Updated August 7, 2020

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match

If you have not previously participated in a CaRMS match, you can register starting July 8, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

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.

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November 2020

2 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Access to CaRMS Online

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.

23 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program descriptions published on carms.ca

Approved program descriptions for all programs that are participating in the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match are now available on carms.ca for applicants to review.

January 2021

5 January 2021 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.

13 January 2021 at 17:00 ET

DEADLINE: submission of translation requests for letters of reference

If you would like for your letters of reference to be translated using our translation service, you must make the request through CaRMS Online by today to allow sufficient time for translation before file review begins on February 8, 2021. Documents must be available in your CaRMS Online application in order for us to be able to process the translation.

All requests for the translation of reference letters submitted before the deadline are guaranteed to be completed and uploaded into your CaRMS Online account before the unmasking of reference letters on February 8, 2021.

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 your account before file review begins.

18 January 2021

DEADLINE: Transcript and MSPRs sent by your faculty (Bilingual applicants requiring CaRMS translation)

If your university is sending your Medical School Performance Record (MSPR) and medical school transcript to the CaRMS Documents Centre, and you wish for these documents to be translated via the CaRMS translation service, they should arrive by this date to ensure they are uploaded into your account before the Translation request deadline on January 20, 2021 at 17:00 ET. You can verify whether the documents have been received through the Document Tracking section in CaRMS Online.

Note: It is your responsibility to advise your UG office that you require these documents be sent to CaRMS by this date so that you may request translation. We will continue to process translation requests after the deadline, however we cannot guarantee that requests made after the deadline will be completed before the opening of the file review period. 

20 January 2021 at 17:00 ET

DEADLINE: submission of translation requests for transcripts and MSPRs

If you would like for your transcripts and MSPRs to be translated using our translation service, you must make the request through CaRMS Online by today to allow sufficient time for translation before file review begins on February 8, 2021. Documents must be available in your CaRMS Online application in order for us to be able to process the translation.

All requests for the translation of MSPRs and medical transcripts submitted before the deadline are guaranteed to be completed and uploaded into your CaRMS Online account before the opening of the file review period on February 8, 2021.

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 your account before file review begins.

25 January 2021

DEADLINE: Transcript and MSPRs sent by your faculty (NOT requiring translation)

If your university is sending your Medical School Performance Record (MSPR) and transcript to the CaRMS Document Centre, they should arrive by today to guarantee they will be uploaded into your account before the beginning of the file review period on February 8, 2021. You can verify whether documents have been received through your Document Tracking section in CaRMS Online.

It is your responsibility to follow university procedures to ensure your medical school transcript and MSPR are sent directly to CaRMS.

Note: we will continue to upload 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.

February 2021

2 February 2021

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

All your MCC examinations and documents should be shared in the physiciansapply.ca transfers section of your application on CaRMS Online by today to ensure your examination scores and documents are retrieved from the MCC before file review begins on February 8, 2021.

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.

7 February 2021

Deadline: Submitted letter of reference

Referees are to submit a letter of reference through the CaRMS Online Referee portal, ensure they are submitted by this date to give applicants enough time to assign to programs in CaRMS Online before letters of reference are available for programs to review.

8 February 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: Assignment of applications and documents

Your applications and all required documents (including 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 assigned after 12:00 (noon) ET today will be time-stamped as late.

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

8 February 2021 at 12:05 ET

File review period begins

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

March 2021

3 March 2021

DEADLINE: Interview Status updates in CaRMS Online (Prior to sending interview invitations)

Programs are to complete all initial interview status updates in CaRMS Online by this date. Official interview invitations will be distributed within five days of the update to CaRMS Online.

8 March 2021 - 28 March 2021

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.

All 2021 R-1 match interviews will be in a virtual format, as per the decision of the AFMC Resident Matching Committee (ARMC).

15 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists.

April 2021

8 April 2021 at 15:00 ET

DEADLINE : Submission of applicant rank order list

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: you may modify your submitted list, but you must re-submit the list before the deadline.

20 April 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

MATCH DAY

Match results for the first iteration of the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match are available through CaRMS Online.

June 2021

10 June 2021 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

This is the last day to access information in your CaRMS Online account for the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match. You will no longer have access to the information in your application after this date.

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* Please refer back to this timetable regularly, as dates are subject to change.

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