Opening Ontario's Borders To Doctors

    McGuinty Government Attracting Doctors From Other Provinces And The U.S.

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ -


    Doctors licensed to practice in other parts of Canada and the U.S. will
soon be able to move to practice in Ontario without further training or
additional examinations.
    A new policy approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Ontario (CPSO) will make it possible for physicians licensed in other parts of
Canada to become registered to practice in Ontario. Doctors who are licensed
to practice in the U.S. can move to Ontario and practice medicine if they have
completed U.S. post graduate training and examinations. The new policy will
come into effect December 1.
    Helping more qualified internationally trained doctors practice in
Ontario is part of the government's plan to increase access to care. The plan
builds on the Report on Removing Barriers for International Medical Doctors by
Laurel Broten, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term
    In June, the Ontario government introduced legislation that would ease
the way for internationally trained health care providers to practice in the
    The legislation - called the Increasing Access to Qualified Health
Professionals for Ontarians Act (Bill 97) - would, if passed, change the
mandate of all regulatory colleges to acknowledge that access to health care
is a matter of public interest. It is anticipated that second reading of the
legislation will begin early in the fall legislative session.


    "This is all about attracting more doctors who can deliver quality health
care for Ontario families," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister David
Caplan. "We congratulate the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for
working with us to remove the barriers to getting licensed in Ontario without
compromising the standards that our citizens expect for their physicians."
    "Access to physicians is critical to supporting vibrant communities,"
said Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
"AMO is pleased that the CPSO has taken these steps to increase the number of
physicians practicing in Ontario."


    -   More than 5,000 internationally trained doctors are practicing in
        Ontario, representing approximately a quarter of the physician
    -   About 630 IMGs are currently in residency training
    -   In 2007, for the fourth straight year, more certificates were issued
        to IMGs than to Ontario graduates by The College of Physicians and
        Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
    -   CPSO also reports the number of full practice certificates issued to
        IMGs in 2007 was the highest in 20 years, marking the seventh
        straight year of an increasing number of certificates for
        internationally trained doctors
    -   Currently, 5,000 to 6,000 Canadians are either practicing or training
        in the United States.
    -   Under a tentative agreement with the Ontario Medical Association, the
        government and the province's doctors will work towards getting a
        family physician for 500,000 patients who need family health care


    Read Laurel Broten's Report on Removing Barriers for International Medical
Doctors (

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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