Canadian Medical Association

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Canadian Medical Association
Abbreviation CMA
Formation 1867
Type Organizations based in Canada with royal patronage
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Region served
more than 85,000 doctors and doctors in training
Official language
English, French
Dr. Granger Avery
Website CMA

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is a national, voluntary association of physicians and physicians-in-training. The CMA is a leader in engaging and serving physicians and is the national voice for the highest standards of health and health care. The CMA also provides leadership guidance to physicians, wealth management advice and knowledge products and services through its subsidiaries, MD Financial Management and JouleTM, respectively.


The CMA has over 85,000 members,[1] making it the largest association of medical doctors in Canada. The CMA’s priority is to address the needs of Canadian physicians from medical school through residency, medical practice, and retirement. CMA members can access a wide range of services and benefits, including but not limited to clinical resources and wealth management.


The CMA was founded in 1867, about 100 days after confederation. The first president was Sir Charles Tupper, who later became Prime Minister of Canada.

The CMA also played a central role in the creation of the Registered Retirement Savings Plan in 1957.[2] Today, its financial arm, MD Financial Management, administers more than $40 billion for CMA members and their families.

2017 marks the CMA’s 150th anniversary, which provides an opportunity for the association to showcase its history in the service of physicians and their patients. For more information, visit

Advocacy and awareness campaigns[edit]

The CMA advocates policies that support a healthy population and a vibrant medical profession. This advocacy is based on submissions to government, developing policies and conducting research.

The CMA Code of Ethics also contributes to advocacy and awareness campaigns by providing ethical guidance to Canada’s physicians. Focus areas include decision-making, consent, privacy, confidentiality, research and physician responsibilities.

For a listing of the CMA’s current advocacy priorities, please visit

Provincial and territorial medical associations[edit]

The provincial and territorial medical associations are autonomous divisions of the CMA, with responsibilities specific to their provincial and territorial jurisdictions. The divisions unite at the national level to more effectively handle issues common to all.

Affiliates, associated societies and observer organizations[edit]

Over 60 national specialty and special-interest physician organizations are affiliated or associated with the CMA. These special relationships respect each organization's autonomy while recognizing the goal of speaking with a common voice for greater issues that affect all physicians.

Corporate structure[edit]

The Board of directors is the executive authority of the CMA. The Board is responsible for managing CMA affairs in accordance with the policies established by the CMA General Council. General Council is the governing body and legislative authority of the CMA. It's responsible for providing high-level policy guidance and direction to the organization in general, and the Board of directors in particular. It provides broad policy direction to the CMA via the debate, discussion and passage of motions at the CMA’s Annual Meeting each August.

The CMA's Annual Meeting includes a business session, open to all members, which considers business and matters referred by General Council. The General Council portion of the meeting includes scientific and educational sessions designed to promote the medical and related arts.

CMA companies[edit]

Logo of MD Financial Management, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association

The CMA has two subsidiaries: MD Financial Management and Joule.

MD Financial Management is a wealth management firm wholly owned by the CMA. MD helps clients build wealth and capitalize on opportunities that ensure they meet their personal and professional goals. MD Financial Management includes MD Financial Management Inc., MD Management Limited, MD Private Trust Company, MD Life Insurance Company and MD Insurance Agency Limited.

Joule delivers information and knowledge products and services, including clinical tools such as DynaMed Plus, RxTx and POEMs. Joule also includes Physician Leadership Institute courses and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The CMAJ is a peer-reviewed general medical journal that publishes original clinical research, commentaries, analyses, and reviews of clinical topics, health news, clinical-practice updates, and editorials.

See also

See also[edit]


Jump up ^ "CMA mission and vision".

Jump up ^ "Investment Executive"

External links[edit]