Who we are

The MCC has the legislated national mandate to assure Canadians that their doctors, wherever they are in Canada and whatever their medical specialty, meet the same demanding and consistent standards for quality.

Our examinations
The MCC plays an important role in the assessment of physicians in Canada. The MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to medical graduates who meet the necessary criteria. The LMCC is a part of the Canadian Standard, the set of requirements for awarding a full licence.

The MCC offers four examinations:

  1. The Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I – assessing both Canadian and international candidates for entry into residency.
  2. The Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II – assessing both Canadian and international candidates for entry into independent practice.
  3. The Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) – provided initial screening for international medical graduates (IMGs) and students interested in practising in Canada. This exam was phased-out in 2018 and is no longer offered.
  4. The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination – assessing IMGs for entry into residency.

The MCCQE Part I and Part II are the assessment components of the LMCC for both Canadian and international candidates.

How we are governed
The MCC’s policy direction is set by its Council, which has 52 positions, including a position for:

  • Two appointees from each provincial and territorial medical regulatory authority
  • One member from each university in Canada that has a medical school
  • Up to five members from the public
  • Two student members
  • Two postgraduate resident members

Our strategic goals and activities
As part of its mandate, the MCC undertakes the following:

  • Provides the LMCC qualification for entry into practice
  • Initiates and promotes, with partners, a national integrated strategy of assessment of physicians throughout their careers
  • Initiates and promotes innovation, research and development in assessment and evaluation
  • Maintains the Canadian Medical Register and promotes, with partners, the development of a national registry
  • Maintains and promotes liaison with competent provincial, national, and international organizations in assessment and evaluation
  • Be an open, transparent, responsive, and accountable organization