Advocacy Partners

Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC)

The  AAAC is a registered not-for-profit national network of professional education accreditation bodies. The association now represents accrediting bodies for 30 professions. Its mission is to promote the highest quality education of professionals through excellence in standards and processes of accreditation. It provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community which assesses the quality of professional higher education programs. AAAC advances the knowledge, skills, and good practices of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD)

ALACD  promotes, supports and enables Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. ALACD is an alliance of individuals, agencies and national associations that facilitates and coordinates partnerships among the members of its network. ALACD's mission is to enable Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. The Alliance provides nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitate healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments. ALACD provides important resources such as information about diabetes, information designed to educate persons with disabilities about the prevention, detection and maintenance of diabetes. 

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA)

ALCOA is a partnership of 22 national/provincial/territorial organizations and individuals having interest in the field of aging, encourages older Canadians to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through a lifestyle that embraces daily physical activities. An important tenet of ALCOA is that active living and occupation contributes to the well-being, functional capacity and quality of life of older residents of Canada. 

Bone and Joint Canada (BJC)

The goal of Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) is to develop a network of physicians, surgeons and healthcare professionals to help facilitate knowledge translation across the country. 

Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) has developed partnerships with some 29 organizations across Canada with health care providers committed to supporting people with musculoskeletal disorders. Working through clinical, administrative and policy leaders in each of the provinces, BJC has developed a network approach to improving system performance and patient care.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) 

CMHC works with community organizations, the private sector, non-profit agencies and all levels of government to help create innovative solutions to today's housing challenges, anticipate tomorrow's needs, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. CAOT has collaborated with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) on many activities directed towards universal design and housing for seniors, persons with disabilities, accessible housing and adaptable housing for people living with dementia.

Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-informed Tobacco Treatment (CAN-ADAPTT)

CAN-ADAPTT , is a Practice-Based Research Network committed to facilitating research and knowledge exchange among those who are in positions to help smokers make changes to their behavior (e.g., practitioners, healthcare/service providers) and researchers in the area of smoking cessation. The network supports health care providers through tools needed to deliver up to date evidence-based smoking cessation interventions to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and dependence. 

Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA-CPAC) Joint Committee of the Cancer Workforce

CAPCA  is an organization of provincial/territorial cancer agencies/programs engaged in cancer control. CAPCA exists to support the reduction of the burden of cancer on Canadians by facilitating and supporting effective leadership, collaboration, communication and advocacy for cancer care and control. Collectively, the members of CAPCA work to reduce the burden of cancer by promoting the highest quality of care and services for all Canadians affected by cancer and at risk of cancer; and implementing the cancer control strategy in their respective provinces.

Canadian Coalition for Public Health for the 21st Century (CCPH21)

The Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21 st Century ( CCPH21 ) a national network of 24 non-profit organizations, professional associations, health charities and research organizations that share a common goal -- to improve and sustain the health of Canadians.

CCPH21 advocates for public policy to ensure that adequate public health functions are in place and information is made available to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury.CCPH21 aims to help all stakeholders work together for the future of public health by generating ideas and potential policy directions for discussion among both the public and decision-makers.

Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH)

CCSMH works on advocating for seniors’ mental health at a national level, ensuring that seniors’ mental health is recognized as a health and wellness issue, and facilitating public and professional awareness of seniors’ mental health issues and by connecting people, ideas and resources. Participation in the coalition is important given Canada’s changing demographic, CAOT’s initiatives related to seniors and government’s focus on mental health.

Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organization dedicated to providing current information about the effects of health care. The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre :

  • coordinates the work of the Collaboration in Canada, promoting evidence-based health care.
  • produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions.

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre is one of 13 independent, not-for-profit Cochrane Centres worldwide. Over 1,600 people in Canada are Cochrane members who contribute to systematic reviews of treatments used in health care. Systematic reviews are a reliable source of evidence to help people make well-informed decisions about health care.

Canadian Network for National Associations of Regulators

CNAR's mandate is to support those involved with the self-regulation of professions and occupations. The Network strives to increase the understanding of the Canadian public, governments and others, of the value of self-regulation, facilitate collaboration at the national level amongst our members, federal government agencies and other national and international groups; monitor and respond to federal legislation and policy; serve as an information clearing house on common issues; and develop and share resources.

Canadian Obesity Network (CON)

The Canadian Obesity Network- Réseau canadien en obésité ( CON-RCO ) is a registered not-for-profit corporation with over 12,600 professional members. Its mission is to act as a catalyst for addressing obesity in Canada and to foster knowledge translation, capacity building, and partnerships among stakeholders so that researchers, health professionals, policy makers and other stakeholders develop effective solutions to treat, and to prevent obesity.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

The  CPSI  is an independent not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to build and advance a safer health system for residents of Canada. CPSI functions at arm's length from governments, stakeholders and regulatory associations to support the development of patient safety initiatives.  CPSI provides leadership on patient safety issues, supports healthcare professionals in their development and implementation of patient safety programs, and promotes innovative ways of improving patient safety.

Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)

The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation ( CWGHR ) is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes innovation and excellence in rehabilitation in the context of HIV. CWGHR brings together the traditionally separate worlds of HIV, disability and rehabilitation through cross sector partnerships and facilitates and supports the development of rehabilitation resources, knowledge and awareness in the context of HIV disease.

Canadian Pain Coalition

The Canadian Pain Coalition is a partnership of pain consumer groups, health professionals who care for people in pain, and scientists studying better ways of treating pain.  Its goals include:

  • Increasing recognition by public and professionals that chronic pain is a disease,
  • Promoting Best Practice guidelines
  • Reducing new cases of chronic pain through better treatment of acute pain,
  • Increasing number of specialized facilities to treat chronic pain adequately,
  • Increasing research activities into novel treatments of intractable pain.

Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada  (CDPAC)

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada ( CDPAC ) is a coalition of provincial, territorial and national organizations, researchers, practitioners and policy makers. CDPAC’s mission is to take an integrated, population health approach to influence policies and practices that will help prevent chronic disease.


G8 is an informal coalition of: the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; Canadian Association of Social Workers; Canadian Chiropractic Association; Canadian Pharmacists Association; Canadian Physiotherapy Association; the Canadian Psychological Association; Dietitians of Canada and Speech Language and Audiology Canada. Collectively, G8 is the national voice of over 120,000 regulated health and social care providers. Through the provision of a spectrum of evidence-based interventions, G8 professionals make critical contributions to health and social outcomes.

Health Action Lobby (HEAL)

HEAL (Health Action Lobby), is a national coalition of 39 members representing more than 650,000 providers and consumers of health care. CAOT provides the voice of the occupational therapy profession and its perspectives at the HEAL table. HEAL meets 4 times per year with the objectives of: sharing information across organizations; working on strategic issues that are of importance to all members; and meeting with external organizations to discuss policy issues of mutual interest and importance.

Through its history, HEAL has met with representatives of the federal government, presented Briefs to Standing Committees, and released a series of papers covering a range of health policy issues, including: the role of the federal government in funding health care; health human resources; entry-to-practice issues; and the Canada Health Act.

International Dysphagia Diet and Standardization Initiative

This initiative is comprised of a group of volunteers from diverse professions including nutrition & dietetics, medicine, speech pathology, occupational therapy, nursing, patient safety, engineering, food science & technology from around the world who develop international standardized terminology and definitions for texture modified foods and thickened liquids for persons with dysphagia.

National Literacy and Health Program (NLHP)

NLHP , is a program of the Canadian Public Health Association which promotes awareness and provides resources to enable health professionals to effectively work with clients with low literacy skills.

The program focuses on health information in  plain language  and clear verbal communication between health professionals and the clients they serve.

Quality of End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada  (QELCCC)

The  QELCCC Quality End-of-life Care Coalition of Canada is a group of over 36 national organizations concerned about quality end-of-life care for all Canadians and their right to die with dignity, free of pain, and surrounded by their loved ones. The coalition developed a National Framework: a Roadmap for an Integrated Palliative Approach to Care and released the new  “Blueprint for Action” – 2010-2020 .

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