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PTMA Newsletter - Issue 6 2016

1. A New Health Accord for Canada

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is pleased that the federal government has committed to negotiating a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories, which includes a commitment to a new long-term funding agreement. A new Health Accord is a chance to set a vision and direction to address the collective challenges that face all health care systems in Canada. As such, the CMA has identified the new Health Accord as a top advocacy opportunity and has begun consultations with various stakeholders including our members, provincial and territorial medical associations, medical and non-medical stakeholders and the public. We encourage you to add your voice to this process by joining the discussion on the CMA Member Dialogue.

2. CMA-MP Roundtables on seniors care in the new Health Accord

Further to a message sent to PTMA CEOs in June, CMA is embarking on another iteration of its successful public roundtables co-hosted with federal MPs. We will let you know when an event is being planned in your province/territory. Please contact for more info.

3. Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations — More resources available for incorporated physicians

The 2016 federal budget contains proposed tax changes that could impact physicians practicing in group structures. Read more.

The CMA is continuing its active advocacy effort and the issue of these proposed tax changes is far from settled. If the legislation passes, there will be ways to mitigate the negative outcome.

We recommend that members consult with their accountant, lawyer and MD Advisor. They can analyze their situation, determine the impact, and help adjust their group structure and financial plan, if necessary.

4. Ongoing advocacy on proposed budget changes to the incorporation framework

The CMA-PTMA concerns, that the proposed budget measure to alter eligibility to the small business deduction will impact physicians in group medical structures, have been validated. These proposed changes will likely impact group medical structures such as those in the academic health science setting and certain specialties. In turn, these proposed changes will negatively impact medical research, education and training for the next generation of physicians, as well as Canadians’ access to vital medical services. The CMA’s ongoing advocacy on maintaining the incorporation framework is now focused on maintaining the current access to the small business deduction for physicians in group medical structures. Current initiatives include efforts by members of CMA’s grassroots initiative, MD-MP Contact program, to speak to their local MPs about the possible consequences of the proposed tax changes. The CMA is working collaboratively with PTMAs to advance these concerns with provincial finance and health ministers. Finally, the CMA will actively participate in the formal consultation processes on this proposed measure, moving forward. A fact sheet is available [link to PDF] to assist you in discussing this issue with MPs. Please contact for more information.

5. Parliament enacts Bill C-14, Medical aid in dying

June 17 - CMA welcomed the passage of Bill C-14, Medical assistance in dying, by Parliament. For Canada’s physicians and their patients, this important new law represents the culmination of years of work and consultation led by the CMA with physicians and the public. The CMA is working to provide physicians with educational and training resources, including new online physician education resources, which will be made available in the near future.

6. CMA at national political conventions

CMA representatives were on the ground in Winnipeg and Vancouver for the Liberal and Conservative Party conventions in late May.

President-Elect Dr. Granger Avery spoke to the Liberal Party’s Seniors’ Commission on the CMA’s recommendations for the new Health Accord. The room was at capacity, and Dr. Avery’s remarks were well received.

On the west coast, CMA staff hosted a booth for the first time ever at the Conservative Party convention, which allowed us to easily update delegates on the association’s activities, including our Health Accord recommendations. The CMA also hosted a reception for convention attendees; local MD-MPs and medical students were invited to attend as well. Dr. Avery and local CMA Board member Dr. Shelley Ross spoke to reception guests about the CMA’s work on the Health Accord.

7. Coming to a federal riding near you (we hope)

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA wants to work with your Member of Parliament (MO) to co-host a roundtable in your riding on where seniors care will fit into the next Health Accord. CMA president Dr. Cindy Forbes made that offer to all MPs shortly before the House of Commons rose for the summer on June 17. (Read more)

8. CMA General Council in Vancouver — what’s new this year?

Member Dialogue
In the lead up to General Council, CMA members can log onto the Member Dialogue — an exclusive online forum — to discuss key meeting topics such as the Health Accord, climate change and drug shortages. Their feedback will be used to inform sessions at the meeting in August.

Virtual GC
The CMA is offering members the opportunity to participate in General Council virtually. Nearly 10 sessions at this year’s meeting will be offered concurrently through an online and interactive website, known as Virtual GC. These accredited sessions will allow members from across the country to join the debates, pose questions, comment and participate in polls.

Indigenous wellness and Canada’s health care system: The physician’s role
This special panel session on Aug. 20 — held in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada — will focus on how to strengthen the role of physicians in improving and supporting wellness among indigenous peoples. Registration information is available here.

On the evening of Aug. 21, the CMA will be hosting a tweetup, an in-person meeting of Twitter users. Keep your eyes on Twitter for more information, including how to register.

9. Now available! Educational offerings on medical assistance in dying

In response to member requests for more information and resources on end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying, the CMA is pleased to announce the launch of two educational offerings.

These unique offerings are the first of their kind in Canada. For more information, please visit our website or contact

Please note that content in this course covers federal legislation on medical assistance in dying and does not include material specific to any provincial legislation.

10. Don’t miss out! Pre-General Council PLI Courses*

Members can enhance their General Council experience by attending a Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) course August 19 – 20, 2016:

  • Developing and Leading System Improvement
  • Strategic Planning


*Courses are also available in-house

11. 2016 New in Practice guide contest: we want to hear from you!

The New in Practice guide contains information residents need to know before entering practice. Members can let us know what topics they would like to see featured in next year’s guide for their chance to win a FitBit Blaze.

Enter contest

12. Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
23 – JulyPrivate Screening – Ice Age: Collision CourseWest KelownaBCMD Family Event
23 – JulyCelebration of LightVancouverBCMD Client Appreciation
23 – JulyMD BBQ & Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union Soccer GameMontrealQCMD Client Appreciation
25 – JulyUniversity of Calgary Welcome BBQCalgaryABMD Sponsorship
27 – JulyPrivate Screening – Jason BourneVancouverBCMD Family Event
30 – July to 3 - AugustCanadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD) Family EventEdmontonABMD Sponsorship
31 – JulySymphony SplashVictoriaBCMD Client Appreciation
4 – AugustMD Dinner CruisePeterboroughONMD Client Appreciation
4 – AugustUniversity of Calgary Family Medicine Practice Management CurriculumCalgaryABMD Seminar
5 – AugustWestern Univeristy Physical Medicine TalkCalgaryABMD Seminar
17 – AugustUniversity of Toronto Internal Medicine TalkTorontoONMD Seminar
22 – AugustUniversity of Toronto Backpack DayTorontoONMD Seminar
23 – AugustUniversity of Toronto Chief Resident SeminarTorontoONMD Tradeshow
23 – AugustMontfort Hospital Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Charity Jailbreak Golf TournamentCarlsbad SpringsONMD Sponsorship
24 – AugustUniversity of Alberta Rural Family MedicineHintonABMD Seminar
29 – AugustUniversity of Alberta Student OrientationEdmontonABMD Networking
31 – AugustMcMaster Backpack DayHamiltonONMD Seminar

To find out more contact Natalie Theriault.