The Rural Road Map:

The Advancing Rural Family Medicine: Canadian Collaborative Taskforce (Taskforce) is a joint initiative of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC). The goal of this joint initiative is to enhance equitable access to health care and improve patient outcomes in rural and remote communities in Canada.

Striving to support equitable access to health care services and improve the health of individuals living in rural Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada are pleased to share this new 11-minute video describing the Rural Road Map for Action. The Advancing Rural Family Medicine: Canadian Collaborative Taskforce created the Rural Road Map with the input of key stakeholders from across the country. The Rural Road Map highlights four directions and 20 actions designed to guide the enhancement of rural health care in Canada. Please share this video widely and be part of the movement taking action.

April 2019

Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC)

At its June 2018 and January 2019 meetings, the RRMIC agreed on its work-plan focusing on priority actions that were not being addressed nationally and where high yield of impact seemed possible. Link below to to read over Appendix A describing each of the RRM actions and progress made to date on implementation status as of February 1st)

Apr 27, 2018

The attached communiqué provides an update on progress that has been made since the launch of the Rural Road Map for Action (RRM) in February 2017. Reports have been shared from across Canada about initiatives the RRM has catalyzed. To support the implementation of the RRM, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) formed the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC) earlier this year. The RRMIC is designed to provide a forum whereby members can report and deliberate on how to further advance the RRM in ways that can be scaled and spread locally, provincially, and at a pan-Canadian level. The RRMIC will support the dissemination of success stories and discuss strategic opportunities to influence the broader uptake of the RRM.

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Nous vous présentons une mise à jour des progrès accomplis depuis le lancement du Plan d’action pour la médecine rurale (le Plan d’action) en février 2017. Nous avons reçu des rapports provenant d’un bout à l’autre du pays sur les diverses initiatives ayant vu le jour dans la foulée du lancement du Plan d’action. Plus tôt cette année, le Collège des médecins de famille du Canada (CMFC) et la Société de la médecine rurale du Canada (SMRC) ont mis sur pied le Comité sur la mise en œuvre du Plan d’action (le Comité), afin d’appuyer son déploiement. Le Comité a pour but de fournir aux membres une tribune pour discuter et décider des mesures pouvant être prises et appliquées à l’échelle locale, provinciale et pancanadienne afin de faire progresser le Plan d’action. En plus d’aider à communiquer des exemples de réussites, le Comité explorera les possibilités stratégiques pour encourager une plus grande participation au Plan d’action. 

Nous vous invitons à vous engager à nos efforts collectifs. Si ce n’est déjà fait, veuillez écrire à pour confirmer que vous souhaitez toujours recevoir des courriels au sujet de notre travail, et dites-nous de quelle façon vous aimeriez participer. Vous pouvez également nous écrire pour demander que votre nom soit retiré de cette liste de distribution.


Thank you, Merci,

Ruth Wilson, MD, CCFP, FCFP


James Rourke, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP




A national summit was hosted on February 22, 2017 in Ottawa dedicated to improving health care access and equity in rural communities in Canada. The Summit marked the launch of the Rural Road Map for Action that provides 20 recommendations to enhance rural health care. The recommendations identify four directions outlined in the Rural Road Map that aim to:

  • Reinforce the social accountability mandate of medical schools and residency programs to address health care needs of rural and Indigenous communities
  • Implement policy interventions that align medical education with workforce planning
  • Establish practice models that provide rural and Indigenous communities with timely access to quality health care
  • Institute a national rural research agenda to support rural workforce planning aimed at improving access to patient-centered and quality-focused care in rural Canada

The Summit focused on how the recommendations can be translated into actions that are coordinated, comprehensive, measurable, and sustainable. The aim is to engage all stakeholders in applying these recommendations to future policy-making and planning, as well as to identify roles in addressing issues related to health care equity for rural Canada. The Summit united national leaders in education, practice and human resource planning, as well as physicians of rural and Indigenous communities. We are pleased to share with you with the final report of the Summit to Improve Health Care Access and Equity for Rural Communities in Canada.

Additional Resources available

Producing the Rural Generalist  Dr. Ruth Wilson & Dr. Trina Larsen Soles Day 1 - Report from the Advancing Rural Family Medicine Taskforce
Rural Generalist Medicine - World Summit April 8, 2015. Montreal Quebec

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