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The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) is the voice of organized medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. A division of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the NLMA is a non-profit professional organization funded primarily by its members. The Association represents the views of the physicians of the province with governments, the media and the general public. It also advocates on behalf of all patients for a fair and equitable health care system in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada.

The NLMA represents the political, clinical and economic interests of the province’s medical profession. Practicing physicians, residents and students enrolled at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine are eligible for membership in the Association. The province’s Medical Act requires that all practicing physicians hold membership in the Association as a condition of licensure.

The NLMA is governed by its members, who meet each year for the annual general meeting. Between meetings of the general membership, the Board of Directors acts as the NLMA’s governing body, and exercises the rights and powers of the Association. The Board of Directors is elected by the general membership at the annual meeting. There is also an extensive committee structure. The day-to-day work is conducted by a staff of 10 at NLMA House in St. John's.







To represent and support a united medical profession and provide leadership in the provision of excellent health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.







Excellence: We strive to be the best in everything we do for physicians and their patients and we are committed to continuous learning and improvement.

Professionalism: We strive to unite physicians around the fundamental tenets of high quality standards, patient safety, professional autonomy, accountability, responsiveness and physician health and well-being.

Integrity: We uncompromisingly adhere to the highest ethical standards and honesty in representing our members and conducting our business.

Compassion: We foster an individual and corporate culture of caring for physicians, their patients and each other.

Cohesiveness: We strive to bring together diverse communities of interest in the pursuit of common goals.




NLMA Membership Statistics




Founded in 1924 as a voluntary association of the province’s physicians, the NLMA has from its beginning played a vital role in the development and promotion of health care services across the province. Today, the NLMA represents some 1,300 practicing physicians in the province.