CAS Current Priorities

CAS strives to be the voice of the profession, a recognized source for anesthesiologists, government and media. On top of our ongoing advocacy, we have identified (based on your input) the below matters as the most important issues facing our profession.

Please stay tuned for updates or contact us for more information.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)


In early 2021, CAS learned that the Ministry of Health in British Columbia had created a plan to introduce Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) as a new health profession and to establish an educational program to train CRNAs in BC. The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society does not support the introduction of CRNAs – either independent practice or supervised – into the Canadian healthcare system.  

Since we learned of the Ministry’s intentions, CAS has been supporting our BC colleagues with their advocacy efforts and in developing a strategy to stop the Ministry from moving closer to including CRNAs in the province. We have contracted a public affairs firm with extensive experience in advocacy and government relations to advise the BCAS throughout this process. 

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Family Practice Anesthesiologists

At our 2021 November Board meeting, CAS passed a resolution committing CAS to further engagement with our Family Practice Anesthetist (FPA) colleagues. FPAs are trained Family Physicians that have undergone an intensive 12-month residency in anesthesia, on top of the residency requirements to be licensed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. FPAs are typically used in rural and remote settings but may be seen by governments as a way to address critical policy concerns.

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