College News

Why the College Has Instituted New Dates for the Renewal of Medical Licences
October 16, 2014

In the past, physicians had until January 1st to apply for a medical licence to practice. During the last two years while the College has extended the licence renewal period, there has actually been an increase in the number of late licence renewals. This reached an all-time high last year, with 154 late renewals and 109 late corporation permit renewals. This means more physicians paid late fees, more licences were suspended and more physicians had to go through a licence reinstatement process. We are seeking to reverse these trends.

In addition, under the New Medical Act, which is set to come into effect shortly, medical licences expire annually on December 31st.  In keeping with the New Medical Act, the College has set November as the period in which physicians can renew their medical licence to practice. This allows the time necessary to review all renewals and issue new medical licences for 2015.


New Dates to Renew your Medical Licence and Corporation Permit 
October 14, 2014

November is license renewal and corporation permit renewal time.

Your Medical Licence to Practice in Nova Scotia

Physicians practising medicine in Nova Scotia must renew their medical licence annually. Starting November 3rd to November 30th you can renew and pay for your medical licence online at

Your Corporate Permit to Practice Renewal 

If you practise medicine under a corporation in which you are listed as a Medical Director, a corporate permit is required. This permit must be renewed annually. You can renew and pay for your corporate permit online at starting November 3rd.


College Launches Prescription Medication Awareness Campaign
September 23, 2014

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) is launching an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging patients and physicians to explore pain management alternatives. The goal of the campaign is to support a broader conversation between patients and physicians when dealing with pain management.

“We believe that if we expand the dialogue between doctor and patient, we might improve the management of pain,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar & CEO at the CPSNS.  “We also believe this may improve physician prescribing practices.” 


About Us

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province's medical profession in accordance with the Nova Scotia Medical Act and its regulations. Among other responsibilities, the College undertakes the following:

Building Bridges, the CPSNS 2013 Annual Report is now available (PDF download).