Provisional Registration – Specialty Practice Limited

Provisional Registration – Specialty Practice Limited or Regulated Associate Member – Assessment Candidate – Specialty Practice

  1. Ensure all documents are submitted to and source verified by Physiciansapply - medical diploma, internship document, specialty postgraduate training document (see below) and specialty certificate.

The postgraduate training document must include that the specialty training program was successfully completed and inclusive dates.

NOTE:  Please also ensure you share your account with CPSM.

  1. Meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.
  1. Ensure there is an employment/sponsorship opportunity in your specialty at MB HealthCare Providers Network which indicates that there may be eligibility for sponsorship/employment through the PRA MB-SP at the University of Manitoba IMG Program.

    NOTE: Please do not submit an application until you have completed/confirmed #1 - #3. If CPSM receives your application and cannot confirm steps #1 - #3, your application CANNOT be reviewed and will expire 6 months from the date it is received.

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Please note that employment opportunities for physicians with the requirement for a Practice Ready Assessment – Specialty Practice (PRA-SP) may be limited and the process can be lengthy. As applications with CPSM are only valid for 6 months from the date they are received, it is suggested that an application not be made unless you are offered an employment/sponsorship opportunity.

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) - See the RCPSC website for details

If you have satisfactorily completed postgraduate training in a specialty area of practice in a jurisdiction approved by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) – you may be eligible for provisional registration (specialty practice limited) in Manitoba based on your eligibility for certification by the RCPSC.

Contact the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada at for details. 

If you have questions, please contact the registration department at 204-774-4344 or by email at



The following information is designed to assist interested persons in understanding the requirements for Provisional Registration and the issuing of a certificate of practice 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 submission of an application with supporting documents and the required documentation fee.

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

At the present time there are very few available employment opportunities in Manitoba for physicians who have trained in a specialty area and for which a Minister’s Certificate would be issued. Prospective applicants for practice in a specialty are encouraged to contact MB HealthCare Providers Network. The MB HealthCare Providers Network offers assistance to candidates with system navigation and connection to employers. To register, please visit their website.


REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION: Regulated Member – Provisional – Specialty practice Limited

  1. Credentials – Academic and Postgraduate Clinical Training
  2. Application and Disclosure Requirements required under the RHPA and CPSM General Regulation.
  3. English Language Proficiency
  4. Minister’s Certificate. Requests for the Minister’s Certificate are considered by MB HealthCare Providers Network upon receipt of confirmation from CPSM that the applicant is eligible for provisional registration.
  5. If applicable, satisfactory completion of an assessment process acceptable to CPSM. Candidates will be required to participate in the assessment process in effect at the time the candidate is referred for assessment. Neither CPSM nor the University is responsible for the costs of the assessment. Costs should be discussed with the prospective employer.

For information on the PRA-Specialty Practice conducted under the auspices of the Division of Continuing Professional Development, University of Manitoba, please refer to information on the University of Manitoba website.



Applicants for the provisional specialty practice limited class must complete the Application for Medical Registration (AMR). You will be required to submit the following fees at the time you submit your AMR: $200 Medical Council of Canada fee; $210 CPSM Review of Qualifications fee. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.



Physicians will be required to sign a written undertaking to CPSM with respect to the terms and conditions of the provisional registration which will include an individualized monitoring program which may include:

  1. self-audit using the problem oriented medical record
  2. 360 Review
  3. external chart audit
  4. on-site review

The costs of the monitoring program will be the responsibility of the registrant.



If you are registered with, you do not need to submit copies of the documents that are in your profile, but you must select document sharing with CPSM. If you do not have a profile, you will be required to submit original notarized copies of supporting documents. You will be contacted by CPSM following submission of your Application for Medical Registration with respect to the documentation that will be required.

Before registration is issued and prior to commencing practice, a recent passport-type photograph and evidence of identity, including evidence that the applicant is legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian passport/birth certificate; passport and one of the following: permanent resident status, valid work permit, or Canadian citizenship) is required.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documentation is complete.



All regulated members in the regulated member provisional specialty practice limited class must be a member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association or carry a policy of professional liability insurance acceptable to the College of at least $10,000,000.00.


Once a position has been obtained in Manitoba, and before registration is issued, the applicant will be required to attend a group orientation. Registration and certificate of practice fees are due prior to commencing practice.



To engage in the practice of medicine, a member must hold a valid certificate of practice entitling the holder to practise in his or her field(s) of practice in accordance with CPSM General Regulation s.2.10(2).

Certificate of Practice Fees

  1. Certificate Year
  2. Monthly: A certificate 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 six calendar months in the certificate fee year.



The Regulation governing the requirements for registration in Manitoba contains several requirements to maintain registration. For those in the provisional specialty practice limited class these include:

  1. obtaining the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada [LMCC] and Certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada within five years of the date of provisional registration.
  2. obtaining a designation of successful, or partially successful in the Manitoba Practice Assessment Program (MPAP), within five years of the date of provisional registration.

The Registrar may extend that period for up to an additional 12 months, subject to any conditions that the Registrar considers advisable, if the applicant applies in writing for an extension before his or her 5 years expires and sets out the reasons for the extension request; and the Registrar determines that the member requires the extension due to an extended absence from professional practice due to a medical condition or for any statutory or approved leave. The Registrar must give written reasons for decision, and the applicant has a right of appeal. [CPSM General Regulation ss. 3.72 and 3.73]



In addition to the cancellation requirements in the RHPA, s. 48(1) to 52, a provisional (specialty practice limited) registration is cancelled upon the earliest of:

1. The revocation or lapse of the certificate from the Minister.

2. If the physician:

a. ceases to be eligible for any MCC examination for cause;

b. has his or her certification by the RCPSC or the American Board of Medical Specialties revoked for cause;

c. in the case of a physician enrolled in the MPAP, at the end of the five year period if the physician:

A. ceases to be eligible for or enrolled in the MPAP, or

B. receives a designation of unsuccessful in the MPAP;

3. If the physician ceases practice in Manitoba;

4. If the specified or extended registration period ends.



CPSM cannot be responsible for delays in registering persons who have not submitted their application and documents well in advance of arrival in Manitoba. CPSM 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 a certificate of practice have been issued.

Applicants should advise referees that their name has been used, and that the application cannot be completed without responses. Therefore, prompt replies to our inquiries would be appreciated. Please ensure that you provide full e-mail or postal addresses of referees.

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