Fees and payments

You can pay your fees using annual pre-authorized debit or monthly pre-authorized debit, or annual online fee paymentFind out more about these payment methods.

Membership fees are payable annually. As a CMPA member, you will receive an invoice that indicates the fee that applies to you, based on your type of work and the geographical region in which you practise.

Fraudulent payment requests
Recently, some of our members have received fraudulent calls from individuals or pre-recorded messages claiming to be from the CMPA. These members are being told that their fees are in arrears and have been asked for a credit card to balance their account. The CMPA does NOT accept credit cards and does not communicate with members using pre-recorded messaging.

Why do members pay different fees?

Membership fees differ depending on the type of work you perform as well as the region in which you are working (or are registered in a training program or are moonlighting). Fees reflect the risks inherent in different types of practices, as well as regional variations in medical-legal costs.

Recognizing the different cost structures across Canada, the CMPA has established four fee regions:

  • British Columbia and Alberta
  • Ontario
  • Québec
  • Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Atlantic provinces, and the Territories

Membership fees are prorated based on a full month. If you are a first-time applicant, you must pay for a minimum of two months in your first calendar year. You may be entitled to our flexible date membership option; to verify your eligibility please send an email to inquiries@cmpa.org.

The CMPA does not offer part-time membership or senior membership rates.

How are individual membership fees determined?

You can calculate the membership fee that applies to your particular situation by using the online fee calculator.

Your actual membership fee is based on the CMPA Fee Schedule, which is updated annually.

The fee schedule lists and describes each type of work (TOW) code and indicates the fee that applies in each of the four fee regions. To see the fee that applies to you, select the TOW code that most accurately reflects all of your professional responsibilities. If you perform more than one type of work and/or work in more than one fee region, please contact the CMPA for assistance in selecting the correct category. See the instructions in Residents and Clinical Fellows if you are applying for membership in TOW code 12 or 14.

Are membership fees reimbursed?

Membership fees are paid entirely by members. In all jurisdictions, provincial/territorial governments and medical associations or federations have negotiated reimbursement agreements which are intended to offset some of the cost of liability protection. This long-standing arrangement reflects an agreement between physicians and governments to include, in lieu of other payments for clinical services, some of the cost of liability protection in the overall compensation of physicians.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement are set by each province/territory. In Ontario, you may visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care webpage on the Medical Liability Protection (MLP) Reimbursement Program.

Are receipts issued for income tax purposes?

While the CMPA does not issue income tax receipts, the CMPA Annual Receipt for Membership Fee can help you determine whether you are eligible for an income tax deduction. This receipt is made available to members online each year in January. Download your receipt at any time (your CMPA member number and account password are required). For details about tax laws governing your province/territory, please consult your tax advisor.

If you have questions about membership fees please email to inquiries@cmpa.org.