About us

The national leader in setting the standard of care in physiatry to improve the lives of Canadians.


The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is a National Specialty Society that represents Canadian physiatrists and promotes their pursuit of excellence in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The CAPM&R was founded in 1952 and has over 400 members today. The CAPM&R is an Accredited Provider for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The CAPM&R can approve Section 1 and Section 3 educational activities for other organizations.

Our Mission


Promotion of our Profession

Advancement of Professional Education


Advocation on Rehabilitation Issues and Standards

To Provide Opportunities for Scientific Advancement and Practice Development

Critical Success Factors

Physiatry is known and valued by other health care professionals and the general public

Physiatry is resourced as a position along with the attendant infrastructure supports required to treat patients

Physiatry has professional experts that are sought after for their opinions on rehabilitation

CAPM&R has a sustainable business model with increasing membership, funding and governance structure

Values/Guiding Principles


We strive for EXCELLENCE by:

  • Promoting the highest standards for undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • Our commitment to lifelong learning and the CanMEDS framework
  • Scholarship
We are INCLUSIVE by:

  • Representing clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, trainees and certified specialists
  • Providing valued services to members
We promote COLLABORATION by:

  • Forming strategic alliances
  • Supporting other organizations by creating a forum for exchange of information
  • CAPM&R has a voice with governments and peer bodies

We demonstrate LEADERSHIP by:

  • Providing opportunities for professional development
  • Raising awareness of the roles and contributions of the profession
  • Informing public policy by determining the rehabilitation agenda
  • Influencing policy on the rights of persons with disabilities

We encourage INNOVATION by:

  • Promoting research
  • Being a driver for change
  • Celebrating academic achievements