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CFPC Annual Report June 1, 2020–May 31, 2021

Dr. Francine LemireDear members,

Over the past year we have been in awe of your dedication, strength, and ingenuity as we all adapted to dynamic and difficult circumstances related to the pandemic. We want to start this annual report by thanking you for the work you do every day amid these challenges to deliver compassionate patient care; teach learners in new ways; provide leadership in your clinics, hospitals, and communities; and contribute to innovative research that drives family medicine forward.

COVID-19 also created unique challenges for the CFPC. With your collaboration and support, we made several important adjustments. The College changed gears to deliver Family Medicine Forum in an entirely virtual format for the first time and our Chapters did the same with their annual conferences. And, just as you adapted your  Dr. Catherine Cervinpractices, we changed the administration and delivery of our examinations, implemented virtual approaches for conducting residency program accreditation reviews, developed and delivered high-quality continuing professional development programming virtually, and met online with the many members who generously give their time to support CFPC initiatives. We are deeply grateful to those members who serve on the CFPC Board of Directors and chair our sections, member interest groups, and committees, and we look forward to when we can meet again in person.

Keeping connected virtually has become a theme of our professional and personal lives. In this vein, we are producing our annual report as a web page for the first time instead of as a booklet. We are proud to share these highlights from the work the College has done nationally and that our Chapters have done in every province to enhance how we support and listen to members; to provide new tools and learning opportunities; to address systemic racism in health care; and to advocate on your behalf on important issues that affect family medicine and your practices.

Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE, ICD.D
CEO and Executive Director

Catherine Cervin, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MAEd

Read our acknowledgement of chairs who recently completed their terms.


CFPC by the numbers


Financial summary

Revenues pie graph

Revenues 2020–2021

blue dot 64.25%

Member core and enhanced programs


light blue dot graphic20.60%

Programs not supported by member fees (Self Learning Program, Family Medicine Forum, Non-Member Mainpro+ Participants)


grey dot graphic15.15%

Certification and assessment

CFPC expenses pie graph

Expenses 2020–2021

blue dot 64.28%

Member core and enhanced programs


light blue dot graphic20.68%

Certification and assessment


grey dot graphic15.04%

Programs not supported by member fees (Self Learning Program, Family Medicine Forum, Non-Member Mainpro+ Participants)

Chapter highlights

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  • British Columbia College of Family Physicians (BCCFP)

  • Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP)

    • Launched in 2020, the ACFP’s Heart of Family Medicine campaign promotes the value of family physicians and is a direct response to a call from members for action on this front. The campaign celebrates the trusted relationships between patients and family physicians through patient stories, physician podcasts, and videos. It showcases family physicians’ outstanding contributions to improving the health and well-being of their patients. Members’ enthusiastic response to the Heart of Family Medicine led the ACFP to invest in a television ad and digital marketing campaign in March 2021 to expand its reach.
    • The ACFP’s Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction (CMN) program addresses the urgent need to increase local treatment options in primary care settings through collaboration among family physicians and multidisciplinary team members. The CMN provides helpful resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer support in the areas of chronic pain and substance use. It was made possible by a funding contribution of $1.9 million from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.
    • Over the past year, the ACFP’s advocacy work included lobbying for the engagement and involvement of family physicians in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout; the advancement of the Patient’s Medical Home with the Minister of Health; and the integration of health and social systems to optimize the use of available resources and support the health and well-being of Albertans with complex and chronic conditions.
  • Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians (SCFP)

  • Manitoba College of Family Physicians (MCFP)

    • This year the MCFP strengthened and expanded its strategic relationships with stakeholders throughout the provincial health care system. The MCFP was a key partner in the effort to include family physician offices in administering COVID-19 vaccinations across Manitoba.
    • The MCFP worked with family physicians and partners across the country to develop a COVID-19 tool kit with resources developed specifically for our local context.
    • A process to update the MCFP’s bylaws and develop a committee structure was completed. By improving the internal structure of the MCFP, the Chapter is better positioned to meet the evolving needs of its members and communities.
  • Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)

    • The OCFP’s COVID-19 Community of Practice for family physicians, created in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, has reached more than 10,000 participants since its inception in April 2020; sessions are now averaging more than 800 attendees. As one member noted: “These sessions are excellent and have become a main source of clear information, which I in turn share with the rest of our team.”  
    • The OCFP’s Family Medicine Summit, previously known as the Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA), was held virtually for the first time in early 2021—with a 34 per cent jump in registrations compared with the previous ASA. One member commented: “Excellent conference. I am finding the opportunity to attend concurrent sessions that I missed especially worthwhile. Even if we get back to in-person sessions in future years, having this opportunity to view recorded sessions will enhance the learning opportunities for all of us.”
    • In January 2021, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa and the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on General and Family Practice, the OCFP held the inaugural Choose Family Medicine virtual panel event to showcase what makes family medicine so special. The event attracted 122 medical student participants, and in their session evaluations they indicated an increased desire to pursue family medicine.
  • Quebec College of Family Physicians (QCFP)

    • In the wake of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the QCFP supported the launch and adopted the ongoing work of a community of practice for physicians working in residential and long-term care facilities (CHSLD).
    • The QCFP added JUMO—a new mentorship platform—to its mentorship programs, thereby offering family physicians a more personalized option.
    • In 2020 the QCFP took over the leadership of the Choosing Wisely Quebec campaign to facilitate its growth and establish new partnerships.
  • New Brunswick College of Family Physicians (NBCFP)

    • In May 2021 the NBCFP released its new strategic plan for 2021–2024, which includes refreshed mission and vision statements.
    • To thank members for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic, the NBCFP mailed out a promotional mask to every member, which was well received.
    • Quick action in early 2020 allowed the NBCFP to host its 2020 Annual Members Meeting as scheduled in June in a fully virtual format for the first time, which was met with 100 per cent satisfaction from members.
  • Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians (NSCFP)

    • The NSCFP enhanced its collaboration with other Atlantic Chapters of the CFPC on new initiatives such as Family Doctor Day celebrations and on Canadian Medical Association/Joule leadership training.
    • The Chapter engaged in advocacy efforts related to fee codes for virtual care and other ways to support family physicians in Nova Scotia, including the release of its Quick Tips for Virtual Care practice resource.
    • Over the past year the NSCFP took steps to foster relationships with partner organizations, including the introduction of quarterly meetings with Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine.
  • Prince Edward Island College of Family Physicians (PEICFP)

    • On February 25, 2021, in the Speech from the Throne, Premier Dennis King announced the establishment of team-based care through patient medical homes and patient medical neighbourhoods to support the transformation of primary care in PEI. This followed separate meetings the PEICFP had held in 2020 with the PEI Minister of Health and the Official Opposition to discuss the value of family physicians to the health care system, the Patient’s Medical Home vision, and the Patient’s Medical Neighbourhood concept.
    • In October 2020 the PEICFP hosted its first virtual annual meeting of members. PEI’s Minister of Health participated.
    • The PEICFP sent masks to all its members as a token of appreciation for their hard work during the pandemic and always.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador College of Family Physicians (NLCFP)

    • The NLCFP is heavily involved in the ongoing work of the Health Accord for Newfoundland and Labrador. The NLCFP’s Director of External Engagement sits on the Health Accord’s Community Care Committee and conducted focus groups on primary care health reform in March 2021 to inform the Health Accord Task Force’s work.
    • Over the past year the NLCFP fostered relationships with many partner organizations to enhance the voice of family physicians, including the provincial government, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, the Family Practice Renewal Program, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Medicine, Choosing Wisely NL, and the other members of the Health Accord for Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • The NLCFP provided ongoing public support for members during the pandemic, such as speaking up about how COVID-19 has changed family physicians’ workdays and added stress to their work and personal lives.

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