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Dr. Jane Lemaire

Dr. Jane Lemaire

Back in 2004 when Dr. Jane Lemaire became vice-chair of physician wellness in the University of Calgary’s department of medicine, the issue was in its infancy. “In terms of being able to find a resource (on physician wellness), there was almost nothing."

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Together, we can set a high bar for respectful interactions, in-person, by phone and online

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is committed to building a medical culture that is physically, psychologically, …

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CMA activity and submissions

2022

February 16, 2022

Appearance before House of Commons committee to study Canada’s health workforce

CMA President Dr. Katharine Smart appears before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to welcome a study on Canada’s health workforce. In her remarks, she explains physician burnout is at an all-time high and the health workforce is in the midst of a crisis.

February 9, 2022

Appearance before senate committee to support Pandemic Observance Day

CMA President Dr. Katharine Smart appears before the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to support Bill S-209, An Act Respecting Pandemic Observance Day. In her remarks, she explains it offers a chance to reflect on what we’ve collectively been through and the lessons we’ve learned.
2021

December 15, 2021

CMA Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities’ study of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code

The CMA applauds the federal government for taking rapid action and introducing new legislation to protect health workers from threats, intimidation and violence, and urges Parliament to support its enactment.

December 10, 2021

CMA Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s study of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code

In this letter, the CMA strongly supports the introduction of new legislation to protect health workers from threats, intimidation and violence, and urges Parliament to support its enactment.

November 9, 2021

Canada’s doctors and nurses urgently calling for federal measures to address Canada’s health workforce crisis

In this joint letter to the prime minister, the CMA and Canadian Nurses Association urge the federal government to follow through on its health commitments, including actions to improve access to primary, mental health and long-term care, eliminate health system waitlists and protect health workers from harassment.

May 26, 2021

National Approach to Licensure

This joint letter to provincial and territorial health ministers makes the case for a national approach to licensure, underscoring the state of crisis of the health care system and the need to address the mobility of heath care professionals across jurisdictions to improve access to care.

April 23, 2021

Appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health: Study on the Emergency Situation Facing Canadians in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

CMA President Dr. Ann Collins calls for continued collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments in responding to the pandemic, and for additional resources to bolster the weakened health care system, including to expand primary care.
2020

November 30, 2020

Committee Appearance: House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA)

CMA President Dr. Ann Collins calls on government and health authorities to protect Canadians and care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including by enhancing access to mental health resources, addressing backlogs in medical services, expanding primary care teams and boosting public health capacity.

August 27, 2020

Recommendations for Canada’s long-term recovery plan - open letter

This joint letter to the prime minister outlines a series of recommendations to address gaps exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in areas such as virtual care, support for older adults, Canada’s National Anti-Racism Strategy, primary care, pharmacare and mental health resources for health care professionals.

March 23, 2020

Protecting and supporting Canada’s health care providers during COVID-19

Writing to the prime minister and Saskatchewan premier, the CMA and several other health associations urge governments to make personal protective equipment readily available, put emergency funding and support programs in place for care providers, and share adequate, timely, evidence-based information on the pandemic.
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