About us



The CMA Foundation was founded as the CMA Holdings Foundation in 2005 and renamed in 2017. Created by the Canadian Medical Association, we provide impactful charitable giving to registered Canadian charities and qualified donees that further excellence in health care.

Our current support

Through collaborative relationships, we recently provided a number of significant grants that focus on our three pillars: medical education, physician wellness and outreach. These include:

  • $399,500 annually for the CMA 150th Anniversary Bursaries and Awards Program – providing bursaries and awards to more than 170 students from Canada’s 17 medical schools.
  • $300,000 for the 2019 Healthy Canadians Grants Program – funding innovative grassroots health initiatives that support vulnerable populations and contribute to vibrant and healthy communities across Canada, focused on youth mental health and substance use.
  • $105,000, in partnership with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), to support Stand Up for Indigenous Health, which is the first simulation-based tool for teaching future health care providers the social, physical and mental factors that affect the health of Indigenous people in Canada.

Our recent support

  • $25,000 to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to help women move themselves out of poverty, in commemoration of 2019 International Women’s Day.
  • $65,000, in partnership with AFMC, to provide travel bursaries for 24 medical students to attend a Wellness Ambassador pre-conference, held in advance of the International Conference on Physician Health.
  • $150,000 for the 2018 Healthy Canadians Grants Program – funding for 14 innovative grassroots health initiatives that support vulnerable populations and contribute to vibrant and healthy communities across Canada, focused on seniors’ wellness.
  • $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of their Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Appeal.
  • $12,500 to Ka Ni Kanichihk, an Indigenous centre that recognizes programs and services that focus on wholeness and wellness, helping people to help themselves.
  • $60,000 to Tree Canada, to support the planting of healing trees on hospital grounds.
  • $12,500 to Women’s Health Clinic, a feminist, community health clinic that offers a range of services with a holistic approach that emphasizes prevention, education and action.
  • $20,000 to the Royal University Hospital Foundation – providing immediate disaster-relief support for the hospital staff caring for survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy.
  • $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, to provide immediate and long-term disaster relief support, including care to Canadians affected by the wildfires in British Columbia.

 

The CMA Foundation proactively works with medical associations, affiliates and business partners, and does not currently accept unsolicited requests for funding.