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.

ClassDefinitionRenewal CME/CPD Requirements
Active MemberA licensed physician in good standing who is engaged in the practice of family medicine, 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 policy.)Annually at the member’s birth month250 credits (total of Mainpro-M1, M2, and/or MC) must be submitted in each five-year cycle, at least 125 credits must be Mainpro-M1 and/or Mainpro-C. Effective January 2013, 25 credits (M1, M2, and/or MC) 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 as “Active Member”; credits from equivalent programs (eg, Royal College) may be submitted in lieu of MAINPRO®
Resident MemberA 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 ceasing to be enrolled in an approved postgraduate training programN/A
Student MemberAn 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 ceasing to be enrolled in an approved undergraduate training programN/A
Senior MemberA 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"
Retired Member A physician who is no longer actively engaged in providing medical care to patients nor is 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 MemberAn 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, 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 monthSustaining members (from January 1, 2005–2008). Same as “Active Member” (prior to January 1, 2005) submission of CPD credits highly recommended but not mandatory
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

 

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