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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

Opportunities for International Medical Graduates in Canada


Applicants applying for a license for entry to general practice who are assessed as ineligible may be eligible to enter the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training Program (CSAT) which has been developed by the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Satisfactory completion of the CSAT will fulfill the clinical training requirements and enable you to continue the application process for a provisional license.

For more information: http://www.cpsnl.ca

Nova Scotia

The Clinician Assessment for Practice Program is a program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. It is intended for International Medical Graduate (IMG) physicians who believe they are practice ready for entry into family practice without any additional formal residency training in Canada.

For more information: http://www.capprogram.ca/

New Brunswick

A restricted license is available, in very limited circumstances, for certain foreign-trained physicians for direct employment by a hospital or institution.

For more information: http://www.cpsnb.org...ewBrunswick.htm


Under current rules, doctors with a degree from outside Canada or the United States can practice medicine in the Canadian province of Quebec by obtaining a restrictive permit.

For more information:



In Ontario, IMGs must go through the match with CaRMS (www.carms.ca).

But the Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA)

offers examinations that an IMG applicant can take, that will help boost their application with CaRMS.

For more information visit: http://www.cehpea.ca/


MLPIMG: The Medical Licensure Program for International Medical Graduates (MLPIMG) is a one year training program that will assist foreign trained physicians to obtain medical licensure to practice as primary care physicians in Manitoba.

IMG-ACL: The International Medical Graduate Assessment for Conditional Licensure (IMGACL) is a three month assessment process that will assess practice-ready IMG Physician’s previous training in order to obtain medical licensure to practice as primary care physicians in Manitoba.

For more information: http://umanitoba.ca/...imgp/index.html


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan has developed a new Saskatchewan-based assessment process designed to recruit more foreign-trained physicians to the province. 

SIPPA - Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment 
Email: info@saskdocs.ca 
1-888-415-3627 (in North America) 
306-933-5000 (In Saskatchewan - Canada)


The AIMG Program provides a route to registration for IMGs who are Canadian Citizens residing in Alberta and are not able to obtain registration through other routes.

For more information: http://www.aimg.ca

Also read about the:

Alberta Health Services Physician Preceptorship Program for International Medical Graduates


British Columbia:

The IMG-BC Program expects candidates to have passed standard Canadian medical entry level examinations such as the MCCEE and MCCQE Part 1, as well as being able to communicate effectively in English. Further evaluation will include a 16 station OSCE, followed by an optional 1-week orientation and a 12-week clinical assessment offered to the top 35 candidates.

There are 18 IMG first iteration residency positions 12 in Family Medicine and 6 in Specialties. The positions will be posted on the CaRMS website and will be announced on a yearly basis.

For more information: http://imgbc.med.ubc.ca/

Other provinces or territories in Canada may have similar programs or pathways, so you are encouraged to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the province or territory you are interested in. All the contact info is here: http://www.fmrac.ca/

Please keep in mind that “CaRMS” is the main pathway to obtain a post-graduate (residency) training position in Canada.

For more information about CaRMS: http://www.carms.ca/

But, as we have listed above, there are other paths IMGs can take in order to obtain a license to practice medicine in Canada. 

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