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Frequently Asked Questions

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CPhA's New Governance & Membership Model

On June 1, 2014, CPhA members at the 2014 Annual General Meeting voted in favour of a new governance and membership model for the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

Why have we moved to a new model?
What does the new membership model look like?
What does the new governance model look like?
How will CPhA’s role change?
Which PPAs/NPAs are Organizational Members of CPhA?
What does this mean for individual pharmacists?
What does this mean for pharmacy students?
I don’t want to belong to my PPA/NPA that has joined CPhA. How can I stay involved?
What are the benefits for CPhA Associates?
How much will this cost?

Why have we moved to a new model?

The profession of pharmacy is changing rapidly. Scopes of practice and funding models are evolving across the country and pharmacists are doing more every day. Yet, there remain huge differences between provinces and the level of care pharmacists are providing to enhance drug therapy outcomes for their patients. As well, Canada’s Premiers and Health Ministers, through the Council of the Federation’s Health Care Innovation Working Group, are making decisions regarding health care and drug pricing reforms.

CPhA recognized the need to strengthen the voice of pharmacy in Canada and felt that a new model, where provincial and national pharmacist associations work together in the best interests of the profession as a whole, would be more effective and efficient. Collectively we will have a stronger pan-Canadian advocacy voice and the profession, CPhA and its member organizations will be stronger and more able to respond quickly to the changes affecting our profession and the health care system.

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What does the new membership model look like?

CPhA worked closely with other pharmacy organizations for over a year to develop a new governance structure. In the new membership model, provincial pharmacist associations (PPAs) and select national pharmacist associations (NPAs) can choose to become Organizational Members of CPhA. If they join, their individual pharmacist and pharmacy student members automatically become CPhA Associates. Should your provincial association choose not to join CPhA, you may join directly as an Affiliate; however, at this time we anticipate all PPAs will sign on. Provincial regulatory organizations are not CPhA Organizational Members.

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What does the new governance model look like?

Under the new governance structure, the CPhA Board of Directors will be made up of representatives from each CPhA Organizational Member, as well as three to six skills-based individuals. Only these members will vote at CPhA’s AGM. Some of the 2013-2014 Board Members have remained in their positions to help transition to the new Board. Watch for our Board of Directors web page to be updated as new Board Members are appointed.

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How will CPhA’s role change?

CPhA is dedicated to working together with our Organizational Members to ensure a strong, united profession. With membership fees being collected through the PPAs/NPAs, we will be able to refocus our efforts on advocacy and the big picture issues facing pharmacy today. Our responses to government will benefit from additional input from the provinces and our Organizational Members will be more engaged on national issues. While we’ve always been the national voice for pharmacists across Canada, this new model will allow us to take a truly pan-Canadian approach to our engagement with government and stakeholders. We will continue to publish Canada’s trusted drug and therapeutic resources, and continue to develop and maintain practical, high-quality continuing professional development programs for pharmacists.

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Which PPAs/NPAs are Organizational Members of CPhA?

The following PPAs/NPAs have signed MOUs to join CPhA.

As of their effective dates, these associations officially become CPhA Organizational Members and their pharmacist and pharmacy student members are automatically CPhA Associates. Discounts on continuing education programs are in effect immediately.

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What does this mean for individual pharmacists? If you are:

  • A member of a CPhA Organizational Member:
    You are now a CPhA Associate through your PPA/NPA. You will need to register with CPhA to take advantage of your membership benefits.
  • NOT a member of a provincial pharmacy association that HAS joined CPhA as an Organizational Member:
    If your PPA has chosen to join CPhA, you must be a member of that PPA to belong to CPhA. Alternatively, you may belong to CPhA if you are a member of a national pharmacist association that has joined CPhA.

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What does this mean for pharmacy students?

CPhA believes in the future of our profession and fosters a strong relationship with the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students & Interns (CAPSI). CAPSI has agreed to join CPhA as an Organizational Affiliate and all CAPSI members will be CPhA Associates. Pharmacy students may belong to CPhA via either CAPSI or their PPA.

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What are the benefits for CPhA Associates?

CPhA Associates can take advantage of a range of benefits, including:

  • Significant discounts on continuing education programs and national conference registration rates,  e.g, save $300 on CPhA’s new lab values course, $200 on QUIT smoking cessation and $600 on ADAPT
  • Opportunities to earn free CEUs with CPhA’s e-Therapeutics Highlights CE, worth up to 13 CEUs per year—free weekly email exclusively for CPhA Associates/Affiliates
  • A complimentary subscription and online access to the Canadian Pharmacists Journal
  • Updates and information via our email newsletters and bulletins
  • Exclusive access to practical practice tools and resources for your pharmacy to help you improve workflow and productivity
  • Access to national and international research and reports that CPhA is involved in

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How much will this cost?

CPhA Organizational Members will pay CPhA $25 per pharmacist member. Individual PPAs/NPAs will decide if/how to pass this expense on to their own members.

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If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Customer Service by email or telephone at 1-800-917-9489 ext. 501.