Temporary Licence (Locum)
The temporary licence is issued to physicians or surgeons who want to practise as locums in Nova Scotia. It is issued to 2 kinds of physicians:
- those who have a full license elsewhere in Canada
- those who have recently completed residency training with their LMCC and have their certification
We define a locum as a physician or surgeon who substitutes temporarily for another physician or surgeon for up to 6 months.
Are you eligible?
To qualify for this licence, you must have the following documents:
- proof that you are legally allowed to work in Nova Scotia
- proof that you meet our English language proficiency requirements (PDF – 2 pages – 157 KB)
- proof that you have a degree in medicine from a university or medical school that was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools at the time of your graduation
- proof that you are enrolled in the Canadian Medical Register as a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) or hold an acceptable alternative to the LMCC (PDF – 2 pages – 339 KB)
- for specialists, proof that you hold certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- for family physicians, proof that you hold certification with the College of Family Physicians (CFPC) OR you completed a one-year rotating internship in Canada BEFORE 1993.
Step 1: Set up your account with physiciansapply.ca and submit your credentials
Read the list of required documents above to ensure you qualify for a temporary licence.
Complete the application for medical registration (AMR) at physiciansapply.ca and pay the appropriate fees. The fees are non-refundable .
We will receive the application automatically.
Make sure you complete the application form accurately. Discrepancies with information may delay your application.
Call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823
Step 2: Review of your application
We will review the information you submitted through physiciansapply.ca to find out if you are qualified to move on in the application process.
We email you to tell you if you qualify for the licence or not:
- If you qualify, your registration coordinator will send you a link to your member services portal explaining what we need to complete your file.
- If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.
Step 3: Completing your file
The member services portal contains details and links to help you find out what documentation you need to complete your application. This includes but is not limited to
- a criminal record check for each jurisdiction requested by your registration coordinator
- reference letters requested by your registration coordinator
- certificates of professional conduct from the regulatory or licensing authority in each jurisdiction where you have practised medicine or held a medical licence as instructed by your registration coordinator
Note: Your registration coordinator may ask for additional documents following their review of your file.
It may take 4 to 6 weeks to collect and send us all the documents we need.
It may take longer if we need more information. If that is the case, your application will be sent on to the registrar or registration Committees for review.
Step 4: Approval and registration
After your application file is complete, with all applicable medical credentials and supporting documents submitted and verified, we will analyze your application and tell you if you qualify for registration in Nova Scotia.
- If you qualify, we will send you further instructions and information about paying the applicable fees.
- If you do NOT qualify we will send you a letter telling you why.
Step 5: Licensure letter
If you are approved for licensure you will be issued a temporary licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia for up to 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions Expand All
Physiciansapply.ca standardizes and streamlines the application process for medical registration in Canada.
- Applying to multiple jurisdictions will be easier. All Canadian medical regulatory authorities require all new candidates for independent practice registration to have a physiciansapply.ca account. This includes Canadian medical residents, practising physicians relocating within Canada, and candidates from outside the country.
- Your medical credentials and Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exam results will be permanently stored in physiciansapply.ca.
- If you obtained any of your medical credentials outside Canada, you will need to request source verification of those credentials through physiciansapply.ca.
- With your consent, regulatory authorities and other medical organizations will be able to see your credentials and exam results through the portal.
Give yourself plenty of time to complete your licence application. It is difficult to predict how long it will take as it depends on how long it takes for you to gather the necessary documentation. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to collect and send us all the documents we need.
Once we have received all the documents and information we need, it usually takes several days to issue you a licence.
You may begin to practise once you have been granted a licence, not before.