Canadian Medical Association

As a physician, you have a first-hand view of the issues facing your practice, your patients and your community. As a CMA member, you have invaluable perspectives on our association and how we can make it stronger. Member proposals are an important way to share your ideas for change with the CMA.


Make sure your voice is heard

Submit your member proposal today. You have two options:

  • Policy proposals — to help set CMA policy and clarify our position on important health issues. Your proposal might be an amendment to an existing policy or a suggestion for a brand-new policy. Our advocacy work is based on our policy. 
  • Corporate proposals — to enhance CMA governance, operations and bylaws. These are addressed at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and must be submitted no later than 90 days before the AGM for proper consideration. This year’s AGM is August 11, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Conference Centre, and the deadline for the submission of corporate proposals was May 13, 2019.

What do we look for?

On the policy front, we actively seek out proposals that align with our vision, our mission and the goals of CMA 2020. For corporate policy, we look for ideas that will help make the CMA more efficient, effective, transparent and inclusive.


How do I submit a proposal?

Your first step is to fill out the appropriate submission form. We’ll ask for information about your proposal, why you think it’s needed, what it will accomplish and how it aligns with our priorities. You’ll also need to list 10 other members who support your proposal. 

If your proposal is accepted, it will be included in the CMA’s policy database. If at any point in the process your proposal is rejected, we’ll let you know.


Member Policy proposals 2018-2019

June 2018  Gun Control (travellers to US encouraged to be aware of state gun laws).  Action: To be considered in CMA’s update to its current Firearm Control policy.

Sept 2018  Advancing digital health in Canada.   Action: Sent for consultation. To be considered through work of Virtual Care Task Force.

Dec 2018  Gun control in Canada.   Action: CMA will update its current Firearm Control policy.

Feb 2019  Health Information Privacy.   Action: Proposal under development.

Feb 2019  Reconsideration of new breast screening guidelines.  Action: Referred to appropriate affiliates.


Submit a Policy Proposal

Policy proposal submission form

Submit a Corporate Proposal

Corporate proposals submission form

For more information on submitting policy and corporate proposals, read our guideline documents:

Policy proposal process

Corporate proposal process