Canadian Citizenship / Permanent Resident Status Exemption

Policy Category: Registration
Under Review: No
Approved by Council: May 2014
College Contact: Quality Management Division

Downloadable Version(s): Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status Exemption | Guide to Policy for Citizenship Exemption

The College’s registration regulation sets out the requirements which must be met in order for an applicant to be issued a certificate of registration.

If an applicant does not meet the requirements set out in the regulation it may still be possible for an applicant to qualify pursuant to one of the exemption policies.

Please note if you currently hold a certificate of registration in any Canadian jurisdiction except Nunavut you may be eligible for registration in Ontario under new provisions of the Health Professions Procedural Code (the “Code”). Please refer to sections 22.15 to 22.23 of the Code. Please see Legislation and By-Laws for more details.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their past and present conduct indicates that they are mentally competent to practise medicine; will practise with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law; have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in the kind of practice authorized by the certificate and can communicate effectively; and will display an appropriately professional attitude.

In addition to the registration regulation and policies, all applicants will also be subject to other CPSO policies and regulations which apply to current registrants. In particular, the Changing Scope of Practice and Re-entering Practice policies, and the regulation pertaining to the use of specialist titles may have relevance for new applicants. All applicants will also be subject to the College’s expectations with respect to continuing professional development.

All applicants may choose to proceed through any other applicable registration policy. In such instances, the provisions in this policy will not apply.


Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status Exemption

Requirement For Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Status Exemption

The standards and qualifications for the issuance of a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice, set out in Section 3 of Ontario Regulation 865/93, stipulate that the applicant must have:

  1. A degree in medicine.
  2. Successfully completed Part 1 and Part 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination.
  3. Completed a clerkship at an accredited medical school in Canada; or one year of postgraduate medical education at an accredited medical school in Canada; or one year of active medical practice in Canada.
  4. Certification by examination by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC); and

In addition, Section 2.-(2)(b)(i) stipulates that the applicant must have Canadian citizenship or Permanent resident status before an independent practice certificate of registration can be issued.

This Policy provides an exemption from the requirement for Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status for physicians otherwise fully qualified for an Independent Practice Certificate of Registration.

The Registration Committee may direct the Registrar to issue a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice to applicants who are otherwise qualified for an Independent Practice Certificate of Registration and satisfy the non-exemptible requirements set out in Section 2(1) of Ontario Regulation 865/93.