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Who We Are

Incorporated in 1978, the Canadian Critical Care Society was led by a dedicated group with a vision of multidisciplinary care where teamwork was essential to understand and use the technology needed to care for the critically ill in this special environment called an intensive care unit. 

This is a national specialty society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. Today there are over 800 physicians who are listed as Critical Care Fellows of the RCPSC. Our membership includes not only physicians specifically trained in critical care medicine (including those who practice but also colleagues such as internists, anesthesiologists, physiotherapists and pharmacists who also care for the critically ill). By engaging all members of our community we hope to provide a unified voice for the work we do.

We invite you to join our society and help support Critical Care Medicine in Canada. Click here to become a member.

What We Do


  • Exclusive access to Member-Only Professional Resources such as guidelines and protocols.
  • Hosts of the 2025 World Congress of Intensive and Critical Care in Vancouver, BC.
  • Organizes Annual Canadian Critical Care Review program for the trainees AND practicing intensivists.
  • Organizes Annual National Acute Critical Event Simulation
  • Developing web-based education activities for maintenance of competence in our speciality.
  • CCCS Education Committee contributed to the submission of the Critical Care Medicine (adult and paediatric) 2015 to the RCPSC Specialty Committee meeting which is now approved by the COS.
  • Several guideline submissions/publications/endorsements (I.e., Calcium Channel Blocker Guidelines, Targeted Temperature Management Guidelines, Withdrawal of Life Support Guidelines and Family Presence during Resuscitation Position Statement).


  • A voice at the Royal College Speciality Committee meeting in Ottawa and at the National Physician Employment summit.   
  • Opportunities to join a CCCS committee to volunteer your time to advance the society goals.  
  • Supporting the development of a Canadian Sepsis Alliance.
  • Participation in the development of a Manpower report to gain a better understanding the current and future state of critical care.
  • A voice in advocating for our concerns around provision of best end of life care.

Member Benefits

  • Private Google Group Access- A private online area where you are first to receive notifications on upcoming conferences, early bird deadlines, newly published guidelines and award opportunities.
  • Discounted rates and early bird notifications to attend the CCCF - Canadian Critical Care Forum, the CCCR - Canadian Critical Care Review Program and the NACES - National Acute Critical Event Simulation
  • Dual Membership discount with ESICM – European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
  • Full members receive Canadian Journal of Anesthesia Access

Awards and Fellowships

  • Every year CCCS and Critical Care Western at the University of Western Ontario recognize professors that have made a memorable contribution to Critical Care education by presenting the Frank S. Rutledge Critical Care Teaching Award.
  • Developing opportunities for fellowship and training programs available throughout Canada.

About the Association

The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

Contact Us


Phone: 1-905-604-0166 Ext. 233 & 235

Address: 20 Crown Steel Dr. Unit #6, Markham, ON L3R 9X9

For media inquiries, please contact Kathryn Hendrick at (416) 277-6281.

The Canadian Critical Care Society thanks our organizational sponsors, MD Financial Management and Scotiabank for their generous support!

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