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.

Join our 40th anniversary activities

Fundraising Diner & Gala

On April 2, we will be holding a Gala and Fundraising Dinner at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. Our goal is to celebrate 40 years of Tommy Douglas’ legacy and vision for public health care and to raise funds to support our ongoing work. We invite you to show your support and network with all the great people who are part of the CHC community at this memorable event. Buy your tickets here. 

Guardians of Public Health Care Awards

Do you know a labour activist, scholar or community leader who has done tremendous work on an issue related to protecting and expanding public health care that has a national focus or national implications? Nominate them here for a Guardian of Public Health Care Award before March 1. The successful candidates will be invited to travel to Ottawa to receive their awards at the Canadian Health Coalition’s 40th anniversary gala on April 2.

Calling All Writers

We are inviting everyone who loves to write to mark our important milestone by writing an essay showcasing how far Canada has come around the issue of public health care over the last 40 years. Essays must be under 600 words and the submission deadline is March 12. The winning essays will be rewarded with a cash prize. Find out how to send us your submission here.

Students Video Competition

We are also inviting young, budding filmmakers to mark our 40th anniversary by creating a video that reflects on the importance of public health care in Canada. We will reward three videos with a cash prize. Find out more about how to send your submission here.


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