CAPA Mission and Vision


Foster development of the Physician / Physician Assistant Model to ensure quality care for Canadians; and improve access to that quality medical care.


Supporting Physicians providing quality care.

President's Message


On behalf of Canada’s Physician Assistants and the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA), I welcome you.

The past decade has seen CAPA become a strong voice for improving access to quality care for Canadians. Canadian Physician Assistants (PAs) believe that with our partners in medicine and through a team approach we can deliver effective, efficient and economic quality health care to Canadians.

CAPA is a nationally incorporated bilingual professional association that advocates on behalf of its members at the direction of a volunteer BOD which represents PAs, PA students, and other members across Canada and internationally. We have members in all national regions as well as the Canadian Forces sharing a desire to help develop Canadian Health Care. The BOD is sharing and renewing our focus to advocate our professions’ model of cooperative, collaborative, patient centered quality health care.

Introduced through the Canadian Forces and the recognized needs in the United States over 45 years ago the PA concept is proven and valued. PAs are highly qualified health care professionals and are academically prepared through their formal education. PAs provide and practice medicine in any medical setting within a formalized relationship between a PA and the supervising Physician. This relationship provides a format for negotiated autonomy within a supervised structure. CAPA offers through the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC) a national entry to practice certification examination awarding the Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) designation as well as an electronic tracking of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is a requirement to maintain the CCPA designation.

CAPA meets with regulatory agencies in all provinces, with ministerial level working groups, and with all interested healthcare teams advocating for the Physician/PA model of care. Our PA toolkit, a resource for Canadian physicians, developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is referenced nationally and downloaded globally. We are sharing our successes and the Canadian approach to our profession to all who are interested.

CAPA has established a national standard for education of Canada’s PAs. That standard and the nature of our scope of practice are outlined in the National Competency Profile (NCP). The NCP follows the format and standards of Canadian Medical Education (CanMEDS). The scope of practice mirrors that of our attending and supervising Physician and is built on trust, recognized need, and mutual respect. We support one national educational accreditation standard through the CMA Conjoint Accreditation Services, and the entry to practice requirements of the NCP.

We have strategic alliances with the CMA, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) and many provincial medical associations. We have been recognized in the national and the international arena with our NCP and Scope of Practice, PA toolkit, and advocacy efforts. We share information and resources with our PA partners in the United States, Britain, Netherlands, Australia, and around the world. The CMA refers to our profession as an example of quality partners in caring for Canadians. Internationally we have set a standard that is the goal and envy of many PA Associations.

Our member services are directed at education, advocacy and practice support including omission and errors coverage through third party insurance brokers. Member services have continued to improve with monthly newsletters, subscription to a professional Physician Assistant peer reviewed journal, and increased national office services and responsiveness. We support the four physician assistant education programs in Canada, and the four provinces which have formalized the PA medical practice.

I welcome you to our profession. It is an exciting time, in an exciting profession, and together we will make a difference to all Canadians.

Ian W Jones, MPAS, CCPA, PA-C
National President