Medical Council of Canada

A pan-Canadian PRA assessment framework

A pan-Canadian PRA assessment framework

Pan-Canadian NAC PRA: An overview

Pan-Canadian PRA involves the development and maintenance of PRA standards, tools and materials. The program has met some important milestones, including:

  • The development of clinical assessment tools and a comprehensive clinical assessor training program
  • The creation of more rigorous selection assessments, to determine assessment program eligibility
  • The launch of an orientation portal focusing on the practice of medicine in Canada, and particularly the communication and cultural competencies required for success
  • The development of a research agenda to support evidence-based policy decision making

The first phase of the project involved cataloguing the various program elements already in place across jurisdictions in Canada. See the environmental scan for more information.

Family MedicineInternal Medicine and Psychiatry PRA standards have been approved. The Therapeutic Decision-Making Blueprint is also available below.

All of these successes have occurred thanks to the collaboration and dedication of PRA programs, the NAC PRA Committee, medical regulatory authorities, the certification colleges and associated specialty committees as well as other partners from across Canada, including initial project funding from Health Canada.


Fee to support pan-Canadian PRA

To support this ongoing work and ensure sustainability of the program, the NAC began charging a candidate a fee of $1,750 as of January 1, 2018. The fee is incurred whenever a candidate enters a PRA clinical over-time assessment period.

For more information,  see this PRA fact sheet.

NAC PRA Committee membership
Chair Dr. Jon Witt
Members Dr. Anna Ziomek Dr. Fiona Bergin
Dr. Brent Kvern Dr. Isabelle Tardif
Dr. Carl Sparrow Dr. Jack Burak
Ms. Chantal Benoit Ms. Jill Hastings
Dr. Claire Touchie Dr. Julian Midgley
Dr. Elizabeth Bannister Dr. Martina Reslerova


An annual electronic publication, the NAC PRA newsletter, highlights the project activities that took place over the course of the year.