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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 1 2018

A new CMA 2020 monthly newsletter

A new CMA 2020 monthly newsletter was launched in February. It highlights the ways the CMA is connecting individuals, creating conversations and harnessing the passion of physicians on issues that matter.

CMA Code of Ethics: Revision and Consultation

From March 5th to April 6th this year, the 150th anniversary of the original CMA Code of Ethics, consultations will be conducted regarding a draft revision of the Code with PTMAs, members, and the public. This revision is substantive and PTMA feedback will be a critical part of the consultation process.

  • Webinars will be held in March to provide PTMA staff with an overview of the new Code, as well as the rationale for and scope of the changes. This will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
  • PTMA CEOs and presidents will have the opportunity to discuss the Code at both the CEOs teleconference on March 13 and at the CEOs/Presidents Forum on April 8-9 in Ottawa.

Following these consultations, the new Code will be submitted to the CMA Board of Directors in May for their approval, and to the CMA General Council in August 2018 for final ratification. We hope that your organization will participate in our consultations, and we look forward to your feedback.

Push for tax fairness continues

We continue to raise our concerns with the federal government’s proposed changes to taxation. As we look ahead to the 2018 federal budget, our advocacy focus will be on passive investments. What do we know so far and what are we calling for?

In October, thanks in large part to the advocacy of thousands of doctors across Canada, the government amended their original passive investment proposal to allow for a $50,000 passive investment income threshold. They also recognized that passive investment income could be used for a variety of purposes, including parental leave and pensions, both of which the CMA had been asking for.

Despite these improvements, outstanding issues remain. Along with the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, we’re calling for the government to retain the existing passive investment that allows physicians and small business owners to plan for their future needs, while also funding a safety net to weather the ups and downs of running a business. Should the government remain committed to a cap on passive investment, we’re calling for an increased amount, and one that is adjusted for inflation and cumulative.


We encourage you to give your MP’s office a call to share how these tax changes will affect you and your practice. You can also:


On the heels of its re-launch last fall, Demand a Plan ended the year with 59,000 supporters. In 2017, our supporters sent 77,773 letters to their MPs using our letter-writing tool. In fact, every single sitting MP will have now received at least one letter from a Demand a Plan supporter. Last year also brought about the Private Member’s Motion by Nickelbelt MP, Marc Serré, on the need for a National Seniors Strategy. Mr. Serré presented his Motion after hearing about the Demand a Plan campaign in his riding.

We look forward to growing our supporter base in 2018 and driving further change in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election.

CMA shares concerns on proposed approach to cannabis regulation

As part of the federal government’s consultation on regulations for C-45 (The Cannabis Act), the CMA provided a written submission focusing on three key areas:

  • plain packaging and labelling;
  • cannabis for medical purposes; and
  • the sale of health products containing cannabis.

Public health awareness and harm reduction underpin all of the CMA’s work on the cannabis file. You can read our full submission here.

Status Report — 2018 CMA Lapsed Member Program

The Lapsed Member Program is an annual retention campaign that involves calls/emails to all CMA members who have not yet renewed their 2018 membership.

CMA Lapsed Member Program
Broadcast 1
Email 1
Call out 1
SMAMar-19 Mar-19 
NWTMAMar-05 Mar-6  
MSPEIMar-05 Mar-6  
NLMAMar-05 Mar-6  
OMAFeb-15 Feb-15 
Mar-05 Mar-6 
DBCApr-09 Apr-09 
YMAMay-01 May-1  

Questions? Please contact the CMA Member Service Centre at or 1-888-855-2555 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST)

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
20-FebRRSP/TFSA Planning for ResidentsOttawaONSeminar
21-FebRRSP/TFSA Planning for ResidentsKingstonONSeminar
21-FebMcMaster Resident Speaker SeriesHamiltonONSeminar
21-FebIncorporation SeminarMedicine HatABSeminar
22-FebRRSP/TFSA Planning for ResidentsLondonONSeminar
6-MarHome Buyers SeminarWinnipegMBSeminar
7-MarPerspective on Market TrendsPeterboroughONSeminar
7-MarUofT Family Medicine Practice Management CurriculumTorontoONSeminar
8-MarUofC Transition to ResidentCalgaryABSeminar
8-MarPerspective on Market TrendsCobourgONSeminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.