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Seeking a licence to practice medicine in Ontario? Our Applications and Credentials Department handles the registration process

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The CPSO issues certificates of registration to physicians, allowing them to practise medicine in Ontario. All practising doctors in the province must be members of the College. When you seek licensure, our staff assesses your application to ensure you’ve met all credentialing requirements. 

Ready to apply? See our Applications and Forms page to get started.

We must verify your qualifications and documents via the source organization. We rely on you completing the appropriate forms and getting source organizations to send us certificates they have issued you.

In exceptional cases where war, civil disruption or natural disaster in an applicant's home country renders primary-source verification impracticable, the College may, on an individual basis, defer the primary-source verification or substitute other steps in place of primary-source verification of the qualification or document in question.

All applicants must also demonstrate their past and present conduct indicates they will practise medicine with mental, moral and medical competence. They must have effective communication skills and an appropriate professional attitude (Section 2(1) of the Registration regulation).

Questions may arise during the application process about an applicant’s conduct, capacity or competence. We refer these applications to our registration committee. Examples of issues include substance abuse, mental illness and misconduct.


Practice limitations

Ontario does not have a "defined" registration certificate, which would circumscribe a person's right to practise into areas similar to a hospital's procedures list. However, doctors are required to limit their practices to those areas where they are suitably "educated and experienced" (Section 2(5) of the Registration regulation).


How do I access documents associated with my application?

You can send a written request to our Inquiries, Applications and Credentials Department. Please specify which documents you wish us to copy from your application file. Allow 10 to 15 business days for processing your request.

Certain restrictions apply to the documents we can provide. Please give us a call for more information.


What about false or misleading representations?

Section 2(4) of the regulation stipulates that an applicant “who makes any false or misleading representation or declaration on or in connection with an application, by commission or omission, shall be deemed thereafter not to have, and not to have had, the standards and qualifications for a certificate of any class.” Accordingly, if an applicant lies, then they may lose their certificate of registration. In addition, there is a fine of $10,000 under the Health Professions Procedural Code (subsection 92(1) and (2)) for knowingly making false representation or knowingly assisting a person to do so.



Please email our Inquiries staff, or call 416-967-2617 or 1-800-268-7096, ext. 617.