Frontline health care

COVID-19 is creating unprecedented challenges for Canada’s health care providers. With scarce supplies and stressful working conditions, they need our support more than ever.

The CMA Foundation is responding, by granting funds to support the work of frontline physicians and medical professionals, targeting critical needs within the healthcare system as a result of COVID-19, including:

  • Improving health care practices at long-term care homes;
  • Supporting the work of physicians and other health care workers in hospitals, both large and community-based;
  • Innovation in family medicine practices;
  • Aiding the physician-led international response.

Long-term care

$2 million was granted to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) to support the LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together program. Its goal is to educate and assist people working in long-term care  to make immediate improvements to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 in LTC facilities. Learn more about the program here.


$5 million to support the Frontline Fund for Healthcare Workers, to ensure that health care workers on the frontline, across Canada, can access the resources they need when they need them.

$5 million to support health care workers at the frontline of community hospitals, through a fund set up by the CMA Foundation.

These funds will be used for supplies, like personal protective equipment, ventilators and testing equipment; supports, like counselling, accommodation and food for healthcare workers that need to self-isolate and research, like clinical drug trials and intense vaccine development efforts.

Physicians abroad 

$250,000 will go to the Doctors Without Borders’ COVID-19 Emergency Fund, to honour the doctors who provide essential medical care to people in places where pre-existing health systems cannot reach.

Research-driven solutions

Family medicine

$5 million was granted to the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM)’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant Program (Co-RIG). The objective of this initiative is to maximize the effectiveness of care and the safety of family physicians and of their care teams, leading to a rapid front-line response to protect and treat everyone in Canada. Co-RIG phase 1 grant recipients have been selected — learn more about each of them here

Virtual care

$200,000 was granted to the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) to support research on virtual care approaches and outcomes, recognizing that it remains an important tool during the pandemic.