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Resources Supporting Advocacy

Advocacy Toolkits

Canadan Medical Association: Guide to Political Action

  • Introductory, 20-page guide to Canadian government and physician advocacy
  • Describes how bills become law, glossary of terms, template conversations with Members of Parliament

Canadian Medical Association: MD-MP Contact Program

  • Introductory, 16-page guide to effective conversations with Members of Parliament, building relationships, and letter-writing


Presentations and Seminars

Canadian Medical Association: Advocacy Skills Training

  • CMA staff and guest speakers may be able to provide an introduction to government, policy, and advocacy via webinars, videoconferences, or in-person events
  • Contact [email protected] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <<-span><<-span> for more information or 1-800-682-6367

Financial Resources

Canadian Federation of Medical Students: Student Initiative Grants

  • Funding available for projects that enhance medical education, the health care system, or the local community

Alberta Medical Association: Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program

  • Grant program for the health advocacy initiatives of medical students and residents

Ontario Medical Students Association: Innovator Grants

  • Funding available for projects that enhance Ontario medical education, the provincial health care system, or the community

Advocacy Awards

Canadian Medical Association: Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action

  • The Sir Charles Tupper Award is presented at General Council to a member of the MD-MP Contact Program or other CMA member who has demonstrated leadership, commitment, and dedication in advancing the goals and policies of the CMA through grassroots advocacy

Canadian Medical Association: Awards for Young Leaders

  • Awarded for exemplary commitment and leadership in one of the following domains: political, clinical, education, research and community service

Doctors of British Columbia: Changemaker Award

  • The Changemaker Award recognizes medical residents and students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the cause of advancing the policies, views, and goals of Doctors of BC, or of a medical resident / student organization in BC, through grassroots advocacy efforts
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