Practice on the Island

Whether you are moving from another province or territory in Canada, or from abroad, the Medical Staff Recruitment Team would be pleased to answer any question you have about relocating to Vancouver Island.

Licensure in British Columbia

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is the licensing authority for both family and specialist physicians in BC. Detailed licensing information can be found on the College's website.

Additional organizations involved in the credentialing of physicians:

The Island Health Medical Staff Recruitment Team  can provide you with additional support and advice regarding the required steps to attain licensure in British Columbia.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

We welcome IMGs who lack Canadian qualifications and legal status in Canada (permanent resident or Canadian Citizenship) to contact us directly. Our team will support the required processes leading to provisional licensure and a work permit, and assist you in your successful relocation to Vancouver Island.

The BC Physician Integration Program provides IMGs* with a comprehensive orientation and introduction to the BC health care system. The program is comprised of a two-day orientation conference held in Vancouver. Participation is mandatory for all IMGs who hold provisional licensure.

*IMGs must be on the registry with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

More resources for relocating to Canada