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Information for foreign-trained medical laboratory technologists


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Information on requirements to practice

The profession of medical laboratory technologist is regulated in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, where regulatory bodies (also called regulatory colleges) establish the rules and regulations that determine who may practice as a medical laboratory technologist. Their primary role is to protect the public. If you wish to work as a technologist in any of these provinces, you must be registered with the regulatory body (see list below).

The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) works in partnership with provincial regulatory bodies but is a completely separate organization. Its primary role is to advocate and certify people in the profession. This certification is accepted across Canada and is required in the provinces and territories that do not yet have an individual regulatory body.

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
P.O. Box 2830, LCD 1
Hamilton ON   L8N 3N8   Canada
Phone : 905-528-8642
Phone (alternate): 1-800-263-8277
Fax : 905-528-4968
Email : pla@csmls.org

CSMLS certifies in the following disciplines:

  • General Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Diagnostic Cytology
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant

General Medical Laboratory Technologists must be competent in these five disciplines: clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical microbiology, transfusion science, and histotechnology. Diagnostic cytology technologists must be competent in both gynecological and non-gynecological analysis. Clinical genetics technologists must be competent in both cytogenetics and molecular genetics.

Eligibility requirements to the CSMLS Medical Laboratory Technology certification examinations involve completion of an accredited educational program or a two-step prior learning assessment process to evaluate their education, training and work experience for equivalency (Seehttp://www.csmls.org/Certification/Certification-Process/IEMLT.aspx?lang=en-CA).

Information on assessment of qualifications

CSMLS has a prior learning assessment process available to foreign-trained medical laboratory technologists before or after arrival in Canada. For further information on this process, consult their online information athttp://www.csmls.org/Certification/Certification-Process/IEMLT.aspx?lang=en-CA, or contact CSMLS:

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
P.O. Box 2830, LCD 1
Hamilton ON   L8N 3N8   Canada
Phone : 905-528-8642
Phone (alternate): 1-800-263-8277
Fax : 905-528-4968
Email : pla@csmls.org

You should note that if you are already licensed to practise your occupation in a province or territory of Canada, and later wish to work in a non-regulated occupation, employers may request that you provide them with a formal assessment of your academic credentials.

If that is the case, or if you wish to have your credentials assessed for a purpose other than practising a regulated occupation in Canada, you may consult our Fact Sheet No. 2, “Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada” and contact an academic credential evaluation service. Although evaluation services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained abroad compare with academic credentials obtained in Canada, their evaluations are advisory only and do not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for employment or certification purposes in Canada. Please note that evaluation services charge a fee for their assessments.

Information on assessment for immigration purposes, under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the department responsible for immigration to Canada.

CIC has listed this profession (NOC 3211) as an eligible occupation under the FSWP. To apply for immigration to Canada under this program, one of the requirements* is to obtain an “Educational Credential Assessment” (ECA) for immigration purposes from a CIC-designated organization. We invite you to communicate directly with one of the designated organizations to begin this process from outside Canada.

*It is important to note that this requirement is for immigration purposes only. It is separate from the process to obtain a license to practice from the relevant regulatory body listed below. Obtaining a license to practice is not required to apply for immigration.

Specific provincial/territorial information

Other relevant information

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Profile for:

flechevertehaut.gif List of provincial regulatory bodies


Alberta College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (ACMLT)
301-9426 51 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB   T6E 5A6   Canada
Phone : 780-435-5452
Phone (alternate): 1-800-265-9351
Fax : 780-437-1442
Email : info@acmlt.org


College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM)
146-2025 Corydon Avenue
Winnipeg MB   R3P 0N5   Canada
Phone : 204-231-0311
Fax : 204-489-7300
Email : cmltm@cmltm.ca

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT)
P.O Box 1812
Moncton NB   E1C 9X6   Canada
Phone : 506-758-9956
Fax : 506-758-9963
Email : registrar@nbsmlt.nb.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador College of Medical Laboratory Sciences (NLCMLS)
P.O. Box 39057, 430 Topsail Road
St. John’s NL   A1E 5Y7   Canada
Phone : 709-754-8324

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT)
25 Wentworth Street, Suite 205
Dartmouth NS   B2Y 2S7   Canada
Phone : 902-453-9605
Phone (alternate): 1-888-897-4095
Fax : 902-454-3535
Email : nscmltoffice@ns.aliantzinc.ca


College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)
36 Toronto Street, Suite 950
Toronto ON   M5C 2C5   Canada
Phone : 416-861-9605
Phone (alternate): 1-800-323-9672
Fax : 416-861-0934
Email : mail@cmlto.com


Ordre professionnel des technologistes médicaux du Québec (OPTMQ)
281, avenue Laurier Est
Montréal QC   H2T 1G2   Canada
Phone : 514-527-9811
Phone (alternate): 1-800-567-7763
Fax : 514-527-7314
Email : optmq@optmq.org


Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT)
P.O. Box 3837
Regina SK   S4P 3R8   Canada
Phone : 306-352-6791
Phone (alternate): 1-877-334-3301
Fax : 306-352-6791
Email : exec.dir@ssmlt.ca

flechevertehaut.gif List of provincial and territorial associations

British Columbia

British Columbia Society of Laboratory Science (BCSLS)
720-999 West Broadway Avenue
Vancouver BC   V5Z 1K5   Canada
Phone : 604-714-1760
Phone (alternate): 1-800-304-0033
Fax : 604-738-4080
Email : bcsls@bcsls.net


Manitoba Association of Medical Laboratory Science (MAMLS)
585 London Street
Winnipeg MB   R2K 2Z6   Canada
Phone : 204-669-9050
Fax : 204-667-1747
Email : mamls@mts.net


Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT)
234 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 402
Toronto ON   M4P 1K5   Canada
Phone : 416-485-6768
Phone (alternate): 1-800-461-6768
Fax : 416-485-7660
Email : osmt@osmt.org

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (PEISMT)
c/o QE Hospital
P.O. Box 6600
Charlottetown PE   C1A 8T5   Canada
Phone : 902-894-2300
Fax : 902-894-2385
Email : peismt@gmail.com
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