A Defined Licence may be issued to a physician who has not completed all of the qualifications necessary for full licensure. Qualifications required for a Nova Scotia medical licence reflect the current national standards to practice medicine in Canada.
When applying for a defined licence the following requirements are reviewed and approved by the College:
- a medical degree;
- postgraduate training appropriate for the practice;
- professional eligibility examinations;
- English language proficiency (PDF) requirements;
- requirements for licensure as set out in College policies:
- a Sponsor and Supervisor approved by the College;
- legally able to work in Canada; and
- comply with any requirements considered necessary by the College in order to meet the provincial standards for the practice of medicine.
For more information on defined licensing, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Nova Scotia, the Medical Act & Regulations requires that a defined licensee be overseen by both a Supervisor and a Sponsor for the duration of this licence.
The goal of supervision is to evaluate and support the defined licenced physician as they work towards full licensure.
- Defined Licence Supervision Overview
- Defined Licence Supervision FAQs
- Approval of Supervisors for Defined Licence Physicians
- Sponsor-Only Oversight of a Defined Licence Physician
- Supervision Levels for Defined Licensees
For more information on supervision, please contact: email@example.com
International Medical Graduates
The Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (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.
Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia
Licensing applicants who are newcomers to Nova Scotia may wish to access services, including programs for professionals, provided by the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.