Full license in Canada without MCCQEs (a path of least resistance).

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For the poor souls of the generation to come after me I shall write this down.

If you are in residency in the US and are planning to come back to Canada, but have not taken the QE exams and, therefore, have no LMCC qualification, there is still a way to be licensed for independent practice in all (but one) provinces.

1. Take the RCPSC exam in your specialty the same year you take your board exams in the US.
2. Get a full license in your jurisdiction (state).
3. Apply for a full license in a province, which takes USMLEs in lieu of MCCQEs (at the time of writing these are Nova Scotia, British Columbia and New Brunswick; check each provincial college for the exact requirements as they change over the years)
4. Once you get a full license in BC or NS (or any other province), apply for an independent license/certificate in the province of choice (CPSO, CPSA, etc.) through a Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

You shall prevail!

Sincerely Yours,
Oberarzt Benedict von Schmutz
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So I am in the process of doing this, but from Australia.

I am not writing my MCC exams and am about to get a full license via New Brunswick as I have CCFP (via reciprocal agreement recognizing my FRACGP in Australia). I will then use my full license in NB to get a full license in ON via the CFTA. NB is the only province offering full licenses to all candidates with CCFP without requiring LMCC.
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