Medical Council of Canada

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Medical Council of Canada
Motto Vigilantia (Vigilance)
Formation 1912
Type Professional association
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Official language
English and French
Executive Director
Dr. M. Ian Bowmer

Medical Council of Canada (MCC) (French: Le Conseil médical du Canada) is an organization that is charged with assessing medical candidates, evaluation of physicians through exams and granting a qualification called Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to those who wish to practice medicine in Canada.

MCC is governed by a 51-member Executive Board of Council, who meets once a year 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.[1]

Beginning April 1912, MCC gave the right to practice throughout Canada, to be admitted to the British Medical Register (BMR) to serve in the medical forces of the army and navy.[2] The practice for registering physicians into the BMR eventually ceased but those who wish to practice in the UK can register themselves with the General Medical Council.

Mission, Goals and Values[edit]

  • Mission:[3]
    • Maintains a national registry of physicians and their qualifications
    • Develops, validates and implements tools and strategies to evaluate physicians’ competence
  • Vision:[3]
    • Striving for the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians
  • Goals:[3]
    • Establish and promote LMCC,[4]
    • Maintain the Canada Medical Register
    • Maintain and liaise with regulatory bodies
    • Initiate and promote innovation, research and development in assessment and evaluation
    • Initiate and promote a national integrated assessment strategy of physicians
    • Be an open, transparent, responsive and accountable organization


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"[5] 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 [5]
$1,645 CDN [6]
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
  • A must for entry into supervised clinical practice in PGY programs[7]
$920 CDN [6]
Qualifying Examination Part II (QE Part II) Candidates who passed QE Part I
  • 3 hours Objective-Structured Clinical Examination
  • Assesses knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for medical licensure in Canada prior to entry into independent clinical practice.[8]
$2,190 CDN [6]

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 12 medical licensing authorities in Canada, and is one of the requirements for the issuance of a license to practice medicine in Canada.[9]


The LMCC is not a license to practice medicine, the issuance of such being a function of the medical regulatory authorities. Instead, being an LMCC is generally a requirement to gain an independent practise license (a license to practise medicine) in Canada.[10]

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 exempted from the LMCC requirement. This is the first step for medical graduates who wish to obtain license to practice prior to applying to their own regulatory body in their home province or territory.[11]


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