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, 2024, 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. NEWFOUNDLAND: Applicants who graduated from a medical school in Canada or the United States where English is the language of instruction are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency. Canadian medical graduates from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream), or graduates from the United States where English was not the language of instruction, are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements. Exams must be completed within 24 months of the residency start date.
  2. NOVA SCOTIA: Proof of English proficiency is not required for Canadian Medical Graduates. For full English requirements please visit https://cpsns.ns.ca/resource/english-language-proficiency/
  3. ONTARIO: Applicants must be able to communicate proficiently in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school and training site.
  4. MANITOBA: If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada, French Stream in Ottawa or Quebec or the United States, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.
  5. SASKATCHEWAN: CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education at an English medical school in Canada or the United States are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency. Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements.
  6. BRITISH COLUMBIA: If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada (including McGill) or the United States, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency. Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English language proficiency requirements.
  7. ALBERTA: Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec, New Brunswick, or the University of Ottawa (French stream) where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements. Candidates must complete the academic version of the required/applicable English Language Proficiency test within 24 months of the start date.

Language proficiency documents must be valid by (not expired) up to July 1, 2024 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

***** TOEFL IBT: must have minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section. The TOEFL iBT Home Edition will be accepted as a substitute for the TOEFL iBT.

  1. NEWFOUNDLAND: IMGs that are currently practicing in Canada as a family physician or Royal College specialist must have CFPC or RCPSC certification, and are providing the majority of their patient care in English, may be exempt from providing up-to-date language proficiency testing. Any applicant in this situation should write to pgme@mun.ca in advance of the application deadline, to determine they meet this criteria for exemption. Applicants currently in a clinical fellowship program are not exempted. Exams must be completed within 24 months of the residency start date.  Other secondary/post-secondary education in English, and medical elective rotations/experiences in English, will not satisfy the language proficiency requirements.IMGs who completed both their basic medical education and patient care experience in one of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of proficiency: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands (United Kingdom), Virgin Islands (United States).
  2. NOVA SCOTIA: Proof of language is not required for applicants who received their undergraduate medical education 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, U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago.
  3. MANITOBA: Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing if their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the below 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
  4. SASKATCHEWAN: IMGs are not required to provide a language exam if their medical education was obtained in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Kitts & Nevis, Lucia, Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  5. ALBERTA: Candidates must complete the academic version of the required/applicable English Language Proficiency test within 24 months of their start date. Refer to the CPSA’s English language proficiency requirements for information on any exemptions.

*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. NEWFOUNDLAND: Applicants who graduated from a medical school in Canada or the United States where English is the language of instruction are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency. Canadian medical graduates from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream), or graduates from the United States where English was not the language of instruction, are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements. Exams must be completed within 24 months of the residency start date.
  2. NOVA SCOTIA: Proof of English proficiency is not required for Canadian Medical Graduates. For full English requirements please visit https://cpsns.ns.ca/resource/english-language-proficiency/
  3. ONTARIO: Applicants must be able to communicate proficiently in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school and training site.
  4. MANITOBA: If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada, French Stream in Ottawa or Quebec or the United States, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.
  5. SASKATCHEWAN: CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education at an English medical school in Canada or the United States are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency. Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements.
  6. BRITISH COLUMBIA: If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada (including McGill) or the United States, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency. Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English language proficiency requirements.
  7. ALBERTA: Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec, New Brunswick, or the University of Ottawa (French stream) where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements. Candidates must complete the academic version of the required/applicable English Language Proficiency test within 24 months of the start date.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMG)

Language proficiency documents must be valid by (not expired) up to July 1, 2024 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

***** TOEFL IBT: must have minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section. The TOEFL iBT Home Edition will be accepted as a substitute for the TOEFL iBT.

  1. NEWFOUNDLAND: IMGs that are currently practicing in Canada as a family physician or Royal College specialist must have CFPC or RCPSC certification, and are providing the majority of their patient care in English, may be exempt from providing up-to-date language proficiency testing. Any applicant in this situation should write to pgme@mun.ca in advance of the application deadline, to determine they meet this criteria for exemption. Applicants currently in a clinical fellowship program are not exempted. Exams must be completed within 24 months of the residency start date.  Other secondary/post-secondary education in English, and medical elective rotations/experiences in English, will not satisfy the language proficiency requirements.IMGs who completed both their basic medical education and patient care experience in one of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of proficiency: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands (United Kingdom), Virgin Islands (United States).
  2. NOVA SCOTIA: Proof of language is not required for applicants who received their undergraduate medical education 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, U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago.
  3. MANITOBA: Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing if their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the below 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
  4. SASKATCHEWAN: IMGs are not required to provide a language exam if their medical education was obtained in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Kitts & Nevis, Lucia, Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  5. ALBERTA: Candidates must complete the academic version of the required/applicable English Language Proficiency test within 24 months of their start date. Refer to the CPSA’s English language proficiency requirements for information on any exemptions.

Helpful links

 
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

*QUEBEC: Visa students and U.S citizens are eligible only if they are already studying in Quebec with a student permit.

** ONTARIO: Must be accompanied by a Canadian government-issued photo ID.

*** BRITISH COLUMBIA: Proof of citizenship must be submitted by the program rank order list deadline

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