Summary of intake criteria for IMGs

Updated May 17, 2017

Province First iteration Positions Return of service Second iteration Positions Return of service Previous creditable PG training* Graduate with independent (restricted or unrestricted) licensure
Newfoundland

Yes

P

Yes

Yes

C

Yes2

2nd

2nd

Nova Scotia

Yes

P

Yes

Yes

C

Yes2

2nd8

2nd

Québec

Yes1

C

No

Yes1

C

No

Not eligible

Not eligible

Ontario

Yes4

P

Yes

Yes4

C

Yes

2nd7

Not eligible

Manitoba

Yes

P

Yes

Yes

C

Yes

2nd

2nd

Saskatchewan

Yes

P

Yes

Yes

C

Yes5

2nd

Alberta

Yes3

P

No

Yes3

C3

No

Not eligible

Not eligible

British Columbia

Yes6

P

Yes

Yes

C

Yes2

2nd

2nd

*Preliminary training in the US is considered accredited postgraduate training for the purposes of R-1 match first iteration eligibility. Applicants with previous preliminary training in the US are therefore not eligible to participate in the first iteration.

  1. Must be pre-approved by la Conférence des vice-doyens aux études postdoctorales des facultés de médecine du Québec;
  2. Return of service for individuals matched to positions in IMG stream only (i.e., CMGs or IMGs who are matched to a position in the IMG stream in the second iteration will have a return of service attached).
    It should also be noted that IMGs matched to a position in the CMG stream in the second iteration will not have a return of service attached.
  3. IMG applicants must first be assessed by the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMG Program). Please see the Alberta provincial criteria for information regarding the second iteration.
  4. IMGs holding return of service (ROS) obligations must disclose at time of application. IMGs who have undischarged ROS obligations may not be eligible to begin Ministry-funded training positions in Ontario. Such individuals may wish to contact the Ministry for further information.
  5. All IMG stream positions in first iteration have a return of service attached. Vacant positions in the IMG stream in the second iteration, except Family Medicine, are available only to IMGs and have a return of service attached.
    Vacant positions in the CMG stream in 2nd iteration are open to CMGs and IMGs.
    Family Medicine positions are open to both CMGs and IMGs in the second iteration. IMGs who match to Family Medicine positions in second iteration will be required to sign a return of service agreement.
  6. All international medical graduates (IMGs) applying for first and second iteration CaRMS positions in British Columbia will be required to provide passing scores for both the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination. NEW FOR 2018 Match:  Participation in the UBC Clinical Assessment Program (CAP) is mandatory for all IMG’s applying through CaRMS for first-year residency positions in the 2018 match.  Please see the IMG-BC webpage for information about the program and how to apply:  http://imgbc.med.ubc.ca/resource/clinical-assessment/. NOTE: CaRMS cannot advise on ROS contracts. All decisions for ROS contracts are made between the applicant and province to which they match, and are outside of the purview of CaRMS. We recommend that you refer to the provincial criteria for more information about the ROS contract.
  7. See second iteration eligibility.
  8. Entrance to training program will be at a PGY1 level. Credit for training may be requested through the PGME and program process, but is not guaranteed.

P (parallel): IMGs apply to a separate stream of positions than Canadian graduates in one or more disciplines.
C (competitive): IMGs apply to the same positions as Canadian graduates in all disciplines.