Welcome public health care advocates and experts, health care workers and patients to the Canadian Health Coalition’s Health & Hope Lobby on Parliament Hill.

Over three days, February 12-14, lobby participants will hear from experts, meet with MPs and Senators, rally and strategize for pharmacare for all, safer long-term care and an end to profit-making in health care.

This year’s lobby is happening at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa (101 Lyon St. N) in Ballroom A. Registration opens on Monday, February 12 at 12:00 PM.

Important documents for the Health & Hope Lobby –


Day 1 – Monday, February 12

12:00 PM Health & Hope Lobby registration opens

Policy Conference

1:00 PM Welcome from Pauline Worsfold, RN, Chair of the Canadian Health Coalition

Remarks by Don Davies, MP (Vancouver Kingsway), NDP Health Critic

2:00 PM Panel: Stopping the Profitization of Care


  • Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Researcher Emeritus from York University who has conducted decades of research on health care in Canada and abroad
  • Marc-André Gagnon, researcher on the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector, on “Mettre fin à la rentabilisation des soins” (French only)
  • Comment réformer l’assurance-médicaments
  • Dr. Bernard Ho, emergency medicine physician and Vice-Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, on Demystifying Privatization

Hosted by Anne Lagacé Dowson, Media Director of the Canadian Health Coalition

3:30 PM Coffee & refreshments break

3:45 PM Remarks by Terry Sheehan, MP (Sault Ste. Marie), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Seniors


5:00 PM Dinner provided

Lobby Training

6:00 PM Meet your team members and learn how to advocate for our issues.


Steven Staples, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, Canadian Health Coalition

Emily Watkins, Executive Assistant of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

7:30 PM Wrap-up

Day 2 – Tuesday, February 13

Hill Day

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Meetings with MPs and Senators on Parliament Hill

Drop by Lobby Headquarters at the Delta Ballroom A from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for refreshments and meeting space. Meet your group to fill out your meeting report, together.

Rally on the Hill

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Meet at the Terry Fox Statue (Wellington/Metcalfe) then march to Parliament Hill for Profit Doesn’t Care Rally

Question Period (Optional)

1:15 PM – 3:30 PM Register at the Parliament Hill Visitors Centre for access to the Gallery to watch Question Period in the chamber.

Special Event (RSVP required)

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – All-party reception with Greg Fergus, MP (Hull—Aylmer), Canada’s first Black Speaker of the House, marking Black History Month and honouring the late Nell Toussaint, a Black champion for universal health care in the Speakers’ Lounge on Parliament Hill. Space is limited. Stay tuned for RSVP instructions. Sign-in at the Parliament Hill Visitors Centre.

Reception (Optional)

7:30 PM Appetizers and cocktails at Three Brewers, 240 Sparks St.

Day 3 – Wednesday, February 14

Lobby Debrief and Strategizing Session

Delta Hotel, Ballroom A

9:00 AM Share your experiences meeting with Parliamentarians, join in the discussions on next steps, and contribute to the joint calendar-planning session.


Tracy Glynn, National Director of Operations and Projects of the Canadian Health Coalition

Steven Staples, National Director of Policy and Advocacy of the Canadian Health Coalition

12:00 PM Adjournment until next time

For more information, contact Tracy at tglynn@healthcoalition.ca.