Working knowledge of the French language

McGill University medical graduates

Applicants for licensure in the Province of Québec must have a working knowledge of the French language. According to the terms of the article 35 of The Charter of the French Language, you will have to submit one of the following documents when you apply for a permit to practice medicine (original document or certified true copy):

  • A Medical Degree (M.D.) from a university whose language of instruction is French; or
  • An official document (record of marks) proving that you have followed a full time course of instruction starting from the secondary level for at least three years in a French language institution; or
  • An official document (record of marks) from the ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport proving that you have obtained a certificat d’études secondaires from Québec after the 1985-1986 school year; or
  • An official document (record of marks) from the ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport proving that you have succeeded the "Français, langue maternelle" examination in your fourth or fifth grade in the secondary level course*.

*The Charter of the French Language, L.R.Q., c. C-11, art. 35.

If you cannot submit any of these documents, you will have to sit for the French test held at the Office québécois de la langue française. In order to obtain the required application form to register for the test, you have to contact the Collège des médecins du Québec at the following number: 514 933-4253. You have to complete the application form and send it back to the Collège des médecins du Québec.

Then, to take an appointment for the test, you will have to contact the Office québécois de la langue française by calling 514 873-4734 or by forwarding an email to the following address: oqlf_op@oqlf.gouv.qc.ca. If you are successful, an attestation will be sent to the Collège and kept in your file until you submit your application for a permit to practice in the Province of Québec.

You will find information related to French courses in the Web site of the Office québécois de la langue française.

IMPORTANT NOTE: No temporary permit may be issued to a McGill University graduate and this since December 31, 1980, as stipulated in Article 39 of the Charter of the French language.


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