About Membership

View a list of membership classes and fees.

*For Territorial, Out-of-Country, and Affiliate Specialist members, Chapter membership is encouraged but is optional. Associate members may opt in to belong to a Chapter of their choice.

Category

Definition

Renewal

CPD Requirements

Active Member

A licensed physician in good standing who is engaged in the practice of family medicine, and who pays annual fees as set by the Board, fulfills CPD requirements, and belongs to both the National College and a Chapter. (Some exceptions regarding Chapter membership exist, as outlined in Board

Annually at the member’s birth month

Two hundred and fifty (250) credits must be submitted in each five-year cycle, at least 125 of which must be certified Mainpro+® credits from any category (Group Learning, Self–Learning, or Assessment). Twenty-five (25) credits (certified or non-certified in any category) must be submitted each year. 

Affiliate Specialist MemberA licensed physician in good standing whose primary practice is a specialty other than family medicine and who holds certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or another certifying body recognized by the College, who pays annual fees set by the Board and fulfills CPD requirements, and who may or may not choose to belong to a Chapter in addition to belonging to the College. Annually at the member’s birth monthSame annual and cycle reporting requirements as “Active Members”; however, Affiliate Specialist Members may submit credits from equivalent programs (eg, Royal College) in lieu of Mainpro+ credits. Transcripts from the Royal College will be accepted in lieu of manually entry of the credits.

Resident Member 

A physician enrolled as a resident in an approved postgraduate training program in family medicine, or a physician who was previously a member of the College and is now enrolled as a resident in an approved postgraduate training program in a medical discipline other than family medicine, and who pays an annual fee as set by the Board, fulfills CPD requirements, and belongs to both the National College and a Chapter.

Annually, each July; terminates upon end of enrolment in an approved postgraduate training program

N/A

Student Member

An individual enrolled in a Canadian university faculty of medicine undergraduate program leading to the MD degree who formally indicates an interest in College membership, pays an annual fee as determined by the Board, and is not required to fulfill CPD requirements. Student Members belong to both the National College and a Chapter.Annually each July; terminates upon end of enrolment in an approved undergraduate training program

N/A

Senior Member

A licensed physician in good standing, aged 65 or older, who has been a member in good standing for at least 10 consecutive years, who is actively engaged in providing medical care to patients or who is active in another medical or medically related field of endeavour, and who pays an annual fee as set by the Board, fulfills CPD requirements as set by the Board, and belongs to both the National College and a Chapter. 

Annually at the member’s birth monthSame as Active Member
Retired Member A physician who is no longer actively engaged in providing medical care to patients nor actively involved in any other medical or medically related field of endeavour, who does not pay an annual fee, is not required to fulfill CPD requirements, and belongs to both the National College and a Chapter.Annually at the member’s birth monthN/A

Associate Member

An individual or health professional other than a family physician who works in collaboration with family physicians in clinical practice or academic departments of family medicine, who pays an annual fee as determined by the Board and does not fulfill CPD requirements. An Associate Member may choose whether or not to become a Member of the Chapter in his or her province in addition to being a Member of the National College.

Annually at the member’s birth monthN/A

Sustaining Member

[This class has been phased out. However, those who were members in this group prior to 2009 may continue with this status.]
A physician who is not actively engaged in providing medical care to patients but who is actively engaged in another medical or medically related field of endeavour who pays an annual fee as set by the Board, fulfills CPD requirements, and belongs to both the National College and a Chapter.

Annually at the member’s birth month

Sustaining Members (from January 1, 2005–2008), like Active Members prior to January 1, 2005, are not required to submit CPD credits, though doing so is highly recommended.

Public Member A Member of the public with a role on the CFPC Board and/or its Committees, who does not pay annual fees or fulfill CPD requirements and who may or may not choose to become a Member of the Chapter in his or her province in addition to being a Member of the National College.Annually at the member’s birth monthN/A

 

The CFPC Board has approved membership for international medical graduates who are enrolled in a Provincial Ministry of Health and/or university approved assessment/training program leading to the obtention of a license to practice. To be eligible for membership, these physicians must demonstrate that they are enrolled in such a program by providing (i) a letter from their Program Director, (ii) proof of an educational license and (iii) a $100 membership fee payment. Please contact [email protected].

Special consideration is available on request to Active members who are either working part-time (less than 20 hours per week, with no other source of professional income) or who will be absent from practice for a period longer than four months. Reasons for practice absence include maternity or other parental leave, illness, disability, or absence from the country for work-related activities. Sabbatical leave does not qualify. Members must apply annually to receive a reduced fee. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Family physicians whose main practice or residence is in another country are eligible for CFPC membership as an “out-of-country” member.

For membership fees, please contact the Membership Department at 1-800-387-6197, email [email protected], or visit www.cfpc.ca.

 

 

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