Updated April 27, 2020

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match

If you are a new UG admin and would like to register for a CaRMS Online account, find out how in our Help Centre.

You will notice that there are milestones and deadlines listed in this timetable. Milestones are simply recommended dates designed to help you keep your application on track during each phase of the application process. These milestones are not deadlines.

The 2021 R-1 match timeline is currently under review.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Resident Matching Committee (ARMC) is developing a new timeline that will see some milestones and deadlines shifted later in the year to accommodate schedule changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. A revised timeline will be posted once approved.

In the interim, the AFMC Board has made the following decisions regarding the 2021 R-1 match timeline:

  • The Last Day of the Application Period: February 7, 2021
  • The File Review Period: February 8 to March 5, 2021
  • The Virtual Interview Period: March 8 to March 28, 2021
  • The Second Iteration Match Day will be no later than: May 18, 2021
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September 2019

4 September 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET

CaRMS Online opens

All registered applicants, as well as final year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), are sent an email with information on how to log into CaRMS Online and start their application.

Applicants who participated in a previous match that was run on CaRMS Online can log into their CaRMS Online account using their existing username and password to participate in the match. If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

Program descriptions available on CaRMS.ca

Approved program descriptions for all programs that are participating in the R-1 Main Residency Match are now available on CaRMS.ca for applicants to review.

October 2019

17 October 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program selection opens

Applicants may start selecting the programs to which they wish to apply on CaRMS Online and assign requested documents.

30 October 2019

Milestone: transcripts and MSPRs sent by your faculty (CMG applicants only)

If your university is sending a hardcopy of your Medical School Performance Record (MSPR) and transcript to the CaRMS Document Centre, they should arrive by today to guarantee they will be processed into your account before November 20 when programs start reviewing applications.

It is your responsibility to follow university procedures to ensure your medical school transcript and MSPR are sent directly to CaRMS. You can verify whether documents have been received through your Document Tracking section in CaRMS Online.

Note: we will continue to process hardcopy documents that arrive after this date, but, due to the high volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be available in your account before file review begins.

November 2019

1 November 2019 at 17:00 ET

DEADLINE: submission of translation requests

If an applicant would like for their transcript, MSPR or any letters of reference to be translated using our translation service, applicants must make the request through CaRMS Online by today to allow sufficient time for translation before file review begins on November 20. Documents must be available in their CaRMS Online application in order for us to be able to process the translation.

Note: we will continue to process translations that are requested after this date, but, due to the high volume of requests, we cannot guarantee they will be available in the account before file review begins.

14 November 2019

Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers (IMG applicants only)

All MCC examinations and documents should be shared in the physiciansapply.ca transfers section of the application on CaRMS Online by today to ensure your examination scores and documents are retrieved from the MCC before file review begins November 20.

Note: we will continue to process transfer requests after this date, but cannot guarantee scores and documents will be available from the MCC before file review, due to the time required for processing.

20 November 2019

Milestone: letters of reference sent by mail

If your referees are sending hardcopy reference letters by mail, you should ensure they arrive at CaRMS by today to guarantee they will be processed into your CaRMS Online application before letters of reference are available for programs to review on November 27.

Note: we will continue to process letters that arrive after this date, but, due to the volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be scanned into your application before November 27.

20 November 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: application and document assignments

Applications and all required documents (excluding letters of reference) must be assigned to programs by 12:00 (noon) ET today to be considered as being submitted on time.

All applications and documents assignments (excluding letters of reference) completed after today will be time-stamped as late.

Note: some programs will not review late applications or a document that arrives late. We encourage applicants to review program descriptions to ensure programs will review their application if it is submitted after file review has begun.

Staged release of letters of reference: the PGME and UGME Associate Deans of the faculties of medicine of Canada, with CaRMS’ input, have decided to open file review a week earlier than usual to allow more time for programs to review applications. In order to not penalize applicants who have scheduled electives ending in November and are potentially requesting a letter of reference from this elective, letters of reference will not be available for programs to review until the following week. Applicants have until November 27, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET to assign letters of reference to programs.

20 November 2019 at 12:05 ET

File review begins

Programs now have access to all submitted applications and documents (excluding letters of reference). They will review applications and communicate with applicants to schedule interviews.

27 November 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: assignment of letters of reference

Letters of reference must be assigned to programs by 12:00 (noon) ET today for them to be considered on time.

Letters of reference are now available for programs to review.

Programs do not have access to any letters of reference before today. Any letters of reference assigned after noon (ET) today will be time-stamped as late.

January 2020

18 January 2020 - 9 February 2020

National interview period

Interviews for current-year Canadian medical school graduates from out-of-town universities are conducted during this three-week period.

Interviews for international medical graduates and applicants interviewing at their own schools are coordinated separately with no specific national time period.

30 January 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists.

February 2020

19 February 2020 at 15:00 ET

Deadline: rank order lists

Applicants must have their rank order list submitted through CaRMS Online by 15:00 ET. This deadline is firm – no rank order lists can be submitted after this time.

Note: they may modify their submitted list, but must re-submit the list before the deadline.

March 2020

3 March 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET


Match results for the first iteration of the 2020 R-1 Main Residency Match are available through CaRMS Online.

May 2020

13 May 2020 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

This is the last day to access information in your CaRMS Online account for the 2020 R-1 Main Residency Match. You will no longer have access to the information in your application after this date.

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