Canadian Medical Association

CMA activity and submissions


August 2, 2019

CMA submission: Acting on Today’s and Tomorrow’s Health Care Needs

The CMA’s pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance provides recommendations to improve access to primary care, better prepare for and mitigate the health impacts of a changing climate, and more

May 13, 2019

CMA report: Regional Member Forums

A summary of the CMA’s cross-country meetings with members, along with online discussions, touching on the need for a national approach to health human resource planning and more

May 8, 2019

CMA commissioned survey: Canadians’ health care concerns

Polling results reveal Canadians’ biggest concerns with the health care system, including wait times, a shortage of health professionals and overcrowded hospitals

March 2, 2019

CMA endorses “A New Vision for Canada: Family Practice − The Patient's Medical Home 2019”

This report from the College of Family Physicians of Canada is intended to guide governments and policy-makers on structuring a primary health care system to best meet the needs of Canadians

January 31, 2019

CMA statement on report from Ontario Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine

The CMA responds to the council’s report on needed improvements to the health care system, underscoring the inequities facing at-risk populations, rural and remote Canadians, and seniors

May 25, 2018

CMA letter to Ontario political party leaders

The CMA calls on leaders to take action to reduce wait times and address the growing number of Canadian medical graduates without residency training positions

November 14, 2017

CMA statement on reducing number of unmatched medical students in Canada

The CMA supports actions by the Canadian Deans of Medicine to reduce the number of unmatched Canadian medical graduates and improve flexibility for medical resident transfers

May 20, 2016

Joint CMA & Canadian Psychiatric Association policy: Access to mental health care

The CMA and Canadian Psychiatric Association provide a series of recommendations for stakeholders and governments to ensure Canadians have timely access to mental health treatment and support

May 12, 2016

CMA submission: Reducing barriers to physician mobility and for a more uniformed health care system in Canada

The CMA puts forward a series of recommendations for the federal government to help reduce barriers to mobility of physicians and enhance uniform access to care

March 25, 2015

Accessibility: the solution lies in cooperation

A joint brief from the CMA and the Québec Medical Association on improving access to health care in the province of Quebec

October 25, 2014

Streamlining patient flow from primary to specialty care: a critical requirement for improved access to specialty care

This CMA policy outlines existing challenges and identifies solutions to facilitate appropriate, timely and informative communication between referring physicians and consulting specialists

May 24, 2014

Management of physician fatigue

This CMA policy explores the impact of physician fatigue on patient care, and the need for strategies to help address it at the individual, organizational and system level

May 9, 2012

CMA submission: A Doctor for Every Canadian − Better Planning for Canada's Health Human Resources

The CMA underscores the need for a pan-Canadian approach to ensure adequate health human resources, in support of a sustainable health care system

October 23, 2011

Principles for health system governance

This CMA policy provides principles and recommendations for developing, implementing and evaluating health system governance models to help deliver high quality care

August 13, 2010

Healthy Canadians lead to a Productive Economy: Canadian Medical Association 2011 pre-budget consultation submission

A series of recommendations for federal investments to makes the health care system more effective, accountable and sustainable, and better meet Canadians’ needs

Tools & Resources


2017 CMA Workforce Survey results

The survey collected information from physicians on workload, practice settings, remuneration methods, waiting times, use of information technology, employment and more


A snapshot of Canada’s physicians: Facts and statistics

Everything from the number of physicians working in Canada, to demographics and specialty numbers, workload and remuneration