Family physicians across Canada make up the College. Membership is growing steadily, and as of January 2016, tallied more than 35,000 family physicians, students and residents. More than 23,000 family physicians have earned certification in family medicine and hold the CCFP designation. The College has 10 provincial chapters and sections for teachers, researchers, family physicians with special interests or focused practices, residents and medical students. Many members also serve on national and/or provincial committees, which are the primary driving force in the development of family medicine policy, programs, education, research, and advocacy initiatives.