Healthcare Societies & Associations

The ACT Foundation

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The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the national charitable organization dedicated to establishing free CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for mannequins and resources for all high schools and guides schools in program set-up. ACT’s goal is to see all youth graduate with the skills and knowledge to save lives. The program also has a strong health promotion component, encouraging youth to adopt healthy lifestyle habits at a young age.

  Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada


We are a registered Canadian non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them. Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada. They are also highly treatable. Our organization seeks to educate consumers, professionals and the public at large about anxiety disorders so that together, informed treatment choices can be made.

 Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (CAOT)


AMMI Canada is the national association that represents physicians, clinical microbiologists and researchers specializing in the fields of medical microbiology and infectious diseases. Through promotion of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human infectious diseases and by our involvement in education, research, clinical practice and advocacy, AMMI Canada aims to serve and educate the public and also to enhance the career opportunities of its members through professional development and advocacy initiatives.

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)


The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) provides decision-makers with the evidence, analysis, advice, and recommendations they require to make informed decisions in health care.

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) is a not-for-profit association for over 350 nurses specializing in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence.

Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (CAS)

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Innovative leadership and excellence in anesthesiology, preoperative care, and patient safety. The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society enables anesthesiologists to excel in patient care through research, education and advocacy.

Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)


Education, research and patient advocacy are passions that bring emergency physicians from across this great country together at CAEP. We work together on committees to make strides in these areas. CAEP develops policy statements to help change the system. We raise money for research to help find better ways of treating patients. We provide CME to help emergency docs do their job better. CAEP does all of this on a fundamental principle:  We Care!

Canadian Association of Medical Device Resprocessing (CAMDR)

The Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR) has been established as a new organization comprising members interested to elevate the quality and standards of reprocessing nationwide. It is born of the identified need to serve and support its membership and shared learnings with other healthcare professionals and industries with whom we interact.

As part of its mandate, CAMDR seeks to address numerous issues including patient safety, infection prevention & control, technology assessments, vendor relations, organizational management, and education. Our vision is that with the involvement of technicians, nurses, managers, and other stakeholders, we will enhance the knowledge exchange and ultimately improve patient care. The founding members are passionate about furthering the aims and goals of the profession.

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG)

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The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) was founded in 1962 to promote the study of the digestive tract in health and disease. The Association is built on broad principles and includes individuals of different disciplines (physicians, surgeons, paediatricians, radiologists, basic scientists). Today, the Association is comprised of over 1,100 members. CAG members are actively involved in research, education and patient care in all areas of digestive health and disease, contributing to the economic and social health of all Canadians.

Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses

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The Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) sets standards of practice and promotes continuing professional education and research. Members collaborate with individuals, families, interdisciplinary teams and communities to prevent illness and to improve health outcomes for people with, or at risk for, neurological disorders.

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)

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The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists provides services, products, events and networking opportunities to assist occupational therapists achieve excellence in their professional practice. In addition CAOT provides national leadership to actively develop and promote the client-centred profession of occupational therapy in Canada and internationally.

Children’s Healthcare Canada

CHC is a non-profit organization that brings together many healthcare organizations across the country representing multidisciplinary health professionals providing health services for children, youth and their families within quaternary and tertiary health centres, community health centres, rehabilitation centres, and home care provider agencies nationwide.

Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS)


The Canadian Critical Care Society is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)

Canadian Dermatology Association

The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists.  The association exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members; support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.

Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)

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Our mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. We deliver our mission by: • providing people with diabetes and healthcare professionals with education and services • advocating on behalf of people with diabetes • supporting research • translating research into practical applications

Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA)                  Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.07.25 PM

The Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) is the federation of provincial and territorial hospital and health organizations across Canada. Through our members, CHA represents a broad continuum of care, including acute care, home and community care, long term care, public health, mental health, palliative care, addiction services, children, youth and family services, and housing services. These services are provided through regional health authorities, hospitals and other facilities and agencies that serve all Canadians and are governed by trustees who act in the public interest.

Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)


The CHCA defines home care as an array of services for people of all ages, provided in the home and community setting, that encompasses health promotion and teaching, curative intervention, end-of-life care, rehabilitation, support and maintenance, social adaptation and integration and support for the family caregiver.

Canadian Medical Association (CMA)                                            Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.10.09 PM

The Canadian Medical Association is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high quality health care, and provides leadership and guidance to physicians.

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)                          Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.11.10 PM

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 143,843 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

Canadian Oncology Societies (COS)

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Through COS, we strive to: Increase and exchange knowledge in the field of oncology. Promote the application of such knowledge in the prevention and diagnosis of cancer and the care of cancer patients and their families. Promote interdisciplinary approaches to patient care and research in cancer. Provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of scientific knowledge and advances in oncology. Advocate appropriate oncologic content in the curricula of universities, colleges, and schools and in the programs of other training and educational bodies and organizations. Further continuing education for groups and individuals involved in the care of patients who require special attention. Support public cancer education programs. Support and assist the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada in their programs and activities and communicate and exchange information with other organizations interested in cancer. Advise government and other agencies on the provision of health services relevant to oncology.

Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)

Canadian Ophthalmological Society

The mission of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) is to assure the provision of optimal eye care to all Canadians by promoting excellence in ophthalmology and providing services to support its members in practice. COS advances vision health for all Canadians by improving Canadian eye care standards through the work of its Board of Directors, Councils and Committees, as well as ties with national and international ophthalmological and eye care organizations.

Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (CPAS)

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The Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (CPAS) / Société d’anesthésie Pédiatrique Canadienne (SAPC) is the organization that represents pediatric anesthesiologists in Canada. CPAS interacts with the broader Canadian Anesthesia community through its role as the Pediatric Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. Incorporated in 2004, CPAS had its roots in a series of anesthesia meetings initially held in Atlantic Canada.

Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)


The Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership. As a voluntary professional association, the CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, paediatric residents, and other people who work with and care for children and youth. The CPS is governed by an elected board of directors representing all provinces and territories.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents over 12,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and fitness of Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial branches and practice divisions, CPA enables members to learn, share knowledge and enhance practice. CPA provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enable our professional community to better serve Canadians.

Canadian Pharmacists Association (CphA)

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The pharmacy profession and health care in general are changing, creating new opportunities for pharmacists to focus on providing better patient care. Since 1907 our national, non-profit organization has charted the course through many developments in pharmacy, and continues to be the voice of pharmacists in Canada.

Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA)

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Founded in 1951, the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is the national voluntary professional association for Canada’s 4,000 psychiatrists. As the national voice of Canadian psychiatrists, the Canadian Psychiatric Association advocates for the professional needs of its members and promotes excellence in education, research, and clinical practice.

Canadian Pain Society (CPS)

Canadian Pain Society

To foster and encourage research on pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together the basic scientists and health professionals of various disciplines and backgrounds who have an interest in paid research and management.

The Canadian Podiatric Medical Association

The Canadian Podiatric Medical Association is a non-profit organization working on behalf of its 400 plus members – Canada’s premier foot specialists. We are dedicated to enhancing the profession of podiatry and increasing awareness among Canadians about the importance of good foot health care.

Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology


The mission of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, clinical immunology, and asthma for optimal patient care. The Society is also dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with allergies through research, advocacy, and continuing professional development and public education.

Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion (CSCP)

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The mission of the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion is to encourage and foster the development of the profession of Clinical Perfusion through education and certification, so as to provide optimum patient care.

Sonography Canada

Sonography Canada was established on January 1, 2014 through the amalgamation of the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMS) and the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP).  We are the single national voice for the Sonography profession in Canada, supporting the profession through:

  • Providing national credentials and entry-to-practice credentialing exams
  • Supporting continuing medical education, primarily through our national conference and the Canadian Journal of Medical Sonography
  • Supporting the profession through policies and professional practice guidelines, code of conduct
  • Advocating on behalf of the profession.

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)




The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada’s medical laboratory professionals. We are a not-for-profit organization that is funded entirely by membership dues and revenues from goods and services.

Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM)


The best resource for Nutrition Managers in Canada, CSNM provides members clear, simple and proven ways to stay on top of their professional development, make contacts within the broader community and find rewarding job opportunities. Our welcoming community is united by a clear set of values and our members are equipped to succeed and lead in their places of work and communities.

Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (CSOHNS)


The Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is dedicated to improving patient care through the support of education, the promotion of research, the dissemination of information, the scientific advancement of the Society, and the maintenance of high professional and ethical standards.

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT)


The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) is the national professional association for respiratory therapists. Founded in 1964 as the Canadian Society of Inhalation Therapy Technicians, the CSRT is dedicated to excellence in cardiorespiratory care.

Dietitians of Canada (DC)


Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the national professional association for dietitians, representing almost 6000 members at the local, provincial and national levels. DC is one of the largest organizations of dietetic professionals in the world.

Homewood Health Centre


Homewood Health Centre is Canada’s unsurpassed medical leader in addiction and mental health treatment, providing highly specialized psychiatric and addiction services to all Canadians.

Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)

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Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians. Over the years, the OHA has influenced and helped shape health care policy in Ontario — from helping the government establish the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) in the 1950s to harnessing the efficiencies of group buying power by creating Ontario’s Hospital Purchasing Program in the 1970s. Representing approximately 151 public hospitals, the OHA assumes a leadership role, focused on patients, promoting an efficient and effective health system.

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)

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The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) is the national voluntary organization of pharmacists committed to patient care through the advancement of safe, effective medication use in hospitals and other collaborative healthcare settings. CSHP supports its members through advocacy, education, information sharing, promotion of best practices, facilitation of research and recognition of excellence.

Orthotics Prosthetics Canada

Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) is the representative national organization for the prosthetic and orthotic profession.  Its role is to protect the public and advance the profession of prosthetics and orthotics through quality standards of practice, professional credentialing, education and awareness.



Our aim is an injury-free Canada. Parachute wants to bring attention to the issue of preventable injury and to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury and enjoy long lives lived to the fullest. Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention. This passionate, unified voice leverages 80 years of combined injury-prevention experience and we cannot be underestimated in our resolve and capacity to effect change.

Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC)


Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) – are orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and muscle and joint function. With specialized education and training in foot orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet.

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)


The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is comprised of over 3,000 professional members, including gynaecologists, obstetricians, family physicians, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. A leading authority on reproductive health care, the SOGC produces national clinical guidelines for both public and medical education on important women’s health issues.