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.
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 training programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Catholic Centre for ImmigrantsRenewed Career Transitions for International Medical Doctors and Other Healthcare Professionals
This program helps internationally educated medical graduates 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.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSOCommunication and Cultural Competence (CCC) Project
This project is developing a website which illustrates the Considerations of Legal, Ethical and Organization (CLEO) aspects of the practice of medicine, which are a component of the Medical Council of Canada’s (MCC) evaluating examination. The project is designed to provide web-based medical literacy and educational tools to address the communication needs of international medical graduates who wish to apply to one of Ontario’s programs for entry to medical practice.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
80 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2E2
Phone: (416) 967-2603
Toll free 1-800-268-7096
Fax: (416) 961-3330
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit the Working in Canada website. This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates. To learn about your occupation, visit the website and click the ‘Start’ button on the main page.