The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) delivers exclusive benefits to its members—programs, services, resources, and funding—developed by the College specifically for family physicians.
In addition to offering professional development that enables lifelong learning, the College advocates for family physicians on emerging issues in health care that affect family medicine and recognizes their achievements through honours, awards, and Special Designations. The CFPC also provides support for family physicians, residents , and medical students at every stage of their career.
Maintenance of Special Designations
To maintain and continue using any special designation, all members (with the exception of Honorary members) must:
- Fulfil the College's continuing professional development (CPD) requirements as determined by the College Board and as defined by the bylaws for the class of membership to which they individually belong
- Hold a medical license in good standing with the applicable licensing body as defined by the class of membership to which they individually belong
- Be in good standing with the CFPC
Continuing Professional Development
Members have access to these CPD tools and resources as part of their membership or at a reduced rate:
The Section of Teachers (SOT) provides faculty development opportunities, networking events, a newsletter, and resources for family medicine teachers across the education continuum.
The Section of Researchers (SOR) promotes and facilitates family medicine research.
Programs within the Member Interest Group Section (MIGS) link members with similar practice interests in particular domains of care.
The First Five Years in Family Practice (FFYFP) Committee supports early-career family physicians by sharing resources on clinical practice, practice management, and work/life balance, as well as tools specific to each province.
The Section of Residents (SoR) acts as a liaison between the CFPC and family medicine residents across Canada. The first year of resident membership is free.
The Section of Medical Students (SOMS) links the College with medical students at each medical school across Canada. Student membership in the CFPC is free.
The CFPC is the voice of family medicine in Canada. The CFPC advocates for members by actively promoting family medicine and primary care to elected officials and other decision makers. The College also collaborates with other health care organizations to advance health care initiatives.
Canadian Family Physician (CFP)
The official journal of the College, CFP is the only peer-reviewed medical journal in Canada devoted to the specialty of family medicine. Content consists of commentaries, clinical reviews, practical articles, and research articles specific to family medicine. CFP informs members on current issues in the discipline of family medicine.
CFPC members are also members of the provincial Chapter where they reside. The CFPC supports members through their provincial Chapter offices. The CFPC and the provincial Chapters work with federal and provincial governments, other health care organizations, and family medicine academic and research communities. The Chapters host Annual Scientific Assemblies (ASAs) to provide valuable CPD sessions, programs, and networking opportunities.
Committees and working groups
The CFPC has more than 50 committees and working groups dedicated to supporting family physicians and the discipline of family medicine. Members of the College are welcome to participate on College committees and working groups.
A monthly newsletter, eNews keeps members informed on current events in family medicine, the CFPC, and Chapter events and initiatives.
Honours and Awards
CFPC members are awarded more than $500,000 in research grants and awards every year through the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM).
Through the CFPC's library services, members may request assistance with literature searches and sourcing articles.
The CFPC provides leadership and networking opportunities throughout the year at provincial Chapters' ASAs and during FMF.
Your member voice
Join the CFPC ePanel to contribute opinions to CFPC policies and priorities.
Special fee consideration
Special consideration may be available upon request to Active members who are either working part-time (fewer 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 during the same billing period.
- 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 during the billing period to receive the reduced fee. The CFPC will not reimburse members after the billing period. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Certification and designations
Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)
The College may grant certification in the CCFP to College members who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Successful completion of residency training accredited by the CFPC and a pass on the CFPC Certification Examination in Family Medicine or an approved equivalent
- Meet the College's criteria for practice-eligible candidates as determined by the College Board
- Successful completion of discipline-specific training in family medicine in a jurisdiction other than Canada that has been approved as equivalent to accredited Canadian training in family medicine; must also hold certification in family medicine or the equivalent qualification from a jurisdiction other than Canada and that is judged to be equivalent to certification in the CFPC
Eligible members may add CCFP to the list of credentials that follows their name.
Members who were awarded a Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine prior to 1987, the date the College first required Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada, may append (EM) after CCFP [e.g., CCFP (EM)].
Members awarded other Certificates of Added Competence, may append those initials after the CCFP [e.g., for Care of the Elderly: CCFP (COE)].
Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (MCFP)
The College may grant the designation of Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (MCFP) to members in good standing in any class of membership that requires ongoing CPD as a condition of maintaining College membership. Retired members may continue to use any Special Designation held at retirement.
Eligible members may add MCFP to the list of credentials that follows their name.
Members awarded a Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine prior to 1987—the date the College first required Certification in the CFPC—may append (EM) after MCFP [e.g., MCFP (EM)].
Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP)
The CFPC accepts Fellowship nominations/applications each year from January to March 31st. Members who currently hold Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians (FCFP) do not need to reapply.
The CFPC awards the FCFP to those who have been awarded CCFP and who distinguish themselves through outstanding contributions to their communities, their colleagues, and the discipline of family medicine. Fellowship is considered a value of membership and will be bestowed for life as long as the member remains in good standing with the College.
Criteria for Fellowship nomination
- Must be an active CFPC member in good standing and hold the CCFP designation for a minimum of 10 years prior to the Fellowship nomination
- Must demonstrate a commitment to at least four of the seven CanMEDS-FM roles (Leader, Collaborator, Communicator, Health Advocate, Scholar, Family Medicine Expert, Professional)
- Must demonstrate significant contributions to, or through, family medicine such as dedication to the broad range of competencies demonstrated by outstanding family physicians, and to upholding the Four Principles of Family Medicine , namely:
- Demonstrating clinical expertise
- Serving as a community resource
- Serving as a resource to a defined group of patients
- Building and nurturing the patient-physician relationship in practice
The modified approach to Fellowship
In 2015 the CFPC announced changes to the Fellowship application process as a result of the move from Mainpro® to Mainpro+®. As of January 2016 the Fellowship designation transitioned from a Mainpro credit-based criterion to an annual nomination system, as outlined above. To accommodate members who were working toward Fellowship under the Mainpro criterion the College offers a modified approach to Fellowship, which has been extended to the 2023 application year.
Eligibility for the modified approach to Fellowship
- Must be an active CFPC member in good standing
- Before the application period closes in March 2023 the member must have held the CCFP designation for a minimum of 10 years
- As of December 31, 2015, the member must have:
- Been in their second consecutive five-year Mainpro cycle
- Completed 25 Mainpro-C credits in their two most recent five-year cycles
Members who are eligible for the modified approach may apply for the Fellowship designation once they have held their CCFP designation for 10 years. The Fellowship Council does not review applications through the modified approach to Fellowship.
Learn more about the Fellowship application process, review dates, eligibility criteria, or how to join the Fellowship Council on the CFPC Fellowship website.
Information for current Fellows
The CFPC recognizes that collectively, Fellows are a valuable resource to the College. With this in mind, the Fellowship Council has been established; it is a voluntary advisory body to which all CFPC Fellows are invited to belong. Any CFPC member in good standing, who holds the FCFP designation, is eligible to participate in the Fellowship Council (including those that are retired from active practice, living abroad, etc.).
The Council provides an opportunity to network with other Fellows and Council members can also elect to participate in the process of awarding the FCFP designation to future Fellows by joining one of the nomination assessment committees. There are three committees that have been established to support the Fellowship process: the Nominations Review Committee, the Adjudication Committee, and the Appeals Committee.
Fellows may add FCFP to the list of credentials that follows their name.
Certificates of Added Competence (CACs)
The CFPC is the professional home for family physicians who provide comprehensive, continuing care to their patients as well as family physicians who focus some or all of their practices in certain domains of care that help meet the needs of their patients and communities. While maintaining pride as family physicians and trained generalists, the College acknowledges that the delivery of family medicine services is evolving.
Certificates of Added Competence (CACs) provide a means of recognizing those family physicians who have achieved a defined level of competence and a commitment to maintenance of enhanced skills in certain domains of care. Members who hold CACs are a valued resource to other family physicians and to patients.
A CAC credential is conferred by the CFPC and upon receiving this credential, family physicians are authorized to use the CAC designation as long as they maintain their competence through continuing professional development.
CAC domains of care Designation Addiction Medicine CCFP (AM)/MCFP (AM) Care of the Elderly CCFP (COE)/MCFP (COE) Emergency Medicine CCFP (EM)/MCFP (EM) Family Practice Anesthesia CCFP (FPA)/MCFP (FPA) Palliative Care CCFP (PC)/MCFP (PC) Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) CCFP (SEM) MCFP
Life Membership (LM)
Life Membership (LM) recognizes family physicians who are 70 years of age or older and have been College members in good standing for at least 10 consecutive years immediately prior to the date of nomination. Life members are not required to pay annual membership fees. However, for as long as they are still in active practice, they must continue to document and submit Mainpro+ credits.
Life members may add LM following their names and special designation [e.g., CCFP (LM)].