Canadian Medical Association

CMA activity and submissions


April 30, 2021

Recommendations for equitable COVID-19 pandemic recovery in Canada

This report outlines 13 recommendations based on findings from systematic reviews to address health inequities related to income, housing, intimate partner violence, childhood, access to health care and racism. These recommendations aim to address health inequities exposed and exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 6, 2018

Canada's Food Guide

The CMA calls for a modern, practical Canada Food Guide based on sound nutritional evidence in a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health

April 23, 2018

CMA letter to Health Canada

The CMA issues a letter to Health Canada calling for front-of-packaging labelling on food and beverages

March 3, 2018

Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

(Reviewed March 3, 2018) CMA publishes a policy highlighting the link between obesity and cardiovascular disease, the value of physical activity and healthy eating for preventing obesity, populations at increased risk, key components of obesity prevention efforts, and areas for further research


June 14, 2017

CMA support for Bill S-228

The CMA’s support for Bill S-228: An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children)

March 4, 2017

Restricting Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages to Children and Youth in Canada

CMA is among the signatories of a consensus statement recommending that the federal government restrict marketing targeted to children under 13 of food and beverages high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, free sugars or sodium


May 20, 2016

The Role of Physicians in Prevention and Health Promotion

(Reviewed May 20, 2016) CMA publishes a policy outlining physicians’ role in prevention and health promotion and recommends ways to strengthen this role, including greater focus in undergraduate medical programs, residency training and continuing medical education


June 2, 2015

Obesity in Canada: Causes, Consequences and the Way Forward

In a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the CMA shares the physician perspective on the causes and consequences of obesity in Canada and recommends ways to help Canadians make healthy food choices

May 30, 2015

Healthy Behaviours – Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

A CMA policy paper discusses the importance of physical activity and healthy eating as well as the role individuals, families, schools, workplaces, communities, the food industry and governments play in promoting healthy lifestyles

May 30, 2015

Health in All Policies

CMA recommends that the federal government take a “Health in all Policies” approach by considering health in all policies it develops, helping to address the wider social determinants of health and improve health outcomes in Canada


October 17, 2011

Chronic Diseases Related to Aging

The CMA presents to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health about aging-related chronic diseases, recommending a comprehensive national chronic disease management program to reduce the burden of chronic disease on patients, the health care system and society

May 31, 2009

Active Transportation

A CMA policy highlights the health benefits of active transportation (walking, cycling and other human-powered forms of transportation) and recommends ways for individuals, communities, businesses and governments to encourage active transportation

Tools & Resources


Low-risk drinking guidelines

Alcohol consumption can contribute to negative health outcomes, including certain chronic diseases. Use the CMA’s recommended guidelines for low-risk drinking to help patients avoid these consequences.


Obesity in Canada

Obesity increases the risk of many serious health problems. Read the CMA’s brief on the causes and consequences of obesity in Canada, with recommendations for addressing them.


Promoting physical activity and healthy eating

The CMA’s policy paper on healthy behaviours looks at the importance of physical activity and healthy eating and how people, families, schools, workplaces, communities, the food industry and governments can help promote them.

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