Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2024 match. Updated 2025 provincial criteria will be posted on this page in the upcoming months, once it has been reviewed by the province.

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Language proficiency documents must be valid by (not expired) up to July 1, 2025, unless otherwise indicated below.

*CELPIP: must have minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

**IELTS ACADEMIC: must have minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

***Letter of language proficiency is a letter from your Dean attesting that your medical school program of instruction was completed solely in English or French.

****OET MEDICINE: must have minimum grade of B in each of the four skills in the same sitting

  1. NOVA SCOTIA: Proof of English proficiency is not required for Canadian Medical Graduates.
  2. ONTARIO: Applicants must be able to communicate proficiently in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school and training site.
  3. MANITOBA:
    • If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the United States, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.
    • Candidates who attended medical school in Canada or the United States where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.
    • Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing if the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required.
  4. BRITISH COLUMBIA:
    • Applicants are considered to have met the English Language proficiency requirements if the language of instruction at medical school was English, and the primary language of patient care was English.
    • English Language Proficiency Requirements for graduates of Quebec Medical Schools: Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Language proficiency documents must be valid by (not expired) up to July 1, 2025 unless otherwise indicated below.

*CELPIP: must have minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

**IELTS ACADEMIC: must have minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

***Letter of language proficiency is a letter from your Dean attesting that your medical school program of instruction was completed solely in English or French.

****OET MEDICINE: must have minimum grade of B in each of the four skills in the same sitting

  1. NOVA SCOTIA: All applicants whose first and native language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency. This requirement is fulfilled if you provide proof that:
    • You currently hold an independent medical licence in any province or territory in Canada; OR
    • You received your undergraduate medical education or your postgraduate training in English from one of the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago; OR
    • your postgraduate training did not occur in one of the countries listed above, but it was conducted in English and the primary language for patient care was in English; OR
    • you have achieved one of the above English Language Proficiency test results.
  2. ONTARIO: Applicants must be able to communicate proficiently in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school and training site.
  1. MANITOBA:
    • Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:
      • the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required; OR
      • their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the following countries that have English as a first and native language: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago
  2. BRITISH COLUMBIA: Applicants are considered to have met the English Language proficiency requirements if the language of instruction at medical school was English, AND the primary language of patient care was English. Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI Quebec*** Ontario** Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia*
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Canadian Citizenship Card (Both Sides of Card)
Certificate Of Canadian Citizenship
Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (Both Sides of Card)
Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
Proof of pending Canadian citizenship/pending permanent residency
Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada
Valid Canadian Visa/Permit authorization

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