Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools outside North America without Canadian Legal Status

In order to train in Ontario, a foreign medical graduate must be officially sponsored by a funding source from their country of origin. Acceptable funding sources are strictly limited to government agencies or health-related charitable organizations. Private or personal funds are neither acceptable nor permissible. Before any applications can be considered by the program, the sponsor must sign a formal agreement with the University of Ottawa. The latter provides both parties with clear, written arrangements for training residents and fellows at the University of Ottawa. By and large, the agreement stipulates that sponsors: 

  • agree to financially support their trainees to the completion of their residency or fellowship program.
  • agree to pay, for each of their trainees, the annual training fee of $100,000 CAD per year as well as provide them with a salary and benefits. The salary and benefits for residents must be equivalent to the PARO-CAHO Agreement .
  • guarantee a position to their trainees once they return to their country of origin upon completion of training.

Since each agreement is valid for a period of six years, the University of Ottawa will be able to consider any sponsored applications for the duration of the agreement. Please note that signing the agreement does not guarantee that programs will offer a position to the applicants. 

For fellowship positions only, funding may be available through the hospital here in Ottawa; therefore sponsorship would not be mandatory.

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