Government of New Brunswick

All physicians practicing in New Brunswick must be registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick and be members of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS).

The College of Physicians and Surgeons is primarily responsible for the licensing of New Brunswick physicians, monitoring physician practices and investigating when a patient files a complaint against a physician.

The New Brunswick Medical Society is the professional association for all physicians in New Brunswick and  is a provincial division of the Canadian Medical Association.  Originally created in 1867, the NBMS has a two-part mission: to represent and service all practicing and future physicians in the province, and to advocate for the health of New Brunswickers.

Once a physician has accepted an offer from a Regional Health Authority to practice in the province, the physician must obtain a billing number and be registered with New Brunswick Medicare to receive any type of remuneration from New Brunswick Medicare.  The physician’s primary remuneration type (i.e. fee-for-service, salary or other) is typically indicated within the offer letter made by the Regional Health Authority.

The province of New Brunswick and the regional health authorities work together to ensure appropriate succession planning and offer a variety of programs for physicians who might be interested in sharing a practice, thinking of transition to retirement options, or are retired from active practice but would like to continue to perform operating room assists. More information on these programs can be found here: