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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 9 2017

CMA Board of Directors Governance Review

The CMA Governance Committee is seeking your input to determine the optimal governance structure for the CMA Board. We want to hear from you on how our Board governance structure would best support a new forward-looking enterprise. This initiative forms part of modernizing CMA and is being done in tandem with the work of the General Council Task Force. Background information about the changes proposed to the Board’s structure as well as key questions for consideration are available here.

CMA Board Highlights — October 2017

The CMA Board of Directors met Oct. 18-21 to discuss a variety of issues. Please click here to find out more.

General Council Task Force

The CMA Board has approved a consultation model that would see General Council succeeded by a CMA Health Summit. In support of CMA 2020, the CMA Health Summit is being created to support CMA’s new mission, vision and strategic objectives.

Specifically, the CMA Health Summit will enable participants to experience for themselves the CMA’ strategic objective to engage in courageous, influential and collaborative dialogue and advocacy to advance health in Canada. The CMA Health Summit will enable thought leadership, be a catalyst for change, promote inclusive conversations and provide outcomes that significantly advance health priorities.

Staff will further consult on a transition model for 2018 which will include a first stand-alone summit in 2019 and a re-imagined Annual General Meeting and other member engagement opportunities. Proposed board governance changes are also key components of a comprehensive overview of the proposed changes. Have your say – opportunities for consultation will continue this fall/winter.

Additional information on the work of the General Council Task Force and future CMA health summit can be found here.

Tax Fairness: Advocacy Update

Despite some adjustments announced by the Federal Finance Minister last week, the CMA remains very concerned with the tax proposal. With so much detailed information lacking, we continue to call on the government to suspend implementation until a comprehensive review of the tax regime is conducted and a significant consultation process is initiated.

The federal government is showing some movement on their initial proposal, which confirms that our collective voices are having an effect. Our advocacy campaign is going strong, as we remain firmly committed to working with members and the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness to drive further changes.

The CMA presented to the National Finance Committee in the Senate on Oct. 25. Dr. Marcoux outlined specific issues that remain of serious concern to the CMA and the Coalition, and recommended that the government:

  • suspend implementation of any changes until a comprehensive review of the broader tax regime is completed, followed by a substantive consultation with all Canadians.
  • retain existing passive investment measures, in keeping with their recognition that these play a role in mitigating the ups and downs of running of business, and provide a safety net for parental/sick leave, and retirement. Should the government remain committed to establishing a cap on passive investment, the CMA will insist that the limit be increased, adjusted for inflation and cumulative.
  • introduce a spousal exception to income sprinkling, recognizing that the family unit is recognized in tax law.

What’s next? We anticipate that legislation on income sprinkling is currently being drafted and that it will be released this fall; we believe that other details of the proposal could be announced as part of the 2018 federal budget. It’s important that we continue to influence government and speak with a strong, collective voice on this issue. As a result, CMA members should continue to reach out to their MPs. Their engagement with MPs has already convinced the government to change its plans. We must keep up the pressure.

Members can help us keep up the momentum by:

HUMA submission on seniors care

We’re pleased to share our submission, Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors, which CMA President Dr. Laurent Marcoux recently presented before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). HUMA’s study on a national seniors strategy began as a result of MP Marc Serré (Nickel Belt) passing his motion in the House of Commons. Serré was inspired to write his motion when stories from Demand a Plan started bubbling up in his Northern Ontario riding.

The CMA’s submission proposes 15 recommendations for how government can support vulnerable seniors while preparing for the diverse and increasing seniors population of the future. You can read all our recommendations here: Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors.

Health Ministers meeting

The CMA attended the provincial and territorial ministers of health meeting in Edmonton from Oct. 19-20. Topics of discussion included the opioid crisis, Indigenous health, and the legalization and regulation of cannabis. Also discussed were the continuing efforts to implement reforms and adapt health care systems to meet an increased demand for health services and an aging population.

New Demand a Plan website

The CMA is excited to announce that we’re launching a new Demand a Plan website the week of Nov. 6. The revamped website will make it easier for our supporters to engage in government relations and share the word about the campaign with family and friends.

The issues of the elderly touch all Canadians. Population aging is already shaping societal change, and it’s essential that appropriate government policies be put in place in Canada so that our communities can successfully ride the wave of change. Stay tuned for the official website launch and the various ways you can get engaged.

CMA members now have access to a 90-day free trial of Reacts

As part of Joule’s new partnership with IIT Reacts, CMA members now have access to a 90-day free trial of this remote collaboration and education tool. Learn more about Reacts and the new CMA member exclusive offer here.

Encourage your members to take the Joule Clinical Case!

On November 6, members will have received an email to take a quiz and access DynaMed Plus to get answers to your clinical questions quickly with evidence-based summaries covering more than 5,000 topics. Learn more

Reminding members about access to clinical resources available through membership

A call-out campaign is currently underway to highlight valuable point-of-care tools that are complimentary with CMA membership, specifically ClinicalKey and DynaMed Plus. To learn more about these tools, please visit

How to make a real difference with Charitable Giving

As 2017 comes to a close, many of us are thinking about giving to charity. In fact, an incredible 40% of Canadians donate in the last six weeks of the year, as the holiday season is gearing up.

To encourage charitable giving, the government offers a tax benefit for donations. In Canada, charitable donations of $200 or more qualify for a non-refundable tax credit equal to 40% to 50% of the donation, depending on your province or territory of residence.

Donations in kind of qualified stocks and mutual funds (with unrealized capital gains) can deliver even greater tax efficiencies. Non-refundable tax credits for donations are limited to a maximum of 75% of your net income.

Giving in a meaningful way

Many of us give randomly to charities — $100 here, $200 there. While these do add up, it can feel like our donations are not making much of an impact on any particular charity.

More and more, people want to focus their volunteer time and money on charities that are close to their hearts, and they want to know that their gifts are making a difference.

Canadian physicians are no different. They want to give in a meaningful way while benefiting from tax savings and integrating their giving into their financial plan.

CMA Foundation Donor Advised Funds

Canadian physicians may be particularly interested in donating to charities that support the causes they care about through CMA Foundation Donor Advised Funds.

Donor advised funds are an effective way to streamline your charitable giving. You can set up a CMA Foundation Donor Advised Fund with an initial minimum donation of $25,000, for which you receive a tax receipt. Donating in kind with qualified securities or mutual funds can be even more advantageous.

After setting up your fund, you can choose the charities you’d like to support. You can also name your fund, either after yourself or to honour a loved one. The fund disburses in perpetuity to the charities and causes that are important to you.

CMA Foundation Donor Advised Funds are a great way for Canadian physicians to give to charities that are important to them in a way that complements their financial and estate plan — and helps them give back to their community.

For more information about CMA Foundation Donor Advised Funds, please contact Alison Forestell at

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Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
16-NovProposed Changes to Incorporation and Tax PlanningEdmontonAlta.Seminar
16-NovUniversity of Calgary – Anesthesiology - Transition to Practice SeminarCalgaryAlta.Seminar
17-NovUniversity of Ottawa – Practice Management CurriculumOttawaOnt.Seminar
17-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationNorth YorkOnt.Seminar
20-NovUniversity of Calgary - Neurosurgery – Transition to Practice SeminarCalgaryAlta.Seminar
21-NovUniversity of Saskatchewan - Introduction to Financial Planning – Third Year Medicine SeminarReginaSask.Seminar
21-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationKingstonOnt.Seminar
21-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationNanaimoB.C.Seminar
21-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationEdmontonAlta.Seminar
22-NovUniversité de Montréal – Trivia NightMontrealQue.Seminar
22-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationScarboroughOnt.Seminar
22-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationSault Ste. MarieOnt.Seminar
22-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationCalgaryAlta.Seminar
23-Nov (Tentative)University of Calgary - Info Brew – Brewery TourCalgaryAlta.Appreciation, Networking & Workshop
23-NovUniversity of Calgary - Family Medicine Residents Fall Academic ConferenceCalgaryAlta.Networking
23-NovBrian Peters & Daniel Labonte VisitLondonOnt.Appreciation & Networking
23-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationHalifaxN.S.Seminar
23-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationRed DeerAlta.Seminar
23-NovHoliday Cheer! – Laurel PackinghouseKelownaB.C.Appreciation & Networking
24-NovUniversity of Ottawa – Presentation to Genetics ResidentsOttawaOnt.Seminar
25-Nov Université Laval – CaRMS Mock InterviewsQuébecQue.Seminar
25-NovPlay & Learn at Science NorthSudburyOnt.Appreciation, Workshop, Seminar
27-NovClient AppreciationQuebec CityQue.Appreciation
28-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationWolfvilleN.S.Seminar
28-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationSurreyB.C.Seminar
28-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationEdmontonAlta.Seminar
29-NovPerspectives on Market Performance & Client Appreciation OshawaOnt.Appreciation & Seminar
29-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationNorth BayOnt.Seminar
29-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationNew WestminsterB.C.Seminar
29-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationKamloopsB.C.Seminar
29-NovMcMaster University – Resident Speaker SeriesHamiltonOnt.Seminar
30-NovCalgary ZoolightsCalgaryAlta.Appreciation
1-DecUniversité de Sherbrooke – Practice Management CurriculumSherbrookeQue.Seminar
2-DecUniversity of Alberta – Curling BonspielEdmontonAlta.Networking
2-DecUniversité de Montréal – CaRMS Mock InterviewsMontrealQue.Seminar
6-DecProposed Changes to IncorporationRichmond HillOnt.Seminar
7-DecUniversity of Alberta – Family Medicine Practice Management CurriculumEdmontonAlta.Seminar
8-DecUniversity of Alberta – PARA & RPAP Transition to Practice TradeshowRed DeerAlta.Networking
9-DecQueen’s University – CaRMS Mock InterviewsKingstonOnt.Seminar
9-DecUniversité de Sherbrooke – CaRMS Mock InterviewsSherbrookeQue.Seminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.