Our health research advocates are Research Canada Members, Supporters and Partners who are dedicated to advancing health research and health innovation through a funding and policy framework.
Raise awareness of health research and health innovation and the vital role each plays in strengthening Canada’s health system and economy.
Election Primer 2015
Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery has produced an Election Primer for the 2015 election. It is designed to provide Research Canada members with the tools required to lobby federal candidates in your respective ridings during Election Campaign 2015. >> Download the Primer here. <<
As recent polls have shown, health is a primary issue for Canadians as they consider voting options for the 2015 federal election.
Health research and health innovation improve Canadians’ health and well-being and our healthcare system. Research Canada created this website to give all Canadians an opportunity to show their support for increased investments in health research and for policies that enhance our capacity to innovate. Join our efforts to educate 2015 Election Candidates by showing them how health research and health innovation hold the promise to a better future for all Canadians.
The national healthcare/health research budgets, in aggregate, are the largest line items supported by the federal government, in excess of $214 billion annually. In 2014, healthcare spending alone accounted for 11 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product. For the most part, federal investments in these two arenas do not inform one another. As a consequence, our capacity to capitalize on the material advances in the health research arena towards managing ever-increasing healthcare costs, and successfully commercializing the enabling health research discoveries, is impeded.
Success is predicated on an integrated approach to health and health research investments, one that maps to all of the activities required to best capitalize on investments. Research Canada underscores the need to support the entire cycle of R&D, from discovery, through to product development and commercialization, to the marketplace and to health-care settings. It also underscores the need to invest in a balanced fashion across the continuum of activities that, in aggregate, comprise an innovation system that is predicated on research and development.
Support for Discovery Research:
Ensure sustained, predictable and globally competitive support for excellence in discovery research by doubling the budget for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Leverage Private Sector Investment:
Develop public policies that catalyse private sector investments in health R&D.
Policy Questions for Federal Candidates
› Does your party support doubling the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) budget to support increased investments in discovery research?
› Does your party support the development of public policies that catalyse private sector investments in Canadian health R&D?
› If your party is elected, will you form a government that signals Canada is a science nation? In other words, would you support taking steps to build a strong science and technology policy environment in Ottawa?
Introduce yourself: describe your role in health research and where you come from.
Expect your candidate to be late and perhaps inattentive.
If your candidate is a Minister, call her/him Minister when you speak.
Leave written materials and your business card.
Tell them you plan to follow up, and do so.
Send a thank-you note following your meeting thanking them and restating key points that were discussed.
Bring anyone who is not necessary for your presentation.
Focus only on the Candidate if she/he brings members of his/her staff.
Get sidetracked by introducing extraneous topics.
Assume that your candidate will know about, or be interested in, health research.
Don’t be negative, e.g. complain about inadequate funding.
Misjudge your time and force them to bring the meeting to a close.