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The College is seeking feedback on a draft amendment to the Fees and Remuneration By-Law that, if passed, would increase the annual membership fee for the year beginning June 1, 2016.
At its December meeting, after reviewing the proposed budget for 2016, Council has proposed a 1.6% increase in membership fees. This increase would bring the fee that a physician pays to renew a certificate of registration from $1,570 to $1,595.
Over the past four years (2012-2016) the College has increased the membership fee for an independent practice certificate $65.00. This represents an average of 1.06% over those four years. By comparison, the average inflation rate in Canada has been 1.46% over the last four years.
The CPSO now ranks third last among the other Medical Regulatory Authorities in Canada in terms of annual membership dues. The highest fee is in Alberta, at $1,960. See a five-year breakdown of membership fees for the various medical regulatory authorities across Canada here.
The modest increases over the four years (for 2015 there was no increase) have been necessary to meet the increasing activity at the College. The costs reflect the expansion of numerous quality improvement programs, particularly peer assessment, the increasing number of incapacity investigations and sheer volume and increasing complexity of College investigations.
The proposed by-law amendment is as follows:
By-law No. 89
1. Subsection 4(a) of By-Law No. 2 (the Fees and Remuneration By-Law) is revoked and the following is substituted:
4. Annual fees for the year beginning June 1, 2016, are as follows:
(a) $1,595 for holders of a certificate of registration other than a certificate of registration authorizing postgraduate education and other than a certificate of registration authorizing supervised practice of a short duration;
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The consultation is now closed. Thank you to all who provided feedback and participated in our consultation process.