Job requirements Medical Specialist in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a medical specialist in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Specialist physicians (NOC 3111).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Specialist physicians
  • A bachelor of science degree or In Quebec, completion of a college program and one year of pre-medicine university studies is usually required.
  • Graduation from an approved medical school and specific specialty training are required.
  • Completion of the certifying examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Licensing by the provincial or territorial licensing authority are required.
Specialists in clinical medicine
  • Four to five years of specialty residency training are required.
  • Two years of subspecialty training may also be required.
Specialists in laboratory medicine
  • Four to five years of specialty residency training are required.
Specialists in surgery
  • Five to six years of specialty residency training are required.
  • Two years of subspecialty training may also be required.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
British Columbia Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Manitoba Physician (specialist) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
New Brunswick Physician/surgeon Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated Registrar, Professional Licensing, Department of Health and Social Services
Nova Scotia Physician (specialist) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia Suite 5005 - 7071 Bayers Road (Former Zellers location) Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3L 2C2
Nunavut Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated Registrar, Health Professions, Department of Health, Government of Nunavut
Ontario Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Prince Edward Island Physician (specilaist And Surgeon) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
Québec Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated Collège des médecins du Québec
Saskatchewan Physician (specialist And Surgeon) Regulated College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Yukon Physician (specialist) Regulated Yukon Medical Council, Government of Yukon

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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