPSM’s website and follow the instructions there.

If you want to apply to an MRA not in this list, you will need to contact the MRA for that jurisdiction.Your application will be sent directly from your account to the MRA for review. Please note that each MRA will issue a medical licence or practice permit for its jurisdiction only if you meet its specific eligibility and registration requirements. For this reason, it is very important that you review the links above.

Is every MRA application the same?

No. Some questions are common to several or all jurisdictions, while others are specific to a particular MRA. When you apply through your account, you will need to answer the common questions only once. Your answers to any MRA-specific questions will be seen by only that MRA. In addition, each MRA sees only your application for its jurisdiction and will not know if you applied elsewhere.

Can I use physiciansapply.ca to renew my medical licence or practice permit?

Unfortunately, not. The physiciansapply.ca application process is meant for physicians applying for independent registration for the first time in a given jurisdiction.