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Restricted Licence – Emergency

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A Restricted licence falls under the Conditional Register and is defined in the Medical Practitioners Regulations under Section 59. 


This policy describes the criteria to obtain a ‘Restricted licence – Emergency’.


This policy applies to candidates applying for licensure in Nova Scotia who hold an independent licence in another Canadian jurisdiction, or elsewhere at the Registrar’s discretion, and for whom there is an identified urgent need for their services in Nova Scotia. 


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (the College) may act upon this policy allowing Restricted licensure in the following emergent circumstances:

  • When there is a declared state of emergency (e.g. pandemic, natural disaster or act of terrorism) and there is a need identified that cannot be met by a physician or physicians currently licensed in Nova Scotia OR
  • When there is an urgent or emergent need identified in the province that can best be met by licensing a physician from out of province or elsewhere at the Registrar’s discretion.


The Registrar will review applications for a Restricted licence – Emergency on a case-by-case basis when there is a demonstrated urgent or emergent need for medical services.

The physician must:

  • Hold a licence for independent medical practice elsewhere in Canada or elsewhere at the Registrar’s discretion; and
  • Complete the application as prescribed by the Registrar.


The duration of licensure will be determined by the Registrar and will not extend beyond December 31st of the year of application. A request for re-application must be completed each year.

Restriction on Licensure

The physician will be restricted to the need(s) identified in the province for which they will be providing services.  

Applicable Legislation: Issued as a Restricted licence under the authority granted by Section 59 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations
Approved by: Deputy Registrar
Approval Date(s):April 15, 2024
Review Date:April 2027