An Action Plan for medical licensure in Canada is a schedule of medical examinations and related activities. It sets out the steps applicants will take in order to meet Canadian certification and licensure requirements in a medical specialty or in family medicine in the province or territory where they will practice medicine.
Applicants must be informed about national certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), the Collège des médecins, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), along with the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). The applicant must be fully informed about standard medical licensure in Canada.
The action plan can be presented as a written letter or a memo in point format. It must include the steps you will take to achieve certification in a specialty, subspecialty or family medicine, and a full/independent medical licence. The action plan does not need to be more than one page. See the "I need help with my Action Plan. Who can I talk to? Section, below.
Refer to the following web sites to prepare your practicable action plan:
Some of the hyperlinks provided are to sites of organizations or other entities that are not subject to the Official Languages Act. The material found there is therefore in the language(s) used by the sites in question.
Preliminary Assessment of Training by the RCPSC. Assessment of specialty training is required to gain access to the RCPSC examinations. All residency training must be assessed by the RCPSC to determine if it meets the Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements. When pursuing a subspecialty, applicants should be aware that additional evaluation by the RCPSC will be required.
If you do not yet have a specialty training position, but you do know the specialty you will be pursuing, create an action plan for that speciality. If you do not know what specialty you will be pursuing, the action plan can be deferred to the following year. In that case, provide a short statement describing your intentions for obtaining a residency position the following year.
The following information is important for applicants (who are residents of Ontario only) to assist them in preparing their action plans for licensure in Ontario.
Physician registration in Ontario may not require the LMCC or RCPSC/CFPC certification. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has registration policies applicable to physicians with training and credentials from certain approved jurisdictions, including the United States. All registration requests submitted under these policies and pathways require review and approval by the College's Registration Committee.
Your action plan must include:
Hint: Key CPSO policies of relevance to physicians in residency training in the US include:
You are required to contact HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency for assistance with preparing your action plan. Advisors offer individualized assistance to physicians through the licensing and certification process. See below "I need help with my Action Plan. Who can I talk to?"
Physician registration in British Columbia may not require the LMCC or RCPSC/CFPC certification. The following information is important for applicants (who are residents of British Columbia only) to assist them in preparing their action plans for licensure in British Columbia.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC), in its bylaws, recognizes the USMLEs as equivalent to the LMCC.
The action plan to obtain physician registration in British Columbia must include:
Residents of Ontario must contact HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency. Contact Information:
Telephone: (866) 535-7779 or 416-862-4755
Facsimile: (416) 862-4819
Residents of British Columbia must contact Ms. Yvonne Attwood at HealthMatchBC. Contact Information:
Telephone: (604) 714-2271
Facsimile: (604) 736-5963
Other applicants can contact the Program Administrator at Health Canada by email firstname.lastname@example.org or facsimile 613 948 8081.