Requirements for Full Registration – Specialty Area of Practice


The following information is designed to assist interested persons in understanding the requirements for registration and licensure to practise medicine in the province of Manitoba. This information cannot cover all circumstances and a definite answer with respect to registrability can only be given upon the completion of a formal application with supporting documents and the required documentation fee.

In any disagreement between this information and the wording of The Medical Act of Manitoba and Regulations thereunder, or any other legislation governing these matters, the terms of the legislation will prevail.

  1. The Routes to Full Registration for Those Applying in a Specialty Area of Practice
    1. Certification by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Application for Medical Registration,
    2. LMCC and certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties in a specialty acceptable to the College [refer to Section 11(1)(b) in Regulation 25/2003 for the list of acceptable specialties. Complete the Application for Medical Registration,
    3. Specialist certification obtained through an examination administered by the Collège des médecins du Québec. Complete the Application for Medical Registration,
    4. A current unrestricted licence or certificate to practise medicine to in the specialty field granted by a medical regulatory authority in a Canadian province or territory that is a party to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) [formerly the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)]. Complete the Application for Medical Registration.
  2. In addition to meeting the other requirements, a person seeking registration
    1. who has been registered in another jurisdiction(s) must provide a certificate of standing of recent date in that jurisdiction(s).  Evidence of standing must be sent directly to the College offices from the respective organization.
    2. must provide a Medical Identification Number for Canada (MINC) number. If you do not have a MINC number one will be assigned to you prior to registration.
    3. must provide a criminal record check satisfactory to the College (A Criminal Record Check must be provided to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. You may attend at a local RCMP detachment or your local law enforcement agency. You must ensure that the Check contains a Vulnerable Sector Search. Once the check has been completed, you must send the original to the College offices.)
Documentation and fees required. All documents must be originals or notarized photocopies. If you are registered with, you do not need to submit copies of the documents which are in your profile, but must select document sharing with the College. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documentation is complete.  NOTE THATthe College reserves the right to request additional documentation following the review of the application.
  1. Application for Medical Registration.
  2. Graduation diploma (with translation in English, if applicable).
  3. Documentation of  all approved training experiences and medical qualifications (including certifications) listed in the application.
  4. Evidence of identity (Canadian passport/birth certificate; passport and one of the following: permanent resident status, valid work permit, Canadian citizenship)
  5. You will be required to pay the following fees at the time you submit your application for medical registration:  $195 Medical Council of Canada fee; $210 CPSM Review of Qualifications fee
Additional Requirements:
  1. Once a position has been obtained in Manitoba, and before registration is issued, the applicant will be required to appear for a personal interview. Registration and licence fees and evidence of identity (Canadian passport/birth certificate; passport and one of the following: permanent resident status, valid work permit, or Canadian citizenship) are due prior to commencing practice.
  2. Persons who are registered may be issued one of the following licences:
    (a)    Full: A licence entitling the holder to practise independently in accordance with his experience will be issued on payment of the licence fee (Canadian currency, at par, Winnipeg).
    (b)    Monthly Term: A licence for a calendar month or portion thereof may be issued at a reduced fee. This is primarily designed for those doing a locum tenens who will not be practising for more than five calendar months in the licence fee year.
    (c)    Residents in Training Programs: Medical graduates who meet the requirements for full registration may on request be issued a licence entitling practice only within the residency program. The application for this licence must be accompanied by a letter from the University of Manitoba, Postgraduate Medical Education, confirming the residency appointment. The fee for this licence is approximately 25 percent of the full licence fee. This licence may be extended to a full licence.
  3. Professional Liability Insurance
    All licensed physicians must be a member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association, or carry a policy of professional liability insurance of at least $10,000,000.00 issued by a company licensed to carry on business in the province of Manitoba.
Warning Notices

The College cannot be responsible for delays in registering persons who have not submitted their application and documents well in advance of arrival in Manitoba. The College cannot be responsible for delays due to incomplete documentation.

Applicants are cautioned that they must not engage in practice in this province until such time as registration and licensure are completed.

It is contrary to The Medical Act for any medical practitioner to employ an assistant who is not duly qualified and licensed.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure the documentation is complete.

Please contact the College directly if you require clarification on any of the items or if you have any questions regarding the application process