New online application is launching in BC

In the fall of 2016, the College will start using the new Application for Medical Registration in Canada (AMRC), a centralized online portal for submitting an application for registration with one of the provinces or territories in Canada. British Columbia is the sixth province to join the AMRC. In the next 18 months, it is anticipated that most other Canadian medical regulatory authorities will start using the AMRC. Read about the impact on new applicants.

The Application for Medical Registration in Canada (AMRC) allows qualified candidates to apply for registration, and all documents (degrees, diplomas, credentials, transcripts, certifications, etc.) are sent electronically to the licensing authority for processing. The AMRC is accessed through the physiciansapply.ca portal, which has been “live” since mid-2013. The physiciansapply.ca portal is hosted by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and through its repository function, physicians’ credentials, degrees, test scores and other related documents can be securely stored and verified, and with consent, shared with licensing authorities. 

To date, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has used physiciansapply.ca to view whether an applicant

  • has had their identification verified,
  • has had their medical credentials source verified, and
  • applied for or completed MCC exams.

Once the College starts using the AMRC, qualified candidates will be able to apply for medical registration in BC online. If they previously applied for registration using physiciansapply.ca, their information can pre-populate applications, making registration in other Canadian jurisdictions more efficient. Medical degrees and credential documentation that support a qualified candidate’s application will be uploaded into physiciansapply.ca as part of the process.

Which candidates will this impact in BC?

  • Candidates who may qualify for the full class of registration and licensure
  • Candidates who may qualify for the provisional class of registration and licensure 

What will change in the process for each of these?
Candidates who think they may qualify for the full class of registration and licensure should contact the College at 604-733-7757 at extension 2626, or by email at registration@cpsbc.ca. If a candidate has the required qualifications, he or she will be directed to the AMRC to complete the application process once enabled. Candidates will no longer have to photocopy or have notarized copies of all of their credentials.

Candidates who may qualify for the provisional class of registration and licensure will follow the process outlined in the provisional section on the College website, which starts with contacting Health Match BC.