Provincial Resources


Apply for an Alberta medical practice permit through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

Find information about independent practice, locums, physician extenders, labour mobility agreements, and more.

Contact: CPSA – Registration Assistants
Tel.: 780-969-4924 or 1-800-320-8624, ext. 4924 (in Alberta)

Tips: Permits for independent practice, including locums, can take at least 90 days for physicians with Canadian credentials and at least 180 days for physicians with international credentials (no LMCC and no CCFP). Complete the eligibility review form and application, which requires:

  • Passport photo
  • Three references
  • Proof of LMCC
  • Medical degree
  • CFPC results of Certification in Family Medicine examination

Cost is $200 plus GST for the eligibility review, plus an annual registration cost of approximately $1,600 ($800 due within six months of completion of Canadian residency program).

New practitioner registration/billing number

All practising physicians require a practitioner Identification number (PracID#) through Alberta Health and Wellness, which registers practitioners for claim payment or patient referral purposes.

Print and complete the “Practitioner Information” form (AHC0912) and return it by mail, fax, or in person to:

Alberta Health and Wellness Professional and Facility Management Unit 
PO Box 1360 Station Main 
Edmonton AB T5J 2N3
Tel: 780-422-1522 in Edmonton, or toll-free within Alberta at 310-0000, then 780-422-1522
Fax: 780-422-3552

Tips: Requires CPSA license and takes five business days to process.

Insurance coverage

The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) provides services including legal defence, indemnification, risk management, educational programs, and general advice.

Find out more about membership application and Transitioning to Practice registration on the CMPA website or call the office at 1-800-267-6522.  

Triplicate Prescription Program

In partnership with pharmacists and dentists, the Council of the CPSA established the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) to monitor use of certain drugs prone to misuse and abuse for non-medical purposes. For more information about the TPP, visit the CPSA website.
Tel.: 780-423-4764 or 1-800-561-3899, ext. 4764

Workers’ Compensation Board billing number

The Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta is an independent organization that manages workers’ compensation insurance based on legislation. The program compensates injured workers for lost income, health care, and other costs related to a work-related injury.

To obtain a billing number, complete form C724 from the forms and guides for physicians on the WCB website.

Completed forms can be faxed to (780) 498-7776 or 1-800-661-1993.

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 WCB/WSIB form submissions.

Hospital privileges


Obtain the application packages for Caritas and/or Alberta Health Services hospital privileges about three months in advance of your anticipated start date.

Alberta Health Services
Medical Affairs Office
Tel.: (780) 735-0722

For Caritas privileges, contact:
Caritas Medical Administration Office
Tel.: (780) 735-7331
Fax: (780) 735-9921


Licensing and Appointments are currently being revised due to the implementation of the new AHS Bylaws & Rules, as of February 28, 2011.

To obtain an appointment with the Department of Family Medicine – Calgary, please email your inquiry or call (403) 955-9227.
Fax: 403-476-8762

Alberta Netcare

The Alberta Netcare Electronic Health Record is a secure lifetime record of an Albertan’s key health information available for consultation by authorized health service providers. It provides access to patient demographics, prescribed dispensed drugs, known allergies, laboratory and diagnostic imaging results, and other medical reports.

To register, contact the Alberta Netcare Enrolment Team at:

Alberta Netcare Enrolment Line
Telephone 1-866-756-2647 toll-free or in Edmonton call 780-642-4082

Methadone licence

Methadone exemptions are issued directly to physicians by Health Canada with the support of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Visit the CPSA website to apply, or call 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4944 (Alberta only), or email

Alberta Medical Association

Membership benefits include:

  • Medical liability reimbursement – reimburses physicians for a portion of their CMPA dues
  • Continuing medical education – reimburses physicians for eligible expenses incurred when attending education session
  • Retention benefit
  • Parental leave benefits
  • Physician and Family Support Program

Contact: Membership and Benefits Administrator 
Tel: 780-732-3359 or 1-800-272-9680 ext 359 (in Alberta only)
Fax: 780-482-5445

Alberta College of Family Physicians

CFPC membership automatically includes both National and Provincial Chapter membership.

Alberta College of Family Physicians
Centre 170, 370, 10403-172 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1K9
Tel.: (780) 488-2395
Toll free: 1 (800) 361-0607 (Alberta only)
Fax: (780) 488-2396


Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

There are 44 PCNs throughout Alberta currently. About 80% of eligible family physicians are working in PCNs. Every PCN is unique because it is developed locally by area family physicians in cooperation with the local health region and other health professionals such as nurses and dietitians. This grassroots approach allows—and encourages—the PCN to focus on the needs of the local patient population. More information

Rural Alberta Action Plan

The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) is an independent not-for-profit company funded by Alberta Health and Wellness. The RPAP was established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta and provides a provincially focused comprehensive, integrated, and sustained program for the education, attraction, and retention of physicians for rural practice.

Initiatives include:

  • CME programming, including the provincial videoconference program offered through the UofC/UofA CME offices
  • Alberta Physician Link - a provincial physician recruitment web site
  • Recruitment expense program
  • Community recruitment and retention grants
  • Weekend and seniors’ rural locum programs, offered through the AMA Physician Locum Services

The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan
2801 Telus House
10020 - 100 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 0N3 
Tel.: (780) 423-9911 or toll-free (Canada/USA) 1-866-423-9911
Fax: (780) 423-9917


Billing resources

Job opportunity resources

Calgary Urban Locum Program
AMA MD scope and Classifieds
AMA physician locum services

[subhead]Guidelines and CPD

Visit Toward Optimized Practice for province-specific guidelines

Continuing professional development requirements for Alberta

As of December 2009, in order to maintain an Alberta medical licence, Alberta physicians must be enrolled in:

  • the Mainpro+® program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada or
  • the MOC/CPD program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


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