Canadian Medical Association

How we govern our association is key to realizing our vision of a vibrant medical profession and a healthy population. We need to be able to communicate effectively with our members, mobilize action on priority issues and partner with organizations that share our vision.

The CMA maintains democratic, transparent governance processes designed to:

  • Support physicians, our mission of empowering and caring for patients, and our vision
  • Unite and inspire physicians on health issues and causes that matter
  • Promote and encourage courageous and influential dialogue and advocacy
  • Support more direct communication and engagement with members


    Visit our bylaws page for more information about our governance structure and general legislation.

    Elections and nominations

    Visit our elections and nominations page to learn more about our guidelines and processes.

    Board of Directors meetings

    See highlights from past CMA Board of Directors meetings:

    How CMA governance is structured

    Our governance structure includes CMA members, Annual General Meeting, General Council, a Board of Directors and several committees. Provincial and territorial medical associations, affiliates and associates also play a significant role in how we’re governed.

    CMA standing and policy committees

    We’ve formed several committees to support our governance and overall activities:

    • Governance Committee
    • Committee on Ethics
    • Audit and Finance Committee
    • Human Resources & Compensation Committee
    • Appointments Committee
    • Awards Committee
    • Nominations Committee

    CMA governance updates

    In 2018, the Governance Committee recommended a number of changes to our governance and consultation model to better support the implementation of the 2020 strategic plan. Resolutions passed at the 151st CMA Annual General Meeting in August 2018 include:

    A smaller Board of Directors

    There are 19 seats on the CMA Board of Directors. That includes one seat for a non-physician, one for each province and territory, one for students and one for residents, a president, president-elect, immediate past-president and chair.

    A smaller Board of Directors is consistent with governance best practices and will help CMA leadership more effectively advance the association’s mission and vision.

    More engagement opportunities for members

    We’re revising our consultation model to engage thousands of members instead of hundreds and support broader member input on CMA policy development and other initiatives.

    We also introduced CMA member health policy proposals, which enable members or stakeholder organizations to propose or adapt CMA policies. A physician peer group reviews policy proposals and makes recommendations to the Board. For corporate matters, members may propose business and bylaw changes that relate to the functioning of the CMA (to be submitted 90 days prior to the AGM).

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