40th anniversary

Forty years ago, Tommy Douglas wrote in a letter: “Unless there is a concerted effort to apply pressure on the Federal and Provincial governments, the erosion of Medicare will continue unabated and might even be accelerated. Our best hope lies in the Canadian Health Coalition…for the preservation and extension of Medicare.”

The Canadian Health Coalition was founded in 1979 out of deep desire to keep our health care system public and universal. We have continued to work towards these goals for the past 40 years and are proud to see public health care as one of Canada’s greatest social equalizers. Read our press release.

Video: 40 years of Public Health Care Advocacy
Watch this short video about how we came to be and some of our accomplishments.

Fundraising Diner & Gala

On April 2, we held a Gala and Fundraising Dinner at the National Arts Center in Ottawa to celebrate 40 years of Tommy Douglas’ legacy and vision for public health care and to raise funds to support our ongoing work. Take a look at some of the photos from the event.

Guardians of Public Health Care Awards

For its 40th anniversary the CHC wanted to recognize the tremendous work of special individuals on an issue related to protecting and expanding public health care that has a national focus or national implications. A call for nomination was sent out in our network for three outstanding individuals: a labour activist, a scholar and a community leader. We received high quality nominations from all across Canada and selecting only 3 winners was a challenging task. Read more about our three recipients and their outstanding work here.

Students Video Competition

The CHC invited young, budding filmmakers to show that a new generation is ready to protect and expand public health care in Canada. To mark our 40th anniversary, students were asked to create a short video that reflects on the importance of Canadian public health care. We received some incredible submissions and you can watch the 4 winning entries here.


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