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International Medical Graduates


What do Graduates need to know?

Providing opportunities for foreign-trained doctors to become licenced is a major component of Ontario's commitment to increasing access to physicians throughout the province.

Entry to Practice Requirements

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the governing body for medical doctors in Ontario, has introduced 4 new pathways to reduce barriers for qualified physicians to obtain registration to practise medicine in the province.

The new pathways will be applicable to the following groups of physicians:

Pathway 1

Physicians with a Canadian medical degree and postgraduate training WITHOUT the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) certification

Pathway 2

International medical graduates (IMGs) with Canadian postgraduate training WITHOUT the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) certification and practising independently in Canada

Pathway 3

Physicians with a Canadian or U.S. medical degree WITH U.S. postgraduate training and certification

Pathway 4

International medical graduates (IMGs) WITH U.S. postgraduate training and certification

Registration and Relocation Advice

The Recruitment and Relocation Department of the HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency provides advice and information to the following groups of physicians who want to relocate and practise in Ontario.

  • Physicians who have completed postgraduate training in the U.S.
  • Physicians who have completed postgraduate training in Canada
  • Physicians who have completed postgraduate training outside Canada or the U.S.

For more information, e-mail info@healthforceontario.ca

If you completed postgraduate training in the United States

There are three options available to you to practise in Ontario:

Option 1
As of December 1, 2012, you may be exempt from some of these requirements. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) if you:

  • Have successfully completed a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
  • Have been certified by a USA Specialty Board.
  • Have successfully completed the US Medical Licensing Examination or successfully completed an acceptable qualifying examination.
  • Hold or are eligible for an independent or full license or certificate of registration to practice without restrictions in the USA or Canada.

Option 2
To qualify for an independent certificate of registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), you must:

  • Have a medical degree from an accredited Canadian or U.S. medical school or from an acceptable medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • Pass Parts 1 and 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations, or an acceptable equivalent.
  • Be certified by examination by either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
  • Have completed one year of post-graduate training or active medical practice in Canada, or have completed a full clinical clerkship at an accredited Canadian medical school.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or hold a permit to work in Canada.

Option 3
In addition, if you are currently practicing in Canada or the United States, you may also qualify for the Registration through Practice Assessment program (RPA).

If you completed postgraduate training outside Canada or the United States

There are two options available to you to practise in Ontario:

Option 1
To qualify for an independent certificate of registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), you must:

  • Have a medical degree from an accredited Canadian or U.S. medical school or from an acceptable medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Pass Parts 1 and 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations, or an acceptable equivalent
  • Be certified by examination by either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
  • Have completed one year of post-graduate training or active medical practice in Canada, or have completed a full clinical clerkship at an accredited Canadian medical school
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or hold a permit to work in Canada.

Option 2 
In addition, if you are currently practicing in Canada or the United States, you may also qualify for the Registration through Practice Assessment program (RPA).