Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

As COVID-19 continues to strain our health care systems, I’m pleased to share the news that the CMA Foundation (CMAF) is committing $20 million to address some of the urgent needs identified by the medical community.

The CMA has been working with our members, our partners and government officials to respond to the pandemic and have seen Canadians come together like never before. This historic contribution from the CMAF will have a huge impact on the medical community and health care across Canada.

Please find below more details about this new CMAF funding:

  • The CMAF has allocated $5 million to the Frontline Fund for Healthcare Workers and $5 million to benefit community hospitals. These funds will go toward supplies (PPE, ventilators and testing equipment); supports (counselling, accommodation and food for physicians and other health care workers who need to self-isolate); and research (clinical drug trials and vaccine development efforts).
  • $5 million will be granted to the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant Program. This program will support family physicians in addressing gaps and needs in their practices as a result of the pandemic – with the goal of maximizing the effectiveness of care and keeping family doctors and their care teams safe.
  • Medical learners across Canada have had their studies and training halted as a result of the pandemic, and many are facing unexpected financial challenges. Working with the 17 medical schools across Canada, the CMAF is granting $5 million to help address these challenges for medical learners.
  • The CMAF is also granting $250,000 to the Doctors without Borders/Médecins sans frontières’ COVID-19 Crisis Fund to provide medical care in regions without pre-existing health systems.

To learn more about today’s announcement, please visit the CMAF website.

Advocacy continues on PPE

While we’ve seen some encouraging actions by governments to acquire and distribute more PPE, we want to know whether physicians are seeing a difference at the frontline. Our practising and resident members received a survey invitation yesterday – similar to the one we sent at the end of March – to share their feedback. With this new data in hand, we’ll continue to call for action where it’s needed most.

Launch of online mindfulness workshops

Recognizing the extraordinary demands and stress physicians are facing, Joule has launched a new series of mindfulness workshops to help support your mental well-being. These free, interactive online sessions will be held April 23, 28 and 30; visit the Joule site to register now.

Recently published member resources 

Maintaining your well-being

Experiences from the frontline

  • A quiet hospital may sound like good news right now, but falling admissions have CMA President-Elect Dr. Ann Collins and her colleagues worried that patients may be avoiding the care they need in favour of isolation. Read her latest blog.

As a reminder, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions related to COVID-19. Our Member Service Centre can be reached at memberservicecentre@cma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you for your ongoing dedication and commitment in these challenging times,
Dr. Sandy Buchman


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