Medical Council of Canada

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Medical Council of Canada
Medical Council of Canada Logo.svg
MottoVigilantia (Vigilance)
TypeProfessional association
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Official language
English and French
Executive Director
Dr. M. Ian Bowmer

[1]Medical Council of Canada (MCC) (French: Le Conseil médical du Canada) is an organization charged with the assessment of medical candidates and evaluation of physicians through examinations. It grants a qualification called Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to those who wish to practise medicine in Canada.

MCC is governed by a 51-member Executive Board of Council, who meets annually to discuss budgets, policies and assets. The day-to-day operation is carried out by the Executive Director, currently Dr. M. Ian Bowmer.


Founded by the Canada Medical Act in 1912 through the effort of Sir Thomas Roddick, a physician and Member of Parliament, who have been pursuing a standardized licensing scheme in Canada for over 18 years.[2]

Beginning April 1912, MCC gave the right to practise throughout Canada, to be admitted to the British Medical Register (BMR) to serve in the medical forces of the army and navy.[3] The practice for registering physicians into the BMR eventually ceased but those who wish to practise in the UK can register themselves with the General Medical Council.


Exam Candidates Assessment areas Costs
Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) "international medical graduates, international medical students in their final clinical year and U.S. osteopathic physicians"[4] who wish to take the MCCQE Part I & II and further pursue LMCC in Canada.
  • General assessment of the candidate's basic medical knowledge in the principal disciplines of medicine
  • Assesses the skills and knowledge required at the level of a new medical graduate who is about to enter the first year of supervised PGY [4]
$1,737 CDN [5]
Qualifying Examination Part I
(QE Part I)
Canadian medical graduates and those who passed MCCEE
  • Computer-based test
  • Assesses the competence of candidates who have obtained their medical degree
  • 4-hour 210-question multiple choice examination
  • 3.5-hour case-based clinical decision making examination
$1,320 CDN [5]
Qualifying Examination Part II
(QE Part II)
Candidates who passed QE Part I
  • 3-hour Objective-Structured Clinical Examination
  • Assesses knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for medical licensure in Canada prior to entry into independent clinical practice.[6]
  • A controversial examination that is a holdover from the bygone era of general medical practice, as most individuals being tested will not practice in any way resembling the tested scenarios.
$2,490 CDN [5]

A pass standing is required on both the QE Part I and the QE Part II in order to be awarded Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. LMCC is recognized by the twelve medical licensing authorities in Canada, and is one of the requirements for the issuance of a licence to practise medicine in Canada.[7]


Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, commonly abbreviated as LMCC, is a physician that, according to the bylaws of MCC:

Canadian Medical Register[edit]

MCC also maintains the Canadian Medical Register, a list of physicians who have completed or have been exempted from the LMCC requirement. This is the first step for medical graduates who wish to obtain licence to practise prior to applying to their own regulatory body in their home province or territory.[9]


  1. ^ Lougheed, Taylor (2016-03-31). "Is it time to rethink the MCCQE Part II?". Canadian Medical Education Journal. 7 (1): e87–e88. ISSN 1923-1202. PMC 4830377. PMID 27103957.
  2. ^ A brief history of the Medical Council of Canada – 1912 to 2008 Archived 2008-09-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Roddick Gates Honour Canada's Foremost Physician
  4. ^ a b Evaluating Examination
  5. ^ a b c 2013 Examination Fees Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Qualifying Examination Part II Archived 2008-08-17 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad
  8. ^ a b Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ The Process of Becoming a Licensed Medical Doctor in BC Archived 2008-09-14 at the Wayback Machine

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