Canadian Free Trade Agreement Physicians

The FMRAC agreement addresses the access to practice requirements for a full license as well as a provisional or limited authorization. However, Canada`s labour mobility agreements can facilitate the registration of physicians already licensed in another Canadian province or territory. “These programs assess international medical graduates (IMGs) in a clinical environment in the province concerned,” explains Fleur-Ange Lefebvre, Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC). “It is important that these physicians follow a practical observation here in Canada before they can be considered for a licence. Medicine is a very active profession and medical regulators (ASRs) must be able to rely on a reasonable and comprehensive process to fulfill their duty to protect the public and patients.¬†Practice Ready Assessment (PRA) programs play an important role in ensuring that internationally trained physicians who have gone through the process are qualified to practice in Canada. Physicians who complete a PRA are monitored directly and assessed at a workplace over a 12-week period by trained experts. Once completed, PRA participants must apply for a provisional licence and perform a service return in a region of need in the same province. “Chapter Seven (Labour Mobility) of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (formerly the Agreement on Internal Trade) states that most physicians admitted to one jurisdiction are eligible for admission to another Canadian province or territory, without undergoing further testing,” adds Lefebvre. “It is therefore important that the different PRA programmes follow the same standards and rigour; This is the best way to ensure that all jurisdictions can trust each other`s assessment process.¬†Overall, applying for inter-admission mobility to the CPSO can be a difficult process, especially when the physician has a complaint, discipline, or other relevant history in another jurisdiction. We regularly assist physicians outside the province in applying for a certificate of registration from the CPSO as well as any objections to the CPSO Registration Committee. The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (“CFTA”) signed by the Province of Ontario creates a special reflection for physicians who wish to practice in Ontario but are qualified to practice as a physician in another province or territory. The stated purpose of the CFTA is to “enable any worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of one [province/territory] to be recognized as qualified for that occupation by all other [provinces/territories]”.

In short, the CFTA aims to promote labour mobility and labour equality between provinces. The New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) is an agreement between Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan that allows medical officers licensed in one province to register in the other, provided they meet the registration requirements of that jurisdiction. In November 2009, the College Council approved an agreement developed by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) that, once implemented, will establish a national standard for authorization in all legal systems. . . .