Social Accountability Initiative

In the spirit of social accountability and responsibility, devise appropriate strategic objectives and commit the necessary resources in order to address the current socioeconomic disparity in medical school admissions, the University of Ottawa has created two (2) low socioeconomic status (LSES) reserved seats as a first step in an attempt to decrease barriers, to offer fairness, and to provide all candidates with equal access opportunity.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. All candidates wishing to apply through the Social Accountability Initiative need to fulfill the University of Ottawa general UGME program requirements. These can be found at:
  1. In addition, the candidates’ household must have had a yearly total family* pre-tax income (at the time they were in Grades 11 and 12) equal to or less than $60,000 as per Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) data (line 150 on the income tax return).
  • Each candidate wishing to be considered must compute the average gross family income at the time he/she was in Grade 11 and Grade 12. The additional financial documentation, which consist of each family household member’s notice of assessment issued by the CRA for that period, needs to be provided at the time of OMSAS application submission. These notices of assessment may be obtained through the CRA.

*Family is defined as: “a married couple and the children, if any, of either and/or both spouses; a couple living common law and the children, if any, of either and/or both partners; or a lone parent of any marital status with at least one child living in the same dwelling and that child or those children. All members of a particular census family live in the same dwelling. A couple may be of opposite or same sex. Children may be children by birth, marriage, common-law union or adoption regardless of their age or marital status as long as they live in the dwelling and do not have their own married spouse, common-law partner or child living in the dwelling. Grandchildren living with their grandparent(s) but with no parents present also constitute a census family. ” (As per Statistics Canada, departmental standard approved on November 16, 2015) Accessed at:

  1. Candidates who meet criteria 1 and 2 and wish to apply to the Anglophone or Francophone streams, or to the Indigenous or MD/PhD programs are potential candidates for the Social Accountability Initiative.


Please note:

  • All submitted information and documentation must be true and verifiable. Any false information will result in the application for the Social Accountability candidacy and medical school admission being denied.
  • No exceptions will be made to deadlines. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all appropriate and supporting documents for complete file review for the Social Accountability consideration. Failure to do so will result in disqualification for the Social Accountability Initiative.



  • Why should I apply to this initiative? What is the general process?

Application for the Social Accountability Initiative is voluntary. Once the Social Accountability application is reviewed, and accepted by the Admissions Office, LSES eligibility is confirmed. Candidates will then compete for the two reserved seats. Academic and non-academic file review for these seats is identical to the other general admissions.

  • What happens to my application if I do not qualify for the Social Accountability Initiative?

If you do not qualify for the reserved seats, your application will be processed as a general application for the stream/program you would be applying to (Francophone, Anglophone, Indigenous, or MD/PhD).

  • Can I apply to both the Social Accountability Initiative and the Consortium National de Formation en Santé (CNFS) program?

Candidates who qualify for the CNFS program should apply to that respective stream as it already holds reserved seats. Therefore, they will not be considered for the Social Accountability seats.

  • What if I can’t get my parents’ notice of assessment/proof of income statement?

The Social Accountability application requires disclosure of financial information for your living parents. Unless they are deceased, parental information is required regardless of your age, tax filing status (dependent or independent), marital status, parent(s) country of residence, or your parent’s willingness to provide financial information.

  • Where can I get a notice of assessment?

To obtain a notice of assessment, individuals must use the CRA’s My Account service. They may access the service directly by visiting the CRA website:

  • What if my parents don’t live in Canada? How do I declare their income?

If your parents live outside of Canada, you may include a note to this effect as part of an explanatory letter to be submitted with your application. Satisfactory proof of income is still required and must be declared in Canadian dollars.

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