Ontario Calls for Foreign Medical Graduates to Combat Corona Virus (COVID-19)


Foreign medical graduates now have the chance to apply for a short-term license that may permit them to work in Ontario.


The School of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is permitting candidates who haven’t yet secured a Canadian residency to apply for Supervised Short-term Certificates.

These certificates will permit foreign medical graduates to practice in Ontario for 30 days, with the chance to proceed to work for longer if their short-term license is permitted for renewal.

Foreigners could also be eligible for this chance if they’ve:

  • accomplished a medical diploma from an accredited medical college;
  • practised medicine full-time in the past two years (together with medical school);
  • affirmation of employment from one of the accredited classes of facilities specified by the Medication Act, together with public hospitals; and
  • recognized a supervisor.

As a way to apply, the CPSO requires confirmation of employment straight from the hospital, which may be sent to inquiries@cpso.on.ca.


Certificates have been issued since last month, however, few medical doctors have applied, the Canadian Broadcasting Company reports. Ten out of the 12 medical doctors that applied before April 3, obtained certificates via this program.

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