The Collège des médecins du Québec and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Agree to Facilitate Doctor Mobility

    MONTREAL, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, the Collège des médecins
du Québec and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario signed a
historic agreement that promotes the mobility of medical personnel between the
two provinces. The agreement applies to those physicians in Quebec and Ontario
who hold a full, unrestricted, unconditional license for independent practice.
    The two medical colleges arrived at this accord to mutually recognize the
professional qualifications of their respective physicians in response to a
joint statement from the Quebec and Ontario governments which encourages the
development of a common economic region and to the spirit of modifications to
Chapter VII of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) that came into effect
yesterday (April 1, 2009). The rules of the AIT pertaining to the mobility of
personnel, signed on December 5, 2008 by the Employment Ministries of the 10
Canadian provinces, define the terms for the issuance of permits to practice
for all trades and regulated professions on a "permit for permit" basis. In
effect, it is in response to these two agreements that the Quebec and Ontario
colleges have signed their own accord.
    "The signature of this agreement constitutes a major first step in the
application of the Agreement on Internal Trade, as the Collège des médecins du
Québec and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario encompass close
to 80 % of all doctors practicing in Canada" underlined Dr. Yves Lamontagne,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Collège des médecins.
    "Facilitating the movement of doctors between Quebec and Ontario, this
agreement represents a model to be followed by all regulated professions in
the country that must conform to the Agreement on Internal Trade" added Dr.
Rayudu Koka, President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
    In Quebec, as a follow-up to the application of the agreement concluded
today between the two professional orders, the Collège des médecins adopted a
proposed regulation last December that is presently being studied by the
Office des professions du Québec. "I am confident that the government will
recognize the importance of the agreement signed this morning and that it will
approve as soon as possible the proposed regulation currently under review,"
concluded Dr. Yves Lamontagne.
    "This agreement is another example of how the College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Ontario is making it possible for qualified doctors from other
jurisdictions to practise medicine in our province, without compromising
registration standards," said Dr. Rayudu Koka.

    The Collège des médecins du Québec is the province's professional order
of physicians. The mission of the Collège is to promote quality medicine in
order to protect the public and help improve the health of Quebecers.

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regulates the practice
of medicine in the public interest and is committed to attaining its vision -
Quality Professionals, Healthy System, Public Trust.

For further information:

For further information: Ms. Leslie Labranche, Senior Communications
Officer, Collège des médecins du Québec, Cell: (514) 915-2170; Ms. Jill
Hefley, Associate Director of Communications, College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Ontario, Cell: (416) 948-2779, (416) 967-2600, ext. 445

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