Our Programs

October 19, 2020by jasminht

Since its establishment in 1987 the Canadian Medical Foundation has supported a wide range of programs to support physicians and create healthy communities. While our projects may have changed over the last 36 years, our commitment to helping Canadian health professionals help others has not.

In response to the global pandemic, we worked alongside partner organizations to stop the spread of infectious diseases by addressing gaps in hygiene efforts through our Stop the Gaps campaign in Canada and outside of Canada.

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report and to inequities that have affected the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada for over 150 years, in 2021 we partnered with Indspire, an Indigenous national charity, to establish Indspire’s only bursary for Indigenous medical students no matter which medical school they are attending.

In Canada, where more than 200 languages are reported as the mother tongue, the importance of cultural competence and cultural safety and their impact on health and managing illness cannot be overstated. Simply put, Canada needs more Indigenous physicians, we need more Black physicians, as well as physicians from other underrepresented communities. However, students from many communities often face barriers that make it more difficult for them to not just get into medical school but to complete it. While in high school or undergrad, they may not have the mentors to guide them, or they may not have the funds to complete medical school, and international medical graduates and other foreign-trained health professionals who wish to practice in Canada may need both mentors and financial support to help them negotiate the system and succeed. CMF’s new partnerships and initiatives will be addressing some of those gaps.

Canada needs more healthcare professionals, and we need more diversity and equity in the health workforce. While governments and other bodies can work on addressing larger and longer-term systematic changes, such as streamlining licensing, we will be doing our part to increase support for underrepresented and under-resourced communities starting one physician at a time, with a vision to expand to programs supporting the nursing community as well.

You can read more about our programs below.  And please consider donating towards our efforts to improve equity and diversity  in our health workforce.

You can read more about our programs below.



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