Practicing Medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador as an International Medical Graduate.

One of the most sought after provinces in Canada for International Medical Graduates is Newfoundland and Labrador. A know fact is that almost half of physicians in Newfoundland, that is upwards to 45%, in both family medicine and various specialties are International Medical Graduates. As a result, the vibrancy of the province is greatly enhanced, reflected in the cultural and intellectual dynamic of the place they call “The Rock.”
Depending on what Country you’ve completed your medical training Residency, there is a strong chance that you’d be eligible for licensure to practice medicine in the province. As a general rule, the country’s that are readily accepted as meeting the criteria of the College are as follows: The United States, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, The republic of Ireland, and South Africa. That said, there are exceptions throughout Europe and the Middle East.
If you are an international medical graduate, the first step would to gain licensure in the province. And then you have to get your immigration situated. What this entails is determining if you want to work here initially on a work permit, or if you’re committed to staying in Canada, you may want to apply for permanent residency. For more information on the correct immigration path to take, please contact Warren Bonnell, the lead administrator, located in St. John’s at 709.728.0049
Every province has their own criteria for licensure, however the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Newfoundland and Labrador ( CPSNL) it requires that family practice physicians complete the medical council of Canada qualifying exam. Delaying the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) exams can and should be completed within the first five years of practicing in Canada, but it is not necessary if a physician decides to reside permanently in said province. You may also be required to do an English proficiency exam. This province also may require IMG’s to complete a six month training course called CSAT in order to increase their skill set worthy of practice in a Canadian environment. And as for Specialist licensure there are similar criteria that may demand specific certification and post graduate training.

Canada is an exciting and financially rewarding country to practice medicine. That said, it does require effort, dedication and financial commitment to work in this country. However most physicians, whether they are specialists or general practice physicians find it provides them with a new life. For more information on living and working in Canada contact the Lead recruiter in Canada, Warren Bonnell at or 709.728.0049