Find out more about the process to become a practising physician in Canada, including how to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada


Are you thinking about becoming licensed to practise medicine in Canada?

If so, you will need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for full licensure in every province and territory:


  • You must hold:
    • A medical degree from a school identified by a Canada Sponsor Note in the World Directory of Medical Schools; OR
    • A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from a U.S. school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; OR
    • A medical degree from a Canadian or U.S. medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools.
  • You must be a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.
  • You must have completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in allopathic medicine and been evaluated by a recognized authority.
  • You must be certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Collège des médecins du Québec.

    Source: Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada

There are also other routes to licensure in Canada: check with the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory where you would like to practise to review your options.

I am internationally trained. What should I do before coming to Canada?

If you are an international medical graduate or international medical student, there are several steps you can take to begin the process of becoming a practising physician in Canada:

What should I do after I come to Canada?

Depending on your career goals and objectives, you might consider doing the following once you have arrived in Canada: