Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

The pandemic has demonstrated the resiliency of health care workers and our system’s ability to adapt, with hospitals reconfiguring and physicians modifying their practices literally overnight. At the same time, it’s exposed significant gaps and left many vulnerable individuals facing even greater challenges.

In my own experience providing palliative care to people experiencing homelessness in Toronto, I’ve seen first-hand how our vulnerable populations can struggle to access care and even the most basic of necessities. In an effort to close some of these gaps, the CMA Foundation recently announced a $10 million donation to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations, in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

This donation will be distributed to communities across the country and will go toward support services for people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges, community food programs and other community support projects.  

For more information on the CMA Foundation announcements to date, please click here.

Recently published member resources

  • CMA President-Elect Dr. Ann Collins reflects on the public outpouring of support for physicians and other health care providers throughout the pandemic, and shares her own words of gratitude to Canadians.
  • With physicians facing more challenging situations and difficult decisions, Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, the CMA’s executive vice-president of physician health and wellness, shares her tips for how to recognize and prevent moral distress during the pandemic.

Celebrating our nursing colleagues 

Today, on International Nurses Day, we’re sending a special word of thanks to our nursing colleagues. This year has demonstrated more than ever their level of compassion and dedication, as we work together to keep Canadians safe and healthy amid the pandemic.

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 or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you for your tireless and ongoing dedication,
Dr. Sandy Buchman

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