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College Welcomes Immigration Announcement

February 22, 2018

The College welcomes today’s announcement by Immigration Minister Lena Diab of a new immigration stream for doctors looking to come to the province. The new stream makes the immigration process easier and faster for internationally trained primary care doctors and specialists who have approved job offers from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the IWK Health Centre.

“The College had met with Immigration Nova Scotia and had identified opportunities to remove duplication for physicians wishing to immigrate and become licensed to practice medicine in our province and we are delighted to see this new process move forward,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

The College already determines eligibility for medical licensure, including the verification of education, training and practice experience of all applicants. As well, the NSHA and the IWK assess education, language ability, certification and credential recognition as part of their hiring process. The new stream will rely on these assessments, eliminating duplication.

“The public entrusts the College to effectively license qualified physicians and we have made it a priority to offer eligible physicians an easy and efficient process for licensure,” said Dr. Grant.

More information for physicians is available at Nova Scotia Immigration.

Council: Call for Nominations

February 7, 2018

The election of one Councillor to the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in 2018 is required in electoral District 5 – The county of Halifax. Read More

Gold-Headed Cane Award: Call for Nominations

February 7, 2018

Do you know of a Nova Scotia physician who exemplifies professionalism? If so, consider nominating your colleague for the College’s Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in the Practice of Medicine.

This award recognizes an outstanding community-based physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession and community.


Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Marwan Tolba

February 6, 2018
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Marwan Tolba has agreed to reprimands issued by the College. Summary of Decision


About the College

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.

All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

The duties of the College include:

  • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct​

The College’s Strategic Plan 2017-2018