Qualifications

Family physicians working in Nunavut should be experienced in the Canadian medical system and have a good understanding of its referral patterns.

Contracts are only being offered at present to family physicians with full, unrestricted registration in another Canadian jurisdiction and those who are active members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Preference is given to family physicians holding the CCFP designation.

Successful completion of ACLS, ATLS, and PALS courses is a requirement for working in Nunavut. Physicians who prefer to work in Rankin Inlet and those providing obstetrical care in Iqaluit should have successfully completed the ALSO or the ALARM course.


Medical Profession Licensing Requirements in Nunavut

All physicians wishing to practice medicine in Nunavut must have the following:

  • licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, and
  • hold either a certificate of fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or a specialty certification issued by the Collège des médecins du Québec on or after October 16, 2007) or
  • hold a certificate from the College of Family Physicians of Canada or a family medicine certificate issued by the Collège des médecins du Québec on or after October 16, 2007)

OR

  • for a specialist license hold a current full unrestricted licence in another Province or Territory of Canada; or
  • for a family medicine license hold a currently full unrestricted license in another Province or Territory of Canada or be eligible for a full unrestricted license in another Province or Territory of Canada;

Candidates who met the above requirements who wish to apply for a full and unrestricted licence to practice medicine in Nunavut for the first time should visit physiciansapply.ca.

Nunavut does not currently accept applications for a limited/provisional/conditional family or specialist license. All International Medical Graduates must meet the requirements listed above.


Medical Profession Licensing Process

Please note: The average time to process a completed application is 4 weeks, please allow sufficient time to process your application.

  1. Candidates who wish to apply for full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Nunavut for the first time must apply at physiciansapply.ca.
  2. Once your online application is received an application package will be sent to obtain the additional documents that are required to complete registration and licensing. Including Certificates of Professional Conduct (CPC) from every jurisdiction where you have been licensed in Canada or internationally in the last twenty years. We do not require CPCs from jurisdictions where you held an education license only.
  3. The Nunavut Medical Registration Committee meets every two weeks. The committee will review the completed application and if approved, the Registrar office for Medical Practitioners will contact you through email.
  4. Annual licenses expire March 31st every year. Renewal applications will be email by January 15th of the next licensed year.
  5. Three month and one year license expire on the date noted on your license.
  6. If you license has expired please contact the Deputy registrar at hssnunavutregistrar@gov.nu.ca

NOTE: We will continue to accept paper applications forms until March 31, 2019 and any applications that are currently being processed.


For more information, please contact the Professional Practice Division:

Registrar, Health Professions
Department of Health
Government of Nunavut
P.O. Box 390,
Kugluktuk, NU
X0B 0E0 Canada
Phone: 867-982-7668 OR
Phone: 867-982-7655
Fax: 867-982-3256 OR
Fax: 867-982-7640
Email: hssnunavutregistrar@gov.nu.ca