Transferring from another province
Physicians must have an Alberta medical practice permit to practise medicine in Alberta. However, Canada’s mobility agreements can make it easier for physicians who are already licensed in another province or territory to become registered with CPSA. Read on for more information about registering with CPSA from another Canadian jurisdiction.
If you are a physician already practising medicine in Canada, either the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) or New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) can help you get an Alberta medical permit more easily.
Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Under the CFTA, you could be eligible for independent practice under one of CPSA’s two main registers.
CPSA General Register
You may be eligible for the General Register through the CFTA if:
- you currently have a full unrestricted licence in another Canadian jurisdiction,
- you passed a practice readiness assessment (PRA) through your current licensing authority, which meets the standards established by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and CPSA, and
- you meet CPSA’s eligibility requirements
CPSA Provisional Register Conditional Practice
You may be eligible for the Provisional Register Conditional Practice through the CFTA if:
- you currently have a provisional licence in another Canadian jurisdiction,
- you have no conditions or restrictions on your current licence, or the conditions or restrictions can be accommodated by the CPSA,
- you passed a practice ready assessment through your current licensing authority which meets the standards established by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and is satisfactory to the Alberta Registrar, and
- you satisfy the English language proficiency requirement
New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)
If you are a physician in Alberta, British Columbia or Saskatchewan, you could benefit from the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA). This agreement lets physicians practising in any of these three provinces register in another as long as they meet the requirements set out in their desired province.
If you have a full licence in B.C. or Saskatchewan, with LMCC certification and CCFP and/or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification, you may be eligible for an Alberta practice permit. The NWPTA does not apply to Limited, Interim, Inactive, Courtesy, Student or Honorary registration.
Apply for an Alberta Practice Permit
In order to transfer to Alberta from another province or territory, you still need to complete the full CPSA application process. Based on the details you share in your application, we may determine that you are eligible for a practice permit under either the CFTA or the NWPTA.
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