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Place of Residence

Admission to the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine undergraduate MD program is determined based on four applicant categories: one for each Maritime province (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and a fourth for Non-Maritime residence which includes all other Canadian provinces and territories.

Residency Policy

The governments of the Maritime provinces provide funding for a certain number of seats from each province. Residence of the Maritime provinces is defined by this policy.

You are a resident if you meet the following:

  • You are a Canadian citizen or a Canadian Permanent Resident and
  • You are an independent student** (see definition below) and have resided continuously in the Maritime provinces for two periods of twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the start of the medical program (Aug 15 for the purposes of determining residency). This excludes time spent as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution or
  • You are a dependent student** (see definition below) and your parents, or guardian resided in the Maritime provinces for two periods of twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the start of the medical program (Aug 15 for the purpose of determining residency).  
Definitions**:

For the purposes of this policy, the term:
  • "Full-time student" means you are enrolled in a post-secondary education program for at least 60% of the regular course load, or 40% if you are disabled, including internships and practicum's.
  • "Independent student" means you meet, at minimum, one of the following conditions:
    • have been out of high school for four years
    • have been in the work force for two periods of 12 consecutive months and were not a full-time student during this period
    • are or were married or common-law
    • have a dependent living with you
    • have no legal guardian or parents are deceased
    • are a permanent ward of a child and family services agency
  • "Dependent student" means you are considered to be financially dependent on parent(s) or guardian(s) and do not meet the criteria of an independent student

**Please note Independent or Dependent Student status is determined by an individual's status at the time of the start of the academic medical program for which they are applying.

Applicants are required to give complete information on their residency status at the time of application.