Resources for physicians new to BC

License and Certification Exam Requirements

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC 
Complete and up-to-date details on license eligibility and requirements for international medical graduates. 

College of Family Physicians of Canada
"Alternative Pathways" - Details on Canadian certification for family physicians who have trained abroad

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Information on Canadian certification for all other specialties that have trained abroad



Welcome to BC!

Click on each heading to reveal some useful resources as you transition to practice in BC.

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Last updated: June 13, 2019

Moving to Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Information for new immigrants to Canada.

Social Insurance Number

All members of the family will need to apply and receive a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card so that they can seek employment, open a bank account, establish an education savings program, or file an income tax return.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

The CRA administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, including various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

Find homes for sale or rent anywhere across Canada

Moving to BC


WelcomeBC helps newcomers find the information, tools and resources that they need on immigration, settlement and immigration-related labour market services.

Medical Services Plan (MSP) and BC PharmaCare

Provides coverage for medically required services for BC Residents

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

Find out how to get your BC driver's license

Education in BC

Information for those with families enrolling their kids in school

Health Match BC

A comprehensive, no-fee, health care recruitment service for the province of British Columbia.

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

Offers accelerated immigration for qualified skilled workers and experienced entrepreneurs who wish to settle in BC and become permanent residents of Canada.


Search the comprehensive job board or use up-to-date labour market information to help guide your education and career path.

Vancouver Public Library:
Physicians - A Guide for Newcomers to BC

Employment guide for physicians new to BC containing an overview of the industry, salary expectations, employment outlook for the next 5 years, scope of practice, education assessment, and more.

BC Transit

Provides transportation to over 50 communities across BC

TransLink (Metro Vancouver)

Metro Vancouver, BC transportation authority providing planning and service for transit, roads, cycling, walking via Coast Mountain Bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and the West Coast.

Starting Practice in BC

Canadian Medical Association: New in Practice Guide

The Canadian Medical Association's annually-updated guide on transitioning to practice, covering topics such as:

  • financial planning and insurance
  • checklists to help you evaluate practice opportunities 
  • tables on overhead costs and remuneration
  • social media guidance
  • provincial and territorial medical association overviews

Clinical Practice Guidelines in BC

Guidelines developed by the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC) on behalf of the Medical Services Commission. The guidelines are intended to give an understanding of a clinical problem and outline one or more preferred approaches to the investigation and management of the problem.

Physician Health Program of BC

The Physician Health Program strives to provide advocacy and support for physicians, including those in training and their families, who are experiencing problems related to personal and family emotional health issues, inappropriate use of alcohol and/or drugs, or coping with physical illness.

Rural Practice Programs

A handbook outlining programs and resources made available to physicians through the Rural Practice Subsidiary Agreement (RSA).

Medical Services Plan (MSP) Information for Physicians

Resources about the policies and procedures for enrolling with MSP and receiving payment for the medical services provided to patients.

BC's Health Authorities

There are 7 health authorities in BC, 5 of which are regional. Click here to see a map of the regional health authorities.

Fraser Health

Provides care to 1.8 million people from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.

Interior Health

Provides care to 750,000 people across 215,000 square kilometres in the Southern Interior region of BC.

Northern Health

Provides care across Northern BC to approximately 300,000 people many of whom are Aboriginal.

Vancouver Coastal Health

Provides care to more than 1.25 million people in Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

Island Health

Provides care to more than 800,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea, the Johnstone Straight, and the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

PHSA provides province-wide specialized health services through its services and programs.

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

FNHA plans, designs, manages, delivers and funds the delivery of First Nations Health Programs across British Columbia.

BC's Health Care Organizations

Doctors of BC

Doctors of BC is a voluntary association of British Columbia's physicians, medical residents and medical students.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC)

CPSBC or "the college" protects the public by establishing high standards of medical practice by licensed physicians.

Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) RCCbc develops and supports strategies that improve the health of individuals and rural communities. This organization supports and encourages collaboration in order to prepare students for a career in rural health care professions, encourage rural-based health education, and recruit and retain health professionals to rural settings and communities.
General Practitioners Society Committee of BC (GPSC)

GPSC is one of four joint collaborative committees that represent a partnership of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC. The GPSC works to strengthen full-service family practice and patient care in BC.

Society of General Practitioners of BC (SGP)

SGP is responsible for setting the Family Physician Section's fees and is the economic and political voice of family doctors in BC. Membership to SGP is optional.

Specialist Services Committee (SSC)

Improves patient care by engaging physicians to collaborate, lead quality improvement and deliver quality services with SSC supports and incentives.

BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP)

BCCFP supports the highest quality of health care in BC by providing and accrediting CPD programs and promoting life-long learning for family physicians. It is a chapter of The College of Family Physicians of Canada a national organization representing family physicians.

University of British Columbia (UBC)

UBC's Faculty of Medicine has more than 11,000 faculty and staff across the province involved with training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

UBC Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD)

UBC CPD is a Division of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia that provides accredited and unbiased continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) for physicians. Services include conference and event management, accreditation and research.

National Health Care Organizations

Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

The CMA is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high quality health care and provides leadership and guidance to physicians.

Canadian Medical Protective Agency (CMPA)

The CMPA is a not-for-profit organization funded and operated by physicians for physicians. It provides physician members with medico-legal advice, risk management education, legal assistance related to their clinical practice.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

The CFPC is a national voluntary organization of family physicians that makes continuing medical education of its members mandatory.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

The Royal College is the voice of specialty care in Canada and oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. The Royal College is not a licensing or disciplinary body, its mission is educational and standards setting.

Medical Council of Canada (MCC)

Through medical assessment, the MCC provides a qualification known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to candidates that meet its requirements and pass its examinations.

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