The College of Family Physicians Canada

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada
Abbreviation CFPC
Formation 1954
Type Professional society
Legal status Active
Purpose Family medicine certification; advocacy, life long learning
Headquarters Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Region served Canada
Membership 25,000 members
Official language English, French

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is a professional association and the legal certifying body for family medicine in Canada. This national organization of family physicians was founded in 1954 and currently numbers over 30,000 members. Members of the CFPC belong to the national College as well as to their provincial chapters. The CFPC uses both English and French.

The CFPC establishes the standards for the training, certification, and lifelong education of family physicians. It accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada's medical schools, conducts the certification examination in family medicine, and grants the CCFP and FCFP designations.

The CFPC is governed by members of the executive committee and the board. The current executive director and CEO is Francine Lemire.

In 2013, the CFPC collaborated with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) to deliver a new certification examination in family medicine. Those who pass the new exam, and who meet all other qualifications of both organizations, are awarded both the Licentiate of the MCC (LMCC; the medical license to practise in Canada) and the certification in family medicine designation (CCFP).[1]

The CFPC runs a program designed to support the continuous professional development of its members called MAINPRO (Maintenance of Proficiency). This program assesses proposed learning modules and seminars against established standards and awards various types and numbers of credits learners can earn by participating in these learning opportunities. Credits are recorded and physicians must meet a standard number and type of credits in order to maintain their CCFP and FCFP designations.[2]

Each year the CFPC hosts the Family Medicine Forum, a national family medicine conference. The conference offers hundreds of clinical and professional development sessions for family physicians over three days in November. The conference is held at varying host cities and provinces each year.

The Research and Education Foundation of the CFPC was established to provide funding for honours, awards, scholarships, and grants bestowed by the organization to its members. It is a registered charity with the Government of Canada.[3]

The CFPC is a member of the World Organization of Family Doctors.[4]

The CFPC's official journal is Canadian Family Physician.


The CFPC was founded in 1954 as the "College of General Practice of Canada" out of a need to ensure family physicians were dedicated to continuing medical education. At inception, it had 400 members[5] and Victor L. Johnston was the first executive director and remained in office for ten years. The first executive committee and board of representatives consisted of 17 members.[6] In 1964, the college obtained its current name.


  1. ^ "Certification in Family Medicine". Medical Council of Canada. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Earning Mainpro Credits". Queen's University. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Regions and Member Organizations". World Organization of Family Doctors. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Woods, David (1979). Strength in Study. Toronto: The College of Family Physicians of Canada. ISBN 0-921413-00-9. 
  6. ^ Solomon, Stan (2004). Patients First: The Story of Family Medicine in Canada. Toronto: Key Porter Books. ISBN 1-55263-605-4. 

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