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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 7 2017

Taxation update

The CMA is actively working to influence government on the proposed tax changes affecting private corporations and one of the central pieces of our advocacy is our submission to government on Oct. 2. We have retained one of Ottawa's top ranking strategy groups to supplement our internal government relations activities. We’re also commissioning an in-depth analysis from the Conference Board of Canada on the economic footprint of medical practices, as well as working with tax experts and MD Financial Management.

Government relations

With the support of Doctors of BC, the CMA is organizing a grassroots physician roundtable in Kelowna, B.C., to coincide with the Liberal Women’s Caucus special meeting on Sept. 5. This provides an ideal opportunity to raise awareness about the impact that the proposed tax measures could have on women physicians.

On Aug. 30, CMA staff met with Finance Minister Bill Morneau. For more information on the meeting and other updates, don’t miss Tax Alert, the CMA’s newsletter on the taxation issue, posted to our website weekly.

Liberal MPs are holding roundtables on the tax issue in their ridings. We’re urging our members to take part across the country to share the physician perspective.

Member engagement

Mobilizing our membership around the taxation issue is essential. We’re encouraging our members to send a letter to their MP using our letter-writing tool. So far more than 6,000 letters have been sent.

In partnership with MD Financial Management, we held a webinar on Aug. 29 for our members outlining the potential impact of the changes. The session featured guest speakers from the national accounting firm MNP LLP, and a recording will be available on the MD Financial Management website next week.

Minister Philpott at General Council

As per usual, our Annual Meeting and General Council was a busy event! Minister Jane Philpott was present in her functions as federal health minister. She addressed the general assembly and participated in two Facebook Live sessions: one on seniors care and one with our CMA Ambassadors.

Cabinet shuffle

Prime Minister Trudeau surprised many with his mid-August cabinet shuffle. Health Canada was one of five departments affected by the shift. The Honourable Jane Philpott has left her position as Minister of Health to become Minister of Indigenous Services. Minister Carolyn Bennett’s new role will focus on Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs.

The Minister of Health vacancy has been filled by the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor. Minister Petitpas Taylor is the MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe in New Brunswick, and was first elected in 2015. She formerly served as parliamentary whip and parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance. Before running for election, Minister Petitpas Taylor had a 23-year career as a social worker for the RCMP (Codiac detachment).

New letter-writing campaign for Demand a Plan

In preparation for the federal, provincial and territorial meeting of Ministers Responsible for Seniors’ on Sept. 13, Demand a Plan has released a new letter-writing campaign, asking government to appoint a federal Minister for Seniors. Send a letter to your MP and the Ministers here.

Appearance before HESA on Bill C-45 (Legalizing cannabis)

Cannabis bill C-45 moved to the Standing Committee on Health prior to the summer recess. The study will begin shortly with five straight days of hearings from Sept. 11-15. The CMA will be appearing as a witness on Sept. 11 to lend its voice to this very important issue, and our accompanying written submission will be made available on shortly after.

Results of the 2017 CMA Workforce Survey

We’re very pleased to be sharing the results of the 2017 Workforce Survey? an examination of the medical profession in Canada. Over 7,000 practising physicians provided us with their input on everything from working hours and job satisfaction to access to services. What does it mean to be a practising physician in Canada? Click here to view this year’s results!

Your members can save money on their next leadership course

There’s never been a better time for your members to enhance their skills. From September 8–22, 2017 the Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) is offering a $150 savings on all courses available this fall (discount does not apply to 2018 courses). This is a great opportunity to try a PLI course for the first time or add a last minute course at a discount to a 2017 professional development plan. Register now:

Educational offering supports Medical Assistance in Dying discussions

Regardless of your position on MAiD, CMA and Joule have developed a balanced curriculum to address your questions and support your patients. This four-week advanced, facilitated, online course starts September 18. Register today:

Have you heard? The five 2017 Joule Innovation grant recipients have been announced!

We are extremely proud to be able to announce this year’s top 5 Innovation grant recipients. Out of 250 applicants, these five physician innovators were chosen for the impact they will have in the healthcare industry. You can follow their progress on our new website at and watch the launch video here.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
14-SeptPeace of Mind for Life’s TransitionsOshawaONSeminar
14-SeptQueen’s University — MedYear3 Resident: Introduction to Wealth Management KingstonONSeminar
19-SeptElder CareHamiltonONSeminar
19-SeptInnovation, Advocacy and DisruptionOttawaONSeminar
26-SeptElder CareKitchenerONSeminar
27-SeptEstate and Trust PlanningBellevilleONSeminar
4-OctEstate and Trust PlanningOttawaONSeminar
4-OctQueen’s University — Financial PrudenceOshawaONSeminar
5-OctOpen House with Brian Peters and Michael GormleyCalgary AltaOpen House
12-OctTaxes and Estate PlanningSt. CatharinesONSeminar
12-OctElder CareMonctonNBSeminar
12-OctEstate PlanningKingstonONSeminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.