Newfoundland & Labrador

Definition of a Newfoundland and Labrador Resident

As annouced by the provincial government on July 3, 2024, the class size for August 2024 is increasing to 85 from 80 and from 85 to 90 in August 2025. Please see complete details here

Admissions preference is given to permanent residents of Newfoundland and Labrador at the time of their application to the Faculty of Medicine.

The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and must meet at least one of the following two criteria:

  1. Within twelve (12) years of the date of application, the applicant has completed four (4) years of junior high/high school between grade 7 and Level III in Newfoundland and Labrador. This includes those students who are deemed to have met Newfoundland and Labrador junior high/high school requirements through other equivalent means (e.g. homeschooling) in the Province. Proof of completion of high school in Newfoundland and Labrador via an official government-issued or local school transcript may be required.
  2. At the time of application to the Faculty of Medicine and, for at least the immediate three prior years, the permanent address** for the applicant is located in Newfoundland and Labrador while not attending a post-secondary institution on either a part-time or full-time basis. Applicants may be required to provide evidence of permanent home address in the Province in the form of government-issued documents.

**An applicant’s ‘permanent address’ is defined as:

  • the address where one physically resides for at least 10 months each year for the last 3 consecutive years immediately prior to application while not attending a post-secondary institution;


  • the address within 100km of one’s employment for the last 3 years immediately prior to application while not attending a post-secondary institution.

Please note that this definition will be reviewed every 2 years.

Any applicant applying as a Newfoundland and Labrador resident without an established recent history of actively living in the Province will be contacted for further information. You must clearly demonstrate that you satisfy the criteria above.

If an applicant supplies incomplete, false or misleading information, the Faculty of Medicine reserves the right to retroactively reassess, revoke the status of, and take disciplinary action against the student, according to the Memorial University Code.

An applicant is expected to claim the same place of residence on all applications to medical schools.

Effective June 1, 2021