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Registration & Licensing

Your Medical Licence to Practise in Nova Scotia

To practise medicine in the province of Nova Scotia a medical licence issued by the College is required. This medical licence must be renewed each year with the College.

All licensed physicians practising medicine in the province of Nova Scotia are expected to abide by the College’s Professional Standards and Guidelines.

Nova Scotia Practice Readiness Assessment Program (NSPRAP)

The NSPRAP is an assessment program for international medical graduates (IMGs) who

  • have completed residencies in family medicine outside of Canada; and
  • are unable to meet Nova Scotia licensing requirements.

Participants who have successfully completed the NSPRAP may then apply to the College for a Defined licence to practice medicine in Nova Scotia with a pathway to Full licensure.

Are you eligible to apply?

NSPRAP operates under the auspices of the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine  with the financial support of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

For more information, please contact the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program.

Medical Corporation Permit

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.

Obtaining a Certificate of Professional Conduct

A Certificate of Professional Conduct verifies that a physician is licensed or has been licensed with the College, and his or her standing with the College.

Medical regulatory authorities and health care organizations in other jurisdictions require a Certificate of Standing or Professional Conduct when a physician applies for a licence.

Learn how to obtain a Certificate of Professional Conduct »