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Physician or Surgeon

Working in Ontario

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario. If you are an internationally trained physician or surgeon and you want to practise in Ontario, you can learn more about programs for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in the ‘Regulatory Body’ section of this page.

Tools and Information

Programs for International Medical Graduates

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made it easier for foreign-trained doctors to practise medicine in Ontario. In 2004, the ministry more than doubled the number of assessment and training positions available to international medical graduates annually from 90 to 200. To learn about the application process, visit the International Medical Graduates section of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.

Career Transitions for International Medical Doctors is a central resource for health sector employers and for international medical doctors, also referred to as international medical graduates, who wish to pursue an alternative career in health care.

Getting Help


HealthForceOntario offers a number of services to health professionals, including a recruitment centre and jobs listing service.

Entry to practice requirements: You can find information on how you can practise as a regulated physician in Ontario on HealthForceOntario.

Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.

Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Career Transitions for International Medical Doctors

This program helps internationally educated medical graduates and other healthcare professionals explore employment options in the non-regulated alternative healthcare sector. The program includes workshops on transferable skills and healthcare sector orientation. It also provides occupation-specific language education, workplace culture and communications training, and employment opportunities.

Contact: Arber Zaplluzha, Program Manager
Telephone: 613-232-9634 ext. 418
Location: Ottawa

Regulatory Body

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
80 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2E2
Telephone: 416-967-2603
Toll free 1-800-268-7096
Fax: (416) 961-3330

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