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Give an #EqualChance to all doctors

Take action against the unfair barriers faced by internationally trained medical doctors in Canada.

Request equity based changes in the pathway to practice medicine for these doctors by joining #EqualChance.

The Issue

To practice medicine in Canada you need to have a recognized medical degree and pass the medical  qualifying exams. 

When internationally trained medical doctors get their credentials recognized and successfully pass the Canadian qualifying exams, they are not given a fair opportunity to practice their profession.  

These doctors are expected to undergo extra processes, sessions, and certifications that make it almost impossible for them to practice. 

Even after earning extra certifications, internationally trained doctors still aren’t allowed to apply to 90% of the total residency positions available in Canada.

Vahid's Story

Vahid is a doctor, but not in Canada

Vahid practiced medicine in Iran for 16 years. He immigrated to Canada in 2010 and resides in Vancouver. He has not only passed but excelled in the Canadian qualifying medical exams, and his degree is recognized in Canada. He applied to get accepted into a medical residency position in several provinces without success for many years. Vahid is still an anesthesiologist, but not in Canada. 

Thousands of qualified doctors with international credentials like Vahid, cannot practice their profession. This is a tremendous loss for Canada, especially during a pandemic. 

The Solution

Canadians are ready to give internationally trained medical doctors an #EqualChance

Did you know that 83% of Canadians agree that Canada should do more to ensure these doctors have a fair and reasonable opportunity to practice medicine in Canada?

80% of Canadians agree that they are comfortable receiving care from physicians, doctors or personal support workers that received the majority of their training outside of Canada.

Canada needs doctors. We have a solution. They are ready, they are trained, they are here, and they meet the Canadian standards. Let’s give the thousands of internationally trained medical doctors an #EqualChance to support the health of Canadians.

What You Can Do

Do you agree that internationally trained medical graduates should an equal chance as other Canadians to practise their profession?

Spread the word about the challenges that internationally trained medical doctors face, and how other Canadians can help.