Lawson believes that we need to drive discovery while also being strategic in our health research investments, and translate discoveries into practice to create value both for our patients and for our economy. 

Lawson partners with both provincial and national advocacy organizations. 



The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, the organization provides advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. As connectors in the system, CAHO creates capacity and generate a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario.

CAHO has four accountabilities of their research hospitals including excellence and innovation in patient care; excellence and innovation in education; research and innovation; and, system role.

CAHO advocates on behalf of its members and all of Ontario to achieve strategic objectives and provide for best possible care for patients. Find more about how investment in health research is making Ontario Healthier, Wealthier and Smarter.





HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations across Canada. It fosters informed and continuous, results oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. The organization acts with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and, to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.

Advocating for better health and health care

The increasing complexity of health and healthcare demands an ongoing focus on patients, a recommitment to research and the acceleration of the spread and uptake of research results. The organization is committed to expanding overall research capacity, supporting the spread of innovation and advancing research in support of overall service excellence in health by:

  • Advocating for sufficient funding and favourable policy for the generation and use of research and innovation;

  • Expediting the spread and translation of research and innovation in collaboration with members and partners such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; and

  • Advancing national recognition of the leadership, best practice, research excellence and enterprise of members.

Current issues

Key initiatives


Research Canada

Research Canada is a national, broad-based alliance dedicated to advancing health research through collaborative advocacy. The organization engages all sectors – including government – to build support for health research. Research Canada brings greater attention to the critical importance of long-term, sustainable health research funding as an investment in Canada’s future. 

Advocacy Program

Research Canada’s Advocacy Program is designed to foster relationships and understanding among Canada’s elected officials and policy makers. Working closely with our members and partners, we strive to build awareness across the federal government and its many departments for the value of Canadian health research as a catalyst to improve health and generate wealth.

Policy Initiatives

Research Canada is an advocacy organization engaged in influencing the public policy process directly and indirectly. In terms of the latter, the organization undertakes an education program that demonstrates the value proposition of health research through activities such as Public Opinion Polls and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus.

Research Canada also plays an important role in directly influencing policy through its participation in public policy processes and through the R8 or Research Eight —a group of eight national health organizations dedicated to advancing health research and health innovation through a series of activities focused on creating policy work products and lobbying government directly.