Understanding council elections

The primary purpose of Council is to foster, through sound governance, the long-term success of the Association consistent with its Strategic Plan and responsibilities to the members. 

The council is composed of member physicians from 10 geographical areas across Canada (British Columbia and Yukon; Alberta; Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; Manitoba; Ontario; Québec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; and Newfoundland and Labrador). Councillors serve a three-year term.

Council composition aims to reflect a balance of family physicians and specialists, a range of medical specialties, appropriate diversity including but not limited to gender, ethnicity and race, and geographical balance within provinces.

Each year, approximately one-third of the positions on the CMPA Council are scheduled for nomination and election. All CMPA members have the opportunity to seek nomination and election to council on the basis of their province/territory of work and their type of practice1. Current members of council may seek nomination and re-election for an additional three-year term. 

Key dates and activities for 2018 elections

  • October 19, 2017 – Deadline for submissions for consideration by the Nominating Committee
  • January 10, 2018 - Release of the Nominating Committee’s slate of proposed candidates
  • February 14, 2018 - Deadline for receipt of nominations from members
  • March 21, 2018 – Online voting opens for members in areas where elections are required
  • April 25, 2018 - Online voting ends
  • August 22, 2018 - Election results are announced at the CMPA Annual Meeting

Visit 2018 Council elections for more information.

Election Process

  1. Nomination period: Candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee and through the membership at large. 
  2. Determine requirement for an election: If an eligible nomination is received from the membership in an area where the Nominating Committee has already proposed a nominee, then an election is held.
    • Where there are no nominations from the membership, unopposed candidates are acclaimed for a three-year term, effective as of the conclusion of the annual meeting.
  3. Send election material: Election material is prepared and instructions for accessing online voting are sent to members in areas where elections are required.
  4. Conduct online voting: The CMPA Council elections are conducted through a third party service provider using a secure, dedicated website.
  5. Share election results: Election results are reported during the annual meeting and are posted at that time on the CMPA website.

How to seek nomination

There are two ways to seek nomination:

  1. CLOSED By the Nominating Committee: Members can submit their names for consideration to the Nominating Committee by October 19, 2017. The Committee will release the names of proposed candidates through the Report of the Nominating Committee on January 10, 2018.
  2. CLOSED By members-at-large in their geographical area: Interested members may also be nominated through the membership.

I.  Candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee

Following deliberations on interested nominees, which may include current councillors, the Nominating Committee identifies and proposes candidates to membership, through its annual Report of the Nominating Committee. The criteria for nomination include:

II.  Nominations from CMPA members

CMPA members in an area and division in which there is a council position scheduled for nomination and election may also be nominated:

    • The nomination must be accompanied by the names and signatures of 10 supporting members who reside in the same geographical area as the nominee.
    • The member's practice is located in the geographical area of the contested council position.
    • The member's type of practice1 (Division A or B) is appropriate to the position.

Considerations for nomination and election

  • Medical, clinical and safe medical care experience
  • Leadership in the medical profession
  • Influence beyond the medical community
  • Medical education or research experience
  • Governance, business or legal experience
  • Financial or investment literacy

Core competencies for a CMPA Councillor

  • Strategic orientation
  • Judgment
  • Communication
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Governance knowledge
  • Teamwork/collegiality

Council Representation

1To ensure the representation of the different specialties in the fields of medicine and surgery and of general practice, the Association’s By-law requires that individuals interested in seeking election to council be considered to practice in two Divisions, as follows:

  • Division A - Certification from CFPC, or CMQ (Specialists in Family Medicine), or physicians without CFPC or RCPSC certification
  • Division B - Specialist certification from RCPSC or CMQ, not including Specialists in Family Medicine

The number of Division A and Division B council representatives has been specified by geographical area; in some instances a council position within a geographical area may be Division A or B.

Visit the CMPA 2018 Council elections page for more information.