Provincial Resources

British Columbia Specific Resources

BC College of Family Physicians

License for Practice though the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC protects the public by establishing and endorsing high standards of medical practice by licensed physicians. They are the licensing body for all physicians in BC.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

Telephone 604-733-7758
Toll Free 1-800-461-3008
Fax 604-733-3503
Email Form

Tips: For requirements for Full Licensure see Section 2-10 of the Bylaws. Cost is $625 for registration and an annual fee of $800. CPSBC will give you your MSP Billing Number – see below

Society of General Practitioners of BC

The Society of General Practitioners is the economic and political voice of general practice in British Columbia. It advocates for general practitioners’ key role in delivering quality patient-centered health care and helps them achieve maximum professional satisfaction.

Medical Services Plan Billing Number

The Medical Services Plan (MSP) insures medically-required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.

You must first request licensure from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia prior to requesting a MSP billing number.

Medical Services Program

Mailing Address: Provider Programs, PO Box 9480 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9E7 Tel: (Lower Mainland) 604 456-6950, (Rest of BC) 1 866 456-6950         
Fax: 250 405-3592

Insurance Coverage

The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) provides services including legal defense, indemnification, risk management, education programs and general advice.
For membership application or to complete Transitioning to Practice registration form, click here.
Tel: 1-800-267-6522


PharmaNet is a secure computer network that links community and hospital pharmacies throughout the province.

Register for access.


The physician must be a member in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

Each eligible physician in a medical practice must sign a Medical Practice Access to PharmaNet Agreement.

Facilities that choose to implement a wireless connection to PharmaNet must complete and submit an Attestation of Compliance with the Government of British Columbia Wireless Standards - Medical Practice.


In the event of work-related injuries or diseases, WorkSafeBC works with the affected parties to provide return-to-work rehabilitation compensation, health care benefits and a range of other services.

Note:  After signing up for e-submission, consider calling Telus Support at 1-866-240-7492 for a 20 minute phone-guided training session of electronic WSIB form submissions.

Methadone Program

Physicians must obtain a separate exemption to prescribe methadone for either analgesia or opioid dependency or both.

Apply for exemption to prescribe or obtain a full license through the CPSBC.

British Columbia Medical Association  *optional* 

Benefits include CME funding, CMPA Rebate, Contributory Professional Retirement Savings Plan, Online clinical tools, Free access to medical journals, Insurance services, and more.

View a full list of benefits.

Locum Resources

BC Practice Guidelines

Organizations Working Collaboratively with Family Physicians in BC

Regional Health Authorities

Through the health authority you can access community health clinics for home and community care services, preventive services, child and youth programs and mental health and addictions programs for each community.

Allied Health Organizations

Other online resources

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