News Releases

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Statement Regarding Rollout of COVID‐19 Vaccination to Rural Canada

For Immediate Release - January 25, 2021

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) is concerned and disappointed by the lack of communication regarding the COVID-19 vaccination for long term care and health care workers in rural and remote Canada. Rural communities and the health care workers who serve them have had less access to vaccination compared with their urban colleagues.
Statement Regarding Rollout of COVID‐19 Vaccination to Rural Canada

If you would like more information regarding this topic, please contact the SRPC office at 1-877-276-1949 or

Rural Emergency Departments & COVID19

Press Release - March 21, 2020.

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) & the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)
Press Release: Rural Emergency Departments & COVID19 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Christina Bova at 613-523-3343 x17 (office), or email at

Joint SRPC-IPAC-CFPC statement on Indigenous Health

News Release  -   October 16, 2019

Here is a joint release from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. The release highlights the lack of attention paid to the health of Indigenous people of Canada during the current election period. It calls on all parties to address the systemic challenges resulting in poor health outcomes for this population.

News Release re Indigenous health in Canada requires stronger commitment ENG (Oct 16 19).pdf

Dr. Paul Sawchuk
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Dr. Margaret Tromp
Society of Rural Physicians of Canada
Dr. Nel Wieman
Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada


News Release  -  September 25, 2019

National Leading Health and Education Organizations Calling for Improved Access to Rural Health Care Close to Home as a Priority for Canada
Joint Statement


News Release  -  September 19, 2019

OTTAWA –  As we are weeks away from a federal election, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SPRC) is calling on all politicians to answer to rural and Indigenous populations to making access to health care close to home a priority for Canadians living in rural communities.

SRPC Press Release

Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC)

Aug 21, 2019
Progress Made in the Rural Road Map Implementation

Emerging Rural Health Care - The Time to Act is Now.

The Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC) has made significant progress raising awareness across Canada
about the need for improved access to rural health care close to home, as highlighted in the attached update. Emerging
collaborative efforts have been made with the RRMIC and allied organizations.
Read the full update below.

August 2019 RRMIC UPDATE


June 2018

June 6, 2018 - PICTON, ON

Regulatory College to Limit Doctors for Rural Ontario

Joint Statement response to the CPSO

June 06, 2018 - The SRPC released the following joint statement with the CFPC and OCFP today


(Revised Issued June 18, 2018)

SRPC/CFPC/OCFP Joint Statement

June 12, 2018 - CAEP issued a press release and a statement expressing concern about the CPSO Policy "Expectations Physicians not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine as a Part of their Rural Practice Changing Scope of Practice Process."  The SRPC supports this statement and looks forward to continued collaboration with CAEP to ensure that rural Canadians receive optimal emergency care.

CAEP Statement

Margaret Tromp
SRPC President

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