Temporary Licence

Basic Requirements

The College's definition of a locum is "a practitioner who provides temporary coverage for up to a maximum of six (6) months."

The basic requirements for a Temporary Licence with the College are as follows:

  • be a graduate in medicine from a university or school that meets criteria approved by the Council of the College;
  • be a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC); and
  • for family practice hold certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada; or have completed a one year rotating internship in Canada prior to 1993; or
  • for specialty practice hold certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; or
  • hold a full licence elsewhere in Canada; and
  • meet the English language proficiency requirements of the College; and
  • be legally able to work in Canada.

For more information refer to the College’s Medical Practitioners Regulations.

Your Application: Getting Started

  • Determine if you meet the requirements for a Temporary Licence. Please contact the College at (902) 422-5823 if you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a Temporary Licence.  
  • Complete the Application for Medical Registration (AMR) at physiciansapply.ca.
  • The College will review your information submitted through physiciansapply.ca to determine your eligibility to proceed with the application process.
  • Once your information is reviewed, the College will contact you regarding next steps in your application process.