Canadian Medical Association

In 2018, the CMA achieved significant milestones towards fulfilling the vision for its strategic plan — CMA 2020. 

We hosted our first-ever CMA Health Summit in Winnipeg, welcoming more than 700 participants, and we co-hosted the International Conference on Physician Health in Toronto, engaging with more than 500 physicians and stakeholders on the critical issue of physician burnout. In the lead up to the conference, the CMA announced the creation of a new position, a dedicated vice-president of physician health and wellness, and released the findings of an in-depth survey on health and well-being within the profession.

Engagement was central to our work this year. We created our first-ever patient advisory group after reviewing more than 500 applications from interested candidates. Demand a Plan, our patient-engagement campaign in support of a national seniors care strategy, reached a milestone of 70,000 supporters. The CMA developed a web-based public information campaign on cannabis, including a youth-targeted video describing the risks. We launched new platforms to strengthen our connections with members and stakeholders, and our communities of interest are engaging online on issues that matter. Our newly redesigned website,, delivers relevant and timely information our members want and need.

Fuelled by so many touch points with our members and stakeholders, we pursued our policy and advocacy agenda to address issues facing the medical profession and to improve the health of Canadians.

Advocating on behalf of Canada’s Physicians and Medical Learners

Today’s demands on Canada’s physicians and the health care system are unprecedented. An aging population with complex medical and social needs, an opioid crisis and the rising costs of essential medications — these are just a few of the pressing issues facing physicians in their work caring for Canadians. 

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Supporting the Profession

The CMA is its members — physicians and medical students who are dedicated to patients and improving medical care in Canada. We will address physician and medical student well-being, stand by the principles developed for the profession and champion the contributions being made.

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Engagement and Collaboration Drive Meaningful Change

To create improvements in health and health care delivery, the CMA engages members when developing policies and programs, and we work collaboratively with stakeholders and partners. This necessitates not only scheduled annual events but also year-round processes that facilitate ongoing reflection, dialogue and debate.

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Advancing Health Into the Future

Medical practice and health care are continually evolving. How and where people are cared for is different today than even a few decades ago. Though the evolution has often been difficult, the medical profession has learned from the past and looks to the future. There are always new challenges to overcome, solutions to be found and innovations to be embraced.

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