Sponsored professor


If you are an international medical graduate (IMG) and have an academic profile that meets an exceptional need, you may apply for a restrictive permit if you obtain a sponsored professor position in one of Quebec’s four faculties of medicine.

This step must be completed before you submit your application. The permit will be valid for the duration of your contract and may be converted subject to the applicable terms and conditions.
Conversion of a permit

A restrictive permit, pursuant to section 35 of the Medical Act, is issued by the Collège des médecins du Québec in accordance with guidelines established for sponsored professors (in French only).


  • You have a Doctor of Medicine degree or an equivalent degree from a school or faculty listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) published by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
  • You have completed postgraduate training that is roughly equivalent to that required in Quebec for the specialty for which the restrictive permit application is being submitted.
  • You have a specialist’s certificate (or equivalent title) in the discipline for which the restrictive permit application is being submitted.
  • You have practiced competently in the area of medical expertise for which the restrictive permit application is being submitted for 12 months during the two years preceding your application.
  • You have provided proof of French language proficiency (see Exemption criteria)
  • You have successfully completed the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) examination. Examination required. If you fail the exam, you must sit the exam again every year before you renew your restrictive permit.
  • You completed the ALDO-Québec educational activity before obtaining your permit.
To submit an application:

You must open a personal account on physiciansapply.ca, complete an Application for medical registration and choose the type of request Restrictive permit, specify "Professor sponsored by a Québec Faculty of Medicine" and submit the Documents required.

Criteria for the immediate withdrawal of a restrictive permit without further formality:

- The permit holder is struck off or requests that his name be removed from the Roll of the CMQ;
- The permit holder no longer has privileges in an institution, confirmed by a resolution of the institution’s board of directors;
- The permit holder ceases to practice;
- The permit holder does not have a sponsored professor position in a Quebec university, irrespective of the institution he has privileges in.

For information, write to: permisfqc@cmq.org

Last update: May 22, 2019