Repatriation Program: Additional Postgraduate Medical Training Positions in Ontario

Attention: Are you interested in practicing in Canada?

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) funds additional postgraduate medical training positions in Ontario to recruit physicians who have completed or partially completed postgraduate residency training outside Canada and require up to two years of training to meet the national certification requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

In exchange for this funding, candidates are required to fulfill return of service (ROS) obligations in an eligible community.

This program is open to graduates of Canadian, U.S. or international medical schools.

If you are a specialist physician who has partially or fully completed your postgraduate medical training outside Canada and has a Letter of Assessment from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada specifying the length of training required to be eligible to write the certification examinations, you may be eligible for this program.

To be eligible, you must :

  1. Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  2. Have a degree from accredited medical school listed under the World Health Organization (WHO) medical school directory list
  3. Received an offer of postgraduate training appointment from faculty of medicine in Ontario
  4. Received a Letter of Assessment from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (“Royal College”) specifying the length of training required for the applicant to be eligible to write the certification examinations.

Applicants meeting these criteria may apply to one of the following streams, based on the level of postgraduate training completed prior to the proposed residency start date.

Stream 1

For applicants who have FULLY completed postgraduate training in a program outside Canada that has been assessed and recognized by the Royal College.

  1. Application for a residency position in the same specialty (For Example: completion of a core internal medicine program and applying for additional core internal medicine training)
    • Require a Royal College assessment letter of candidate’s postgraduate medical training outside Canada and is required up to a maximum of two years of residency training.
    • ROS =  year for year in an eligible community
  2. Application for a residency position in a subspecialty (For Example: completion of a core internal medicine program and applying for an internal medicine subspecialty training).
    • Require a Royal College assessment letter of candidate’s postgraduate medical training outside Canada
    • ROS = 5 years in an eligible community

** Physicians applying to Medicine or Pediatrics programs through this Steam will only be considered after the 2nd iteration of the R4 medicine/R4 Pediatrics Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) match date.

Stream 2

For applicants who have partially completed postgraduate training in a program outside Canada and their training has been assessed and recognized by the Royal College.

  • Applications through Stream 2 have to be in their original specialty/subspecialty.
  • Require a Royal College assessment letter of candidate’s postgraduate medical training outside Canada
  • ROS =  5 years in an eligible community.

** Physicians applying through this Stream will only be considered after the first and second iterations of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Please Note:

  • Residency training in Ontario is a full-time appointment.
  • There is NO application form for this program.

Training Start Date

Training start date usually happens in July of each year. The ministry will continue to accept candidate packages from Ontario postgraduate medical education offices until all positions are filled.

Funding through the Repatriation Program

Eligible candidates must receive a postgraduate training appointment from an Ontario medical school to be considered for funding through the Repatriation Program.

Candidates should contact the postgraduate medical education office (PGME) at one or more of the six Ontario medical schools to apply for a postgraduate residency position.

Return of Service Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a ROS agreement with the ministry committing to practice in an eligible community. Please refer to the streams for length of ROS. Candidates cannot begin residency training unless they have signed and returned the ROS agreement.

Application Procedures

If you meet all the program eligibility requirements, please follow these steps :

  1. Contact a postgraduate medical education office (PGME) at one or more of the six Ontario medical schools that offer postgraduate specialty training at the beginning of your final year of postgraduate medical training. You will be directed to the appropriate program director who will assist you in applying for a postgraduate training appointment.
  2. The program director will request specific documents from you in order to evaluate your candidacy such as curriculum vitae, transcripts, previous evaluations, and letters of reference. Required documents vary from program to program. However, submission of the letter from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada confirming your required length and type of training (training evaluation letter) is mandatory.
  3. Once you have received an offer for a postgraduate training position from a university, the PGME will forward your package to the ministry. Please note that it is acceptable for the program director to make an offer to you that is conditional upon funding through the ministry’s Repatriation Program.

Upon receipt of your documents from the university, the ministry will contact you about the return of service commitment.

For more information about return-of-service, please contact our office at (416) 327-8339 or send an e-mail to : PPUProgramOfficer@Ontario.ca.

Questions and Answers

How do I find out if the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) will assess my education?

If you have completed your postgraduate training in the U.S., you should contact the RCPSC (1- 800-668-3740) to request an assessment of your academic credentials.

If you completed your postgraduate training outside Canada or the U.S., you may wish to contact the RCPSC's or refer to their website: www.rcpsc.medical.org for more information about the specialties and the jurisdictions that they currently have the capabilities to assess.

What happens if the RCPSC cannot assess the program in which I have completed my postgraduate medical training?

Please contact HealthForceOntario – Access Centre for International Educated Health Professionals at 1-800-596-4046 or email to them at : AccessCentre@healthforceontario.ca. The Access Centre provides key health care professionals, including IMGs, with contact information and referrals to the regulatory body in the appropriate field. They can also provide links to education, retraining, and assessment programs; information about standards for professional qualifications, licensing and registration processes; and ongoing case management and assistance in finding the most effective path to professional practice, including alternative professional.

The RCPSC has informed me that it may take many months to assess my training; can I still apply to the Ministry's program for a training position?

Candidates must receive an assessment of their training by RCPSC before their application to the program can be considered

I am a family physician/general practitioner, how can I access the Ministry's program?

If you completed your family medicine training in the U.S. you should contact the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to see if you are currently eligible to take the national family medicine certification examinations. For more information, contact the CFPC at (905) 629-0900.

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