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About the CMPA
The CMPA provides professional liability protection for Canadian physicians in the form of advice and legal assistance, and contributes to a high quality health care system through its research and education services.
The CMPA’s office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., eastern time.
Canadian Medical Protective Association
Canadian Medical Protective Association
Telephone: 1 800 267-6522
The CMPA provides its members with medico-legal advice and, when warranted, legal assistance for matters arising from a member’s professional work. This includes advice and assistance in civil legal actions, regulatory authority (College) complaints, Coroners’ inquests, billing audits, and so on.
Unlike an insurance company, the CMPA employs a discretionary approach when providing assistance to its members. This enables the Association to consider rendering assistance to members on a case-by-case basis, rather than through defined policies or protocols. There is no predefined limit on the monetary value of assistance.
Members who need medico-legal assistance or advice should contact the CMPA as soon as possible. Contact a medical officer by phone, 1 800 267-6522, or submit the Medico-legal assistance form online.
Members can change personal information online or they may contact the CMPA by telephone.
Information and online registration for upcoming symposia is available on the Symposia/conference page.
Educational sessions are available on request by completing a request form.
All CMPA Perspective articles are available on this website.
You may apply for CMPA membership if you are a graduate in medicine and are duly licensed or registered by a Canadian provincial/territorial medical regulatory (licensing) authority. Apply online here.
Yes, you can. Under the licence/registration information section, simply indicate the type of licence you will obtain and the province/territory of licensure.
Your application will be put on hold until you provide CMPA with your licence number and its effective date.
Membership can only begin once the CMPA receives your completed application form, licensing information, all necessary documents and payment arrangements.
First-time applicants must pay for a minimum of two months in the first calendar year.
To find out how much you need to pay, consult the 2012 Fee Schedule or the 2013 Fee Schedule or call 1 800 267-6522. You may need to use the fee calculator for special circumstances such as locum work or short-term membership.
The CMPA does not accept credit cards for payment of membership fees. Members can pay their membership fee by cheque or pre-authorized debit.
Members can print a proof of membership or call 1 800 267-6522.
Members can interrupt their membership temporarily for a period of three to twelve calendar months (two months to twelve months in the case of parental leave).
Retroactive protection is offered to physicians who are joining the CMPA to assist with potential medico-legal difficulties resulting from their past medical professional work.
Yes, use the member self-service to notify CMPA in advance of your new membership requirements, the type of work you will be doing and the province in which you will be practising. You should also update your contact information, if required.
The CMPA Membership Update is accepted by most universities as confirmation of CMPA membership. Members can print a proof of membership or call 1 800 267-6522. Universities who require proof correspond directly with the CMPA and do not usually require individual confirmation. If you have informed CMPA of your training details, your membership will be confirmed directly to your university.
Trainees and clinical fellows are eligible for CMPA assistance for all medico-legal difficulties arising from the clinical work performed in their postgraduate training program and also from performing extra resident shifts.
This clinical work may:
These are additional shifts performed by residents or fellows (at a resident level) under supervision, to help out in their own or other specialties, whether remunerated or not. Residents (code 12) who work extra resident shifts remain in code 12. Clinical fellows remain in code 13.
This is independent practice of medicine outside of your postgraduate training program (residency training or structured fellowship program), whether remunerated or not.
There are no restrictions on the nature of moonlighting work.
No, the amount of moonlighting does not impact your eligibility for assistance. Trainees and fellows who moonlight must hold a licence/registration acceptable to the regulatory authority (College) in the jurisdiction in which the moonlighting will occur. However, if you are a clinical fellow, any amount of moonlighting requires that you select a practising physician code. If you are a resident and you limit your clinical activities to only moonlighting work (locum) for more than two consecutive weeks, you must change to a practising physician code. If you are doing occasional moonlighting, you may remain in code 14.
We recommend you visit the organizations' websites or contact them directly.
If you change your training program or attend another university you must provide the CMPA with the new information. Members can use the General Inquiry form or call 1 800 267-6522.