As the voice of family medicine in Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) actively promotes family medicine and primary care to elected officials and decision-makers.
Health care, and in particular primary care and family medicine, is dynamic. New technologies, new policies, new evidence, new ways of practicing medicine impact the way family doctors work. As the voice of family medicine in Canada, we work with elected officials and key federal decision-makers to ensure that they are kept apprised of new developments in family medicine as well as new initiatives and policy papers by us.
Our Health Policy and Government Relations Department monitors federal and provincial politics, keeping current on policies and legislation that affect primary care and family medicine. At times we collaborate with other medical and health care organizations to influence policies and laws.
When necessary, senior leaders from the CFPC meet with Members of Parliament and members of the public service.
We also serve as a resource for our provincial chapters.
Letter to Federal Health Minister Regarding Faulty Birth Control in Canada
On April 19, 2013, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada wrote a letter to Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, regarding the debacle of faulty birth control that reached consumers in Canada, and the inquiry into the undue delay in notifying women and their health care providers of the error. Read the letter.
Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
On February 8, 2013, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) wrote a letter to Ms. Libby Davies MP in support of Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada. Read the letter.
In partnership with numerous health care organizations and citizen groups, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) signed on a joint statement of support for Bill C-460, the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act. Read the statement.
Parliamentary proceedings on Bill C-460:
CFPC Letter to the Hon. Scott Brison MP, Regarding Income Inequality
On February 15, 2013, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) wrote a letter to The Honourable Scott Brison MP in support of motion M-315, which directed the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) to undertake a study on the effects of income inequality. Read the letter.
CFPC Letter to the Federal Health Minister Regarding Generic Forms of OxyContin
On November 21, 2012, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) wrote a letter to federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, responding to her recent announcement regarding the release of generic forms of OxyContin. Read the letter.
Letter to Prime Minister concerning the reduction of Canadian sodium consumption
In cooperation with our national health care colleagues, the CFPC is pleased to support a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding a plan to reduce sodium consumption by Canadians in the interest of their health and well-being. Read the letter.
CFPC’s 2012 pre-budget submission
On August 12, 2011, the CFPC submitted its 2012 pre-budget brief to the Standing Committee on Finance. The brief presented three recommendations focusing on timely access, chronic disease management, and value for money. Read the submission.
Letter to the Prime Minister regarding asbestos
On June 14, 2011, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, and The Canadian National Specialty Society for Community Medicine(NSSCM) wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper stating that Canada must eliminate asbestos production and exportation, and encourage economic activity that does not endanger the public’s health.
Read the letter.
Letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney
In cooperation with 8 national health practitioner organizations, the CFPC sent a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney responding to the government’s decision to cancel supplemental health benefits for refugee claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Read the letter.