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:
Innovation in family medicine practices;

  • Supporting the work of physicians and other health care workers in hospitals, both large and community-based;
  • Supporting medical learners at Canada’s 17 medical schools;
  • Aiding the physician-led international response.

Family medicine

$5 million will be 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. Family physicians can learn how to apply here.


$5 million will 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 will 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.