The ECA report will be issued after the completion of the source verification process. The following average diploma source verification times might apply:
o Diplomas issued by medical schools in North America, Australia and Europe: approx. 75 days
o Diplomas issued by medical schools in Asia, South America and Africa: approx. 105 days
Please note that times can vary by institution.
Once the ECA report has been generated, it will be mailed to the candidate. It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit his or her ECA report to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) since it only accepts original assessments directly from applicants. The MCC will provide physicians with an original Assessment Report so that applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program can submit this to CIC.
The ECA report will confirm whether the candidate’s medical diploma is comparable to a Canadian medical degree. However, for both international and Canadian medical graduates, a medical degree alone does not convey the ability to practise medicine in Canada. Provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities governing the practice of medicine require additional postgraduate training and further assessments for all applicants before granting a licence to practise medicine in Canada.
This process not only helps candidates meet the Federal Skilled Worker Program requirements, it also enables candidates to get their medical degree source verified. Source verification of the final medical degree is one of the requirements for application for medical registration in Canada (i.e. applying for a medical license in a Canadian province or territory).