Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is leading a national movement of physicians who believe in a better future of health.

Our goal is a more sustainable, accessible health system — more urgently needed than ever — and a new culture of medicine that champions equity, diversity and inclusion.

Our work is informed by the tens of thousands of doctors, residents and medical students across the country. Together, they reflect a range of backgrounds, types of practice and locations — rural, remote and urban.

We also collaborate across the health sector, with professional organizations representing the many people who deliver care alongside physicians and with networks of the patients and caregivers they serve.

Our national role

Our health system is under unprecedented pressure. The change we need cannot happen without collaboration between all levels of government and health professions.

The CMA is committed to leading that change — by bringing the right people together to tackle the complex challenges we face, by championing solutions through research, analysis and engagement, by supporting others through charitable giving, and by influencing health policy.

Read more about our strategy and our areas of focus.

Land acknowledgment

In recognition of the unceded homeland and territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation, the CMA unveiled a land acknowledgment statement and plaque at its Ottawa headquarters in June 2023 — a process guided by Algonquin community members. Learn more about the CMA’s land acknowledgment and our work towards reconciliation.

Our movement

CMA members are at the heart of a broad network of influencers driving a better future of health. This includes physicians, medical learners and other health professionals on the front lines of care. It also includes partners across the health sector, and contributions to both critical policymaking groups in Canada and global health organizations.

Learn more about why membership matters.

Who we are

Our leadership team, including our president and board of directors, sets our strategic priorities — ensuring all policies, actions and activities advance our vision of a vibrant medical profession and a healthy population in Canada. This vision is brought to life through our group of companies, publications and collaborators.

Learn more about us

What we do

As a thought leader and influencer, we drive change to improve health, the health system and support the health workforce in Canada. 

Learn more about how the CMA is making an impact

How we’re governed

We leverage progressive governance processes to maintain our accountability to members, help us communicate effectively and drive bold action on priority issues.

See how we’re governed

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