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.


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.


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?

  • Do:

    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.

  • Don′t:

    Be late.

    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.