Updated April 27, 2020

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match

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.

If you have not previously participated in a CaRMS match, you can register here starting December 4, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

You will notice that there are milestones and deadlines listed in this timeline. 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.

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January 2020

6 January 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Access to CaRMS Online for applicants

All registered applicants are sent an email with information on how to log into CaRMS Online and start their application.

Applicants who already have a CaRMS Online account can log in using their existing username and password to participate in the match. If they’ve forgotten their username or password, they can click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

February 2020

13 February 2020

DEADLINE: Submission of translation requests

While we will process any translation requests for MSPRs, transcripts and letters of reference during the second iteration, we cannot guarantee that they will be in your account and ready to assign to programs by the opening of file review on March 19.

March 2020

3 March 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Match participation opens for unmatched first iteration applicants

Unmatched applicants from the first iteration may log into CaRMS Online and participate in the second iteration.

Note: program selection for the second iteration opens on March 5, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

5 March 2020

Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers

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 March 19.

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.

5 March 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program selection period begins

A list of unfilled positions from the first iteration is posted on CaRMS.ca and applicants may start selecting the programs to which they wish to apply.

Program descriptions for all programs participating in the second iteration are available on carms.ca.

13 March 2020

Milestone: transcripts and MSPRs sent by your faculty

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 this date to guarantee they will be processed into your account before March 19 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.

Milestone: letters of reference letters sent by mail

If your referees are sending hardcopy letters of reference 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 March 19.

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 March 19.

19 March 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: Assignment of applications and documents

Your applications and all required documents must be assigned to programs by the opening of file review on March 19 at 12:05 ET to be considered on time.

All applications and documents assigned after this time 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.

19 March 2020 at 12:05 ET

File review period begins

Programs now have access to all submitted applications and documents. They will review applications and communicate with applicants to schedule interviews.

Note: there is no designated national interview period for the second iteration of the R-1 Main Residency Match.

24 March 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists.

April 2020

2 April 2020 at 15:00 ET

DEADLINE: Submission of applicants 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 today.

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

15 April 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET


Match results for the second 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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* Please refer back to this timetable regularly, as dates are subject to change.

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