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Holder of a regular permit to practice in Canada – Accelerated application

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In Quebec, under section 33 of the Medical Act, the issuance of a permit to practice gives the applicant the right to practice medicine in the discipline concerned. The Regulation respecting the terms and conditions for the issuance of the permit and specialist’s certificates by the Collège des médecins du Québec sets out the requirements for the issue of permits and the rules governing access to the medical profession.

However, for a holder of a regular permit and a specialist’s certificate from Canada without any restrictions or limitations, the Regulation respecting the legal authorization to practice the profession of physician outside Québec giving access to the permit and specialist’s certificate of the Collège des médecins du Québec sets out the requirements for the issue of permits.

The holder of a regular permit to practice family medicine issued before 1994 is exempt from the obligation to hold a certificate in family medicine.

In addition, section 35 of the Charter of the French language stipulates that the professional orders shall not issue permits except to persons whose knowledge of the official language is appropriate to the practice of their profession.

Note that under section 37 of the Charter, a “temporary” permit may be issued. See Step 2.

Requirements:
  1. Hold a regular permit to practice in Canada without any restrictions or limitations
  2. Hold a specialist’s certificate issued by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  3. Have participated in the ALDO-Quebec educational activity
  4. Provide proof of French language proficiency
  5. Complete an application for medical registration on physiciansapply.ca
  6. Register on the Roll of the Order: First registration

Note that the CMQ does not intervene at all steps of the process.
The deadlines indicated at certain steps are given as an indication. They can vary significantly depending on the individual background of the candidates.

Steps
  1. Provide the required documents
  2. Satisfy the other requirements – ALDO-Quebec, French language proficiency
  3. Complete an application for medical registration
  4. Register on the Roll of the Order: First registration

The steps are described in detail below.

Step 1 – Provide the required documents

Please see the Documents required page under Application for a regular permit (Practice ready) - Accelerated application – Holder of a regular permit and a specialist’s certificate from Canada. 

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Step 2 - Satisfy the other requirements: ALDO-Quebec, French language proficiency

ALDO-Quebec educational activity

You must have participated in the ALDO-Quebec educational activity on the legal, ethical and organizational aspects of medical practice in Quebec.

French language proficiency

You must provide proof of French language proficiency (this link provides information about the examination, French courses and exemption criteria) or pass the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) examination.

In addition, under section 37 of the Charter a professional order may issue a temporary permit that is valid for one year to people from outside Quebec (M.D. from outside Quebec) who meet the requirements for the issuance of a regular permit to practice, but who do not have a working knowledge of French. This type of permit can be renewed subject to certain conditions.

Note:

As of the end of 1980, as stipulated in section 39 of the Charter, a temporary permit may not be issued to Quebec graduates.

Conditions for renewal of a temporary permit:

A temporary permit (s. 37 of the Charter) may be renewed three times with the OQLF’s authorization. An applicant may not apply for renewal unless they have taken the OQLF examination before their permit expires. In addition, the OQLF will give its authorization only if it considers it warranted by the public interest (letter of support from an employer in Quebec).

Once you have passed the French examination, you may apply to have the temporary permit converted to a regular permit by completing the online form Application to convert a temporary permit through the Collège’s transactional site and paying the required fee: please see the List of fees

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Step 3 – Complete an application for medical registration

To submit an application for a regular permit to practice, from your personal account on the MCC’s physiciansapply.ca site, please select:

  1. Application for medical registration
  2. QC Collège des médecins du Québec
  3. Regular permit – Ready to practice

To find out the application fees, please see physiciansapply.ca services section on the List of fees.

If you wish to receive your permit between June 1 and August 31, you must submit your application no later than May 1.

Acknowledgment of receipt of the application: 24 to 48 hours
Issuance of the permit within 24 to 48 hours when the file is complete (all the required conditions are met)

For information, write to: demandepermis@cmq.org

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Step 4 – Register on the Roll of the Order: First registration

Once you have received your permit to practice and your specialist's certificate (if applicable), you must take out professional liability insurance (in French only) and complete your first registration on the Roll of the Order. To do so, you must complete the online form First registration on the Roll of the Order on the Collège's secure site.

The Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) will be informed that you have registered on the Roll of the Order and your practice start date will be the date that you registered on the Roll.

To contact the Roll of the Order, write to: tableau@cmq.org.

Processing of the first registration on the Roll of the Order and transmission to the RAMQ on the business day following receipt of the completed form

For information about your RAMQ file, please call: 1 800 463-4776.

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In case of dissatisfaction

You can file a complaint if you are dissatisfied or have difficulty in obtaining a permit or becoming a member of the Order.

An independent governmental body is available to you: the Commissioner for Admission to Professions. The commissioner receives and examines all complaints concerning admission to professions: 

  • for any process or stage of admission;
  • against any person or organization involved (the College or a third party).
Last update: October 7, 2021