FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We focus on you and your needs first. We know that taking on a new role within Canada, or potentially moving here from another country is a big deal. We are committed to listening to you and your particular needs, your family requirements, and personal preferences, working diligently to secure you the right opportunity. We are here to provide expert guidance, advice and support throughout the entire recruitment process and to be available for you 24/7.
We are an entirely free service to you, and we work hard to secure you the right position. In return, we appreciate you working exclusively with us throughout the process.
We know you are busy, so we help to direct and guide you in a step-by-step manner, so it doesn’t seem like one big daunting task that you don’t know where to start or how to efficiently go through the process to completion. The medical system in Canada is not standardised across the country, and each province has differences in their licensing processes and requirements. That’s where our expertise comes in. From where to submit documents, licence type you are applying for, when to apply to the various colleges, what to do before and after you apply, when to apply for work permits, financial planning and moving advice. We happily assist with it all.
Yes! Whether you are looking for a locum, short, medium or long-term position, within the same province or in another province; we can help. Let our knowledge, contacts, relationships, and personal service work for you!
We are happy to say that we have positions available across Canada, in cities, towns, and rural communities. Enquire to find out which roles and locations would be most suitable for your career pursuits, family and lifestyle.
Physicians in Canada are compensated well in general, and there are many factors that can determine a Physician’s earnings including specialty, scope of practice, compensation model, working hours, and can include incentives, benefits, and bonuses. Anywhere from $250,000 to $800,000+ is a general guideline to earning potential.
Any length position is possible in Canada depending on the location and your license type.
They are mostly privately owned, and essentially you are running your own business from within the clinic. The set up in Canada is that Physicians are a service provider and an independent contractor.
Postgraduate training from the UK, Ireland, Australia, USA are the jurisdictions recognised by The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
The average cost to become licenced in Canada for a Family Physician IMG is around $5,000. This amount will vary depending on document translation requirements, province, and additional requirements on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind that as you go through the process, different fees will apply at different stages. So the cost will not be in one lump sum, but rather in increments over the course of the process.
Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States are the jurisdictions recognised by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
The average cost to become licenced in Canada for a Specialist IMG is around $9,000. This amount will vary depending on document translation requirements, province, and additional requirements on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind that as you go through the process, different fees will apply at different stages. So the cost will not be in one lump sum, but rather in increments over the course of the process.
For Family Physicians and Specialists, no exams are required at the national level when confirming your eligibility with the College of Family Physicians of Canada for GPs or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Specialists. Once you apply for licensure at the provincial level, some will require the MCCQE1 as part of their application process, others will not. We are happy to discuss further with you.
Generally speaking, if your undergraduate medical education or postgraduate medical education program was in a country where English is a first and native language, you are exempt from taking the English Language Proficiency Testing. Each province will have its own variation of this requirement, and we encourage you to contact us for specific provincial information.
Yes. Some exam fees are a deductible credit on your income tax, which reduces the amount of tax you pay for that year. Each governing body that requires examinations will have accessible information and receipts for this. This is the guideline from the Canadian government website regarding tax credits https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/technical-information/income-tax/income-tax-folios-index/series-1-individuals/folio-2-students/income-tax-folio-s1-f2-c2-tuition-tax-credit.html#N1090E
Canada has federal and provincial tax. For current taxation rates, please check the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/frequently-asked-questions-individuals/canadian-income-tax-rates-individuals-current-previous-years.html
From start to finish, the licensure process will take around 9-12 months. This is the general timeline of the licensure process.
We understand that you may be interested in coming to Canada but might not be ready to move quite yet. In this case, give us a call to discuss and we will help you proceed when you are ready. We will keep in contact with yourself and stay up to date with your timeline, and at the same time, provide guidance on steps of the process that can be completed as we go along. This way you are not applying too early, and have the chance of application requirements expiring, or too late and missing key timings to get you here at your preferred time.
We highly discourage this route. The process can be lengthy. Now that you are able to get a work permit at the border (as long as you have a job offer and the LMIA), you don’t need to apply for PR before you arrive. This allows you to arrive, start work, and apply for PR at the same time, and not worry about waiting for PR to come through before you start your career in Canada.
Yes, we are! Once a job has been accepted, we will assist throughout and also have access to a fantastic immigration specialist who we can put you in contact with if required.
Allow 4-6 months once a job has been accepted to complete the licensure and work permit processes so you can arrive and start work. Some provinces have a much faster process currently. Inquire with us!
The Canadian Medical Association is a good resource for information on this topic, and many other topics related to the medical profession. There are many considerations that will affect your business structure. Sole proprietor or professional corporation, individual, and family needs all influence the timing and nature of your investment decisions when looking at the life cycle of your professional life and your business. Our dedicated colleague James Weir, a Certified Professional Accountant who specialises in assisting Physicians, will be happy to discuss further with you.
Physicians for You appreciates what a big step this is for you and your family and we do everything we can to provide excellent information for you and your family to make the right location decision, including information on schools. It is quite common for us to assist with partners work as well.
The best kept secret about Canada is that we have wonderfully warm summers. Winters can be quite cold and snowy, but summers in Canada are equally as warm and sunny with 20-35 degree average heat from April to September. We truly get all four seasons each year.