FAQ: Annual dues

COVID-19 has completely upended my practice. I don’t know if I will be able to afford my full dues amount this year. Will the Royal College take this into consideration?

The Royal College works hard to support Fellows. Each year, we offer reduced fees for Fellows based on projected net professional income, temporary leave (family/health) or enrolment in recognized postgraduate programs. Fellows may qualify for a fee reduction based on these existing parameters. Please review our dues information webpage for full details and contact membership@royalcollege.ca for more particular information.

Last year I did not pay my dues. I’ve now received a statement for both 20/21 and 21/22 dues. Do I need to pay the full amount?

Normally, Fellows who do not pay their dues are removed from Fellowship in November annually. Payment of the prior year dues is required if removed members decide to reinstate within 12 months of their removal. Due to COVID considerations, the Royal College did not remove Fellowship in November 2020 thus, any Fellows with outstanding 2020/21 fees will see these on their current account statements. In fairness to Fellows who did pay their membership fees last year, we will be requiring payment of outstanding dues and removals for non-payment of 2020-21 and 2021-22 dues will take place in November 2021. Any payments made will be applied to the oldest outstanding amount. If you have reduced income or other factors affecting your ability to pay your dues, please contact our Services Centre to discuss options.

I’ve lost my ID number.

You will find your ID number on your annual dues invoice. You can also recover your ID number through the Royal College’s secure access log-in page.

I can’t find my password.

It is the same password that you would use to access the MAINPORT ePortfolio. If you don’t remember it, you can reset it online via the Royal College’s secure access log-in page.

Did fees change this year?

Annual membership dues for 2021-2022 were approved at the Annual Meeting of the Members on February 25, 2021. Dues remain unchanged from the 2020-21 rate of C$990 for Active Fellows residing and practising in Canada. (Long term members pay C$247.) View the full list of fees and reduction amounts.

Why didn’t the Royal College decrease dues?

While COVID-19 did reduce some expenses for the Royal College (such as travel), other areas of our operations were significantly impacted with new expenses. Costs incurred to move exams, workshops, accreditation surveys and committee meetings to on-line platforms; and hosting written exams in significantly more locations than normal including internationally, are just two examples of significant new expenses. As a result, the Financial Reporting & Risk Oversight Committee recommended holding dues at 2021-2022 rates rather than decreasing dues.

How can I get my income tax receipt?

If you have paid annual dues or made a donation, your income tax receipt will be available for download shortly after your payment has been processed. Receipts are available as far back as 2016. Download your receipt here.

I downloaded my receipt — why does it say no payments were made?

This message means we have no record of you making payments during the chosen year. Please double check that you selected the applicable year and receipt type, and visit our dues information page to review the options for how to pay.

My receipt indicates I have paid. Why am I still receiving statements with a balance owing?

You must have only made a partial payment. Please refer to your last statement for your remaining balance. Your receipt will be updated and available for download shortly after your payment has been processed.

I overpaid last year. Will my invoice reflect that I have a credit?

Your invoice will show the full membership fee for 2020-21. However, if you pay online through the Royal College’s secure website, the amount owing shown there will factor in your credit.

If you have a credit, you will have received a statement from us in January indicating your credit amount.

How do I apply for a fee reduction?

Apply for a fee reduction here.

If I am earning between $35,000 and $115,000 and enrolled in a post-grad full-time program, which fee reduction do I apply for?

You would qualify for the full-time postgraduate fee reduction amount at 25%, which is the lesser amount.

Will I have to participate in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program while pursuing full-time postgraduate studies?

Yes. Even if you are eligible for the full-time postgraduate fee reduction, as a Royal College Fellow you have been enrolled in a five-year MOC cycle and must meet the usual adherence and compliance requirements for Royal College MOC participation. Royal College Fellows can earn and claim up to 100 credits a year towards their MOC cycle for postgraduate studies alone.

How long do I have to wait to pay after I apply for a fee reduction?

If you pay through your financial institution’s website, you can pay the correct reduced amount right away. However, if you wish to pay through the Royal College’s secure website, please wait five working days while we apply the fee reduction to your account. Once we have updated your balance, we will send you an email confirming that you can pay the reduced amount online through our website.

When do I get my receipt?

Your receipt will be available for download shortly after your payment has been processed.

When do I get my membership card?

In response to significant feedback, membership cards will no longer be mailed. Your membership card will be available for download shortly after your payment has been processed.

Can I pay using Internet banking?

Yes, we have enrolled with several major financial institutions to provide Fellows and MOC Program participants with an Internet banking service. To use online banking, simply log in to your financial institution’s website, add the Royal College to your list of payees and enter your Royal College ID as your account number.

You can pay via online banking through these financial institutions:

  • Bank of Montreal
  • Caisse Populaire Desjardins
  • CIBC
  • HSBC Canada
  • National Bank
  • PC Financial
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • TD Canada Trust

Contact us
Royal College Services Centre
Email: membership@royalcollege.ca
Telephone: 613-730-6243; toll-free 1-800-461-9598

The Royal College Services Centre is here to help.