Membership Categories

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3.1 Subject to the Act, the members shall include the applicants for incorporation and such other persons interested in furthering the purpose of CAPA and whose annual membership fees have been paid in full.

3.2 The membership within CAPA shall be representative of the following categories:

Membership classes are:

a) Regular;
b) Student;
c) New Graduate;
d) International Physician Assistant
e) International Physician Assistant Student
f) Non-PA CPD Tracking Tool;
g) Sustained;
h) Physician;
i) Allied Health Care Professional;
j) Retired PA;
k) Honorary.

a)  Regular Member is hereby defined as a Physician Assistant who is a graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Education Program in Canada recognized by the PACCC, is a Canadian resident and / or who is employed in Canada or by a Canadian Agency.

The term of membership of a Regular Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board
  • Regular Members that are also CCPAs must participate and comply with the Maintenance of Certification program, as prescribed in the requirements established by PACCC as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

 Subject to the Act, a Regular Member shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, and each such member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings.

b)  Student Member is hereby defined as a student who is enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant Education Program in Canada recognized by the PACCC.

The term of membership of a Student Member will be for the duration of a two (2) year PA Program, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, Student Members shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to vote.

A Student membership is only applicable for the duration of a two (2) year PA Program and cannot be renewed.

Student members are not entitled to hold any office except for the elected Student Representative position on the Board of Directors.

c)  New Graduate Member is hereby defined as a Physician Assistant who has graduated from an accredited two (2) year Physician Assistant Education Program in Canada recognized by the PACCC.

The term of membership of a New Graduate will be for one (1) year immediately after completion of a two (2) year PA Program, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board
  • New Graduate Members that are also CCPAs must participate and comply with the Maintenance of Certification program, as prescribed in the requirements established by PACCC as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, a New Graduate Member shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, and each such member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings.

A New Graduate membership is only applicable in the first year after graduation and cannot be renewed.

d)  International Physician Assistant Member is hereby defined as a Physician Assistant who is a graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Education Program, who is not a Canadian resident.

The term of membership of an International Physician Assistant Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, an International Physician Assistant Member shall be entitled to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to the privilege of the floor, will not be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be entitled to hold office.

e)  International Physician Assistant Student Member is hereby defined as a student who is enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant Education Program outside of Canada.

Subject to the Act, an International Physician Assistant Student Member shall be entitled to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to the privilege of the floor, will not be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be entitled to hold office.

f)  Non-PA CPD Tracking Tool Member is hereby defined as a Clinical Assistant who wishes to associate with CAPA for the purpose of meeting their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

The term of membership of a Non-PA CPD Tracking Tool Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, a Non-PA CPD Tracking Tool Member shall be entitled to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to the privilege of the floor, shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be entitled to hold office.

g) Sustained Member is hereby defined as a Physician Assistant, who is a graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Education Program in Canada recognized by the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada, is a Canadian resident and / or who is currently not employed; underemployed and/or on leave (maternity, parental, sabbatical).

The term of membership of a Sustained Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Sustained members that are also CCPAs must participate and comply with the Maintenance of Certification program, as prescribed in the requirements established by PACCC as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, a Sustained Member shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, and each such member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings. Sustained Members shall not be entitled to hold office.

h)  Physician Member is hereby defined as a Physician who is or was licensed to practice in Canada who wishes to associate with CAPA.

The term of membership of a Physician Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the act, a Physician Member shall be entitled to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to the privilege of the floor, will not be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be entitled to hold office.

i)  Allied Health Care Profession Member is hereby defined as a person who is a graduate of an approved or accredited health care profession program, other than that of Physician Assistant or Physician.

The term of membership of an Allied Health Care Profession Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, an Allied Health Care Profession Member shall be entitled to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to the privilege of the floor, will not be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be entitled to hold office.

j) Retired PA Member is hereby defined as a Physician Assistant who no longer wishes to maintain their Canadian Certified Physician Assistant designation who has wholly or substantially ceased to be engaged in paid employment or self-employment.

The term of membership of a Retired PA Member will be annual, subject to:

  • payment of all dues and fees
  • renewal in accordance with the membership and governance policies of the Association as adopted and recorded by resolution of the board.

Subject to the Act, a Retired Member shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, and each such member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings. Retired members shall not be entitled to hold office.

k)  Honorary Member is hereby defined as a person who has rendered distinguished service to the physician assistant profession and/or CAPA. With the exception of all past National Presidents who are automatically provided with an Honorary Membership, Honorary Members shall be nominated by a member of the Board of Director and be approved by the general membership entitled to vote. An Honorary Member shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to receive notice of and attend all meetings of members, will be entitled to all benefits and privileges of membership, but except as otherwise provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to vote (with the exception of all past National Presidents). Honorary members shall not be entitled to hold office (with the exception of past National President). They shall be exempt from paying dues.