CMA Foundation donates to help women move themselves out of poverty
March 8, 2019

To commemorate International Women’s Day, the CMA Foundation has made a $25,000 donation to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s work to help women move themselves out of poverty. 

This donation will go to programs that provide women with training in the skilled trades and technology, self-employment, and social purpose enterprise. The programs also offer a range of wrap-around supports, like childcare, emergency loans, mentoring, and financial literacy training.

“There are many obstacles faced by women who live in poverty, from a lack of affordable housing and childcare, to the absence of a supportive social network. Women need access to resources and training that build their confidence and skills to move forward,” says CMA Foundation President, Allison Seymour. “The journey out of poverty is not linear, it’s often two steps forward, one step back, a step sideways. Poverty is a critical determinant of health and through this donation the CMA Foundation offers its support to women, so they can live full and healthy lives.”

The CMA Foundation’s donation will help the Canadian Women’s Foundation support 750+ women each year. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Canadian Women’s Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, they empower women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

The CMA Foundation is the private foundation of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Through collaborative relationships with our partners, the CMA Foundation provides impactful giving to improve the health of Canadians and support excellence in health care. 

The CMA Foundation donates $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado appeal
September 28, 2018

The CMA Foundation has made a donation of $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of their Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Appeal.

From the moment the tornados hit, Red Cross teams have been on the scene in Ottawa and Gatineau, registering impacted families and working with local authorities to run emergency shelters and distribute relief items. Their experienced disaster volunteers are also helping families cope emotionally with the stress and uncertainty of the situation.

This donation, on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial Management and Joule, will help the Canadian Red Cross be there 24/7 to provide the help and comfort they need.

Supporting Winnipeg's Indigenous communities and promoting a holistic approach to women's health; the CMA Foundation gives back to Winnipeg
August 21, 2018

To show its appreciation for hosting the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) inaugural Health Summit, the CMA Foundation is donating $12,500 to two local charities that play a vital role in the lives of many Winnipeg residents, Ka Ni Kanichihk and Women’s Health Clinic.

Ka Ni Kanichihk is an Indigenous centre that identifies programs and services that focus on wholeness and wellness, helping people to help themselves. Their goal is to build a sustainable future for their community. Empowering better care for Indigenous Peoples was just one discussions that took place at the Health Summit, and a community of interest has been established to examine indigenous health inequities and ways of resolving these inequities on a personal, organizational and institutional level.

Women’s Health Clinic is a feminist, community health clinic that offers a range of services with a holistic approach that emphasizes prevention, education and action. They encourage people to learn all they can about what contributes to their health and well-being so that they can make informed decisions.

“We are grateful to the City of Winnipeg for hosting the CMA’s Health Summit and are thrilled to support two organizations that provide critical support to Indigenous communities and women across the city,” says Dr. Laurent Marcoux, CMA President.

To find out more about these organizations, please visit or .

The CMA Foundation celebrates its one-year anniversary
May 4, 2018

The CMA Foundation is proud to celebrate its first anniversary on May 4, 2018. The CMA Foundation was created by the Canadian Medical Association, in partnership with its subsidiaries MD Financial Management and Joule, to provide impactful charitable giving to registered Canadian charities that further excellence in health care and support the causes physicians are most passionate about.

Since its formation, only a short year ago, the CMA Foundation has provided a number of significant grants that address the Foundation’s three pillars: medical education, physician wellness and outreach.

More specifically:

  • $399,500 for the CMA 150th Anniversary Bursaries and Awards Program: Launched in August 2017, in partnership with the CMA, this program celebrates the values of the medical profession and helps to alleviate some of the financial challenges faced by many Canadian medical students. Over five years, the CMA Foundation will provide bursaries in the amount of $8,500 and awards in the amount of $15,000 to more than 170 students from Canada’s 17 medical schools.
  • $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross: In October 2017, this donation helped provide immediate and long-term disaster relief support, including care to Canadians affected by the wildfires in British Columbia.
  • $60,000 to Tree Canada: In November 2017, the CMA Foundation announced this grant to support the planting of healing trees on hospital grounds in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. This grant also supports MD Financial Management’s efforts to reduce the use of paper.
  • $60,000 for the Resident Doctors of Canada’s new resiliency training program: In November 2017, a grant of $60,000 was pledged to the Resident Doctors of Canada’s new resiliency training program to support the wellness of medical residents.
  • $20,000 to the Royal University Hospital Foundation: In April 2018, a donation of $20,000 was given to the hospital caring for survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy. These funds helped provide immediate disaster-relief support for the Royal University Hospital and its staff as they responded to the tragic bus accident, through the ongoing treatment of patients and the mental and physical health of the medical staff.
  • $150,000 for the Healthy Canadians Grants program: Launched in May 2018, in partnership with the CMA, this new grant program will fund innovative grassroots health initiatives that support vulnerable populations and contribute to vibrant and healthy communities across Canada.

The CMA Foundation also supports the Donor Advised Fund program, which offers one of the most effective and tax-advantageous ways for donors to give to charity and establish a lasting legacy.

Building on the growth and success of its first year, the CMA Foundation, through collaborative relationships with partners, continues to focus on causes that directly support Canadian physicians and physician learners.

The CMA Foundation donates $20,000 to the hospital caring for Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy survivors
April 12, 2018

The CMA Foundation has made a donation of $20,000 to the Royal University Hospital Foundation. We hope that this donation will help provide immediate disaster-relief support for the Royal University Hospital and its staff as they continue to respond to the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident.

The Royal University Hospital received and is treating the victims of this heartbreaking accident. We hope our donation will help the hospital with the ongoing treatment of these trauma patients as well as support the mental and physical health of responding medical staff.

This donation to the Royal University Hospital Foundation is effective, appropriate and aligned with our priorities of supporting patients and physicians.

We extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. We recognize and applaud the efforts of all the medical personnel and first responders, and thank them for everything they did at the accident site, in the hospital and beyond.

The Canadian Medical Association, Joule and MD Financial Management are members of the CMA Foundation.