The Canadian Association of General Surgeons is the only national organization representing the interests of general surgeons in Canada. We struggle with manpower shortages, the aging of general surgeons, decreasing interest in general surgery as a career choice, and a shortage of funding in all areas of health care. CAGS provides a voice for ALL Canadian general surgeons. A strong and unified voice is more necessary at this time than at any other in the past.

Update: July 2020

CAGS is in the process of launching a new membership system this summer and are unable to process new membership applications at this time.  Please reach out to us at and we will send you application instructions as soon as they are ready!

Member Benefits

Members’ Only Discounts & Affinity Programs

  • Reduced registration fees for the Canadian Surgery Forum
  • Preferred rates with TD Meloche Monnex home and auto insurance 
  • Discounted subscription to EIDO Inform Canada patient-consent pamplets
  • Reduced registration fees for S.E.E. Program (Skills Enhancement for Endoscopy)
  • Free manuscript submission to the Canadian Journal of Surgery
  • membership (discounts for travel, shopping, events, and business services)
  • Goodlife Corporate Membership rates

Members’ Only Services

  • Exclusive access to CAGS member portal which houses:
    • Section 1-accredited content through Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery (EBRS)
    • Section 3-accredited content through VP Connect
    • Canada’s largest repository of general surgeon jobs, locums and fellowship opportunities
    • Comprehensive video library of CAGS webinars and CAGS TV MIS procedures
    • Acute Care Surgery Textbook (29 chapters currently published)
    • Member directory with search functionality and private messaging
    • Discussion forums on a variety of topics
  • Eligibility for Canadian General Surgery Foundation Operating Grants
  • Monthly members’ only newsletter with exclusive content
  • Distribution of members’ surveys
  • Mentorship programs for Rural Surgery and Women in Surgery
  • Free registration for CAGS webinars

Your membership dues also support:

  • Resident education and preparatory exams
  • Global surgery initiatives
  • Position statements on topics affecting general surgery
  • Advocacy at the national and provincial levels for all Canadian general surgeons
  • Publication of the Canadian Journal of Surgery
  • Development of the Masters Laparoscopic Colectomy Program
  • The building of our general surgeon community where surgeons from all areas of practice and career stages can come together to collaborate, share information and learn from one another