Dues information

What’s new in 2023-24

For the past two years, Council made the decision to freeze annual dues. At the same time, the rising costs of goods and services impacted ongoing operations and service delivery for the College.

For the organization to be financially healthy, keep pace with inflationary costs, and enhance member support, an increase to member fees for 2023-2024 was approved.

Changes to the annual dues, deadlines and other important fees are outlined in the table below which covers the period from April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024.

Important dates
Annual dues and MOC Program Fees payment due date – all accountsApril 30, 2023
Application of $150 late fee – all accountsMay 31, 2023
Deadline for paying annual dues/MOC Program fees and late fee prior to default of duesAugust 31, 2023
Automatic removal from: membership / affiliate status + MOC program + member’s name from the directory in the event of non-payment of membership feesSeptember 1, 2023
Default of dues – $500 Reactivation fees applied (late fee + reinstatement fee)September 1, 2023

Dues and Fees

Annual dues (Royal College Certified)

Annual dues (Royal College Certified)
Fellows residing and practising in CanadaC$1,060
MOC Program Participant (Royal College Certified)C$1,060
Fellows residing and practising outside of CanadaC$720
Long-term Fellows (i.e., Active Fellows with at least 40 years of membership)
Note: Dues are automatically adjusted for Fellows who qualify for this category.
C$265
DiplomatesC$265 + Fellowship dues
Retired FellowsWaived
Resident AffiliatesWaived
Late Fee – all categoriesC$150 Effective May 31
Reactivation fee for default of dues – all categoriesC$500
Includes C$150 late fee& $350 reinstatement fee Effective September 1

 

Fee Reduction Categories (applicable to Fellows only)
Projected net professional income between C$35,000 and C$115,000 (or equivalent in other currency)50% of full dues
(based on Fellows residing and practicing in Canada rate)
Projected net professional income less than C$35,000 (or equivalent in other currency)25% of full dues
(based on Fellows residing and practicing in Canada rate)
Anticipate a temporary leave for four months or longer for family or health reasons50% of full dues
(based on Fellows residing and practicing in Canada rate)
Enrolled in full-time postgraduate studies in a Royal College accredited subspecialty program or a university- or hospital-based recognized subspecialty/fellowship training program of at least one year’s duration (not applicable to observerships or traineeships). This reduction is available up to a maximum of five years.25% of full dues
(based on Fellows residing and practicing in Canada rate)

Apply Online for a Fee Reduction

MOC Program fees (not Royal College Certified)

MOC Program fees (not Royal College Certified)
DiplomatesC$265
+ MOC Program Participant fee*
MOC Program Participant
C$745
Subspecialist AffiliatesC$745
Late Fee – all categoriesC$150
Effective May 31
Reactivation fee for default of dues – all categoriesC$500
Includes C$150 late fee & $350 reinstatement fee

Effective September 1
*Family physicians who are not Royal College certified and provide proof of participation in CFPC’s MAINPRO+ program are exempted from this requirement.

Easy Payment Options

Online by credit card: pay in full using your credit card

Online banking: To use online banking, log in to your financial institution’s website, add the Royal College to your list of payees and enter your Royal College ID as your account number. The following major financial institutions provide Fellows and MOC Program participants with an online banking service for payment of annual dues:

  • Bank of Montreal
  • Caisse Populaire Desjardins
  • CIBC
  • HSBC Canada
  • National Bank
  • PC Financial
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • TD Canada Trust

By phone: Call and pay by credit card
613 730 6260 or 1 800 668 3740.

FAQ

About Membership Dues

Annual membership dues are approved at the Annual Meeting of the Members held each February. For the past two years, Council made the decision to freeze annual dues. At the same time, the rising costs of goods and services impacted ongoing operations and service delivery for the College.

For the organization to be financially healthy, keep pace with inflationary costs, and enhance member support, an increase to member fees for 2023-2024 was approved. View the full list of fees and reduction amounts in the Dues and Fees section.

  1. Why are member fees increasing in 2023-2024?

    The proposed dues increase - 7% applied to all member categories - is to generate revenue to partially offset increased operating expenses tied to inflation. Member dues have been at the same level for three years. During this time, the consumer price index (CPI) or inflation has risen by close to 12 per cent.

    To understand the direct impact your support will make in the future, here are some of the key areas the Royal College is investing in to better serve members.

    • We are undergoing a significant enterprise-wide transformation of our digital platforms and services. This digital transformation aims to improve the member experience through our website, and provide seamless digital access to our services.
    • We are revitalizing our CPD and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs, which includes work to simplify the MOC framework and enhance our learning offerings. As part of the overall digital transformation project, we will develop and implement a user-friendly dashboard to support the program.
    • We are revising CanMEDS 2025, the CanERA accreditation system, Competence By Design (CBD) and our routes to certification to address unintended impacts and ensure contemporary standards are in place.
    • We are focused on taking a leadership role in areas that matter to our members such as: health human resources/physician wellness; planetary health; equity diversity and inclusion, anti-racism and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

    An important part of our commitment includes keeping our members informed with regular communication about our progress on these initiatives.

    2. When will I receive my membership card?

    Membership cards are no longer mailed. Once payment has been processed, access the Self-Service menu to download your membership card.

    3. I am retired (or will retire soon), what do I do?

    If you are retired (or about to retire) from all medical or health-related professional activities, no longer carry a license from a medical regulatory authority, and not in part-time practice or reduced-scope practice (such as surgical assisting or teaching), you are eligible for the Retired category. Please complete the Confirmation of Retirement form.

    4. What is a reactivation fee and why it is being implemented?

    The reactivation fee ($500) includes both the late fees ($150) and reinstatement fee ($350). These fees encourage timely payment and cover the cost of administrative efforts related to reactivation.

    5. What is reinstatement?

    Reinstatement is the process of rejoining the Royal College by reopening the member account that was closed due to default payment of dues or resignation. The following activities will occur with reinstatement: reestablishing MOC cycle and adding the participant back to the Royal College Directory.

     

Payment and Receipts

  1. How do I pay?

    Online by credit card: pay in full using your credit card

    Online banking: To use online banking, simply log in to your financial institution’s website, add the Royal College to your list of payees and enter your Royal College ID as your account number. The following major financial institutions provide Fellows and MOC Program participants with an online banking service for payment of annual dues:

    • Bank of Montreal
    • Caisse Populaire Desjardins
    • CIBC
    • HSBC Canada
    • National Bank
    • PC Financial
    • RBC
    • Scotiabank
    • TD Canada Trust

    By phone: Call and pay by credit card 613-730-6260 or 1-800-668-3740.

    Contact us: Finance Department
    Email: finance@royalcollege.ca
    Telephone: 613-730-6260; toll-free 1-800-668-3740

  2. I cannot locate my Royal College ID number.

    You will find your ID number on your annual dues invoice. You can also recover your ID number through the Royal College’s secure access login page.

  3. I can’t find my password.

    It is the same password that you would use to access the MAINPORT ePortfolio. If you don’t remember it, you can reset it online via the Royal College’s secure access login page lost my ID number.

  4. Receipt for proof of payment / income tax

    Income tax receipts are available for download shortly following the processing of your payment or donation. Download your receipt here.

    If you require a receipt for payment or donation made prior to 2016, contact membership services.

  5. Receipt states “no payments were made”

    Verify you’ve selected the applicable year and receipt type. Visit the annual dues information page to review payment options.

  6. Receiving statements of a balance owing after payment

    Statements are issued until the balance is paid in full. If you received a statement after issuing a payment, the likely cause is that there is a partial balance remaining. Refer to your last statement for your remaining balance. A receipt will be updated and available for download shortly after your payment has been processed.

  7. Credit for overpayment
  8. Overpayments are reflected in your January statement. While the annual invoice will show the full membership fee due, when you pay online through the Royal College’s secure website, the balance owing will reflect any overpayment.

Fee Reduction (Fellows only)

  1. I have extraordinary financial or personal circumstances. How can the Royal College assist if I cannot afford to pay?

    Use the fee reduction options available (exclusive to Fellows) to relieve financial burden. Subsequent renewal of the fee reduction is granted upon review by the membership team and may be subject to refusal.

    It is inadvisable to have your account defaulted due to late payment of dues because your account will be subject to late fees and then reactivation fees. We highly recommend contacting membership services to request a fee reduction. Apply for a fee reduction here.

    Note: Maintenance of Certification cycles may be adjusted based on the duration of family or health leaves. Please see the online Maintenance of Certification Cycle Adjustment form

  2. How long do I have to wait to pay after I apply for a fee reduction?

    If you pay through your financial institution’s website, you can pay the correct reduced amount right away. However, if you wish to pay through the Royal College’s secure website, please wait five working days while we apply the fee reduction to your account. Once we have updated your balance, we will send you an email confirming that you can pay the reduced amount online through our website.

  3. I’m a Fellow participating in Post-Grad Studies. Are there fee reductions and what are the expectations for MOC?

    If you are in full-time postgraduate learning and a Fellow you are eligible for a fee reduction. As a Royal College Fellow you have been enrolled in a five-year MOC cycle and must meet the usual adherence and compliance requirements for Royal College MOC participation. Royal College Fellows can earn and claim up to 100 credits a year towards their MOC cycle for postgraduate studies alone.

 

NEW: International Fellows

  1. I reside and practice outside of Canada. Can I get a special rate?

    Yes. Fellows residing and practising outside of Canada pay a special rate of C$720.

    The fees for Fellows outside of Canada are reduced as we take into account that some of the tangible benefits for Fellows are not as relevant when practising abroad. Your participation, along with the other 4,700 Fellows outside Canada, greatly assist us in our mission to ensure high standards and quality of specialty medicine.

    Tip: If you are an International Fellow, keep up to date with payment, which is due annually on April 30 and update your contact address.

     

NEW: Default of Dues, Reinstatement and Reactivation Fees for Members

  1. If I do not pay my annual dues (Fellows) and I am removed because of default for not paying my dues, what are the implications?

    If you allow your membership to lapse (by default of dues), the following will occur:

    • your name will be removed from the register of Fellows;
    • you may no longer be able to use the FRCPC/FRCSC designation; and
    • you are no longer entitled to any other benefits of membership.

    This means that your account balance is cleared ($0) and your MOC cycle is closed.

    Note: prior to allowing your membership to lapse, please verify licensure requirements set out by your medical regulatory authority regarding the maintenance of an active MOC cycle.

    If the dues deadline has passed, here are your options:

    1. Maintain your membership by paying before August 31. You will continue to be able to use the Royal College designation (Fellow) and participate in the MOC program. Late fees will apply.
    2. Default and not pay by August 31. Should you choose to default on payment of annual dues, you will still be able to rejoin. Question 2 below describes the process and implications if reinstated within 12 months, or after more than 12 months.
    3. Resign. If you wish to resign, please complete the resignation form. Question 2 below describes the process and implications if reinstated within 12 months, or after more than 12 months.

    Tips:

    • Pay dues on time. The annual deadline is April 30.
    • If you want to resign or retire, you must complete the appropriate forms.
    • Recognize that late or non-payment may result in a) late fees or b) reactivation fees (combo of late fees plus reinstatement fees).
       
  2. Should my membership lapse or I resign, can I be reinstated in the future (e.g., in 6, 12 or 24 months)?

    You can apply for reinstatement of membership at any time. To do so, you will need to contact the Royal College Services Centre and request a reinstatement package.

    Within 12 months from removal

    • You will be asked to pay your annual dues in arrears in addition to applicable reinstatement fee.
    • Your five-year MOC cycle will continue from your original start date.
       

    More than 12 months from removal

    • You will not have outstanding dues to pay.
    • You will receive a new five-year MOC cycle and credits from past cycles will not be carried forward.
       
  3. Should I resign instead of going into default of dues?

    It’s best not to allow your account to go into default. Instead, you are strongly encouraged to resign by completing the resignation form. We will use your feedback to improve our products and learn how we can better serve you.

    We will always warmly welcome you back when you are ready.
     

Still need help? Your Services Centre is here for you.

Connect with us at: 613-730-8177; toll-free 1-800-668-3740
between 8am-5pm EST Monday to Friday, or by email at membership@royalcollege.ca