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April 24 , 2019

In this sixth national public opinion poll in the CanadaSpeaks! series, Canadians continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to health research and health innovation in Canada despite the economic challenges our country faces in 2019.

In a federal election year, Canadians told us that they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports increased funding for health and medical research. Ninety-one percent of Canadians want Canada to be a global leader in health and medical research and 86% want their province to be a national leader – an increase in both in past decade. Further, 91% of Canadians say that health and medical research makes an important contribution to the healthcare system while a strong majority (81%) say it makes an important contribution to the economy. 

A very strong majority of Canadians told us it is important for both federal and provincial governments to invest in the education and training of health and medical researchers, and 9 out of 10 Canadians agree that basic research is necessary and should be supported by the federal government. However, Canadians are of the view that government spending on health and medical research has decreased dramatically to an average of 14 cents on the healthcare dollar, a decrease of almost 10 cents in the past decade. The majority of Canadians are still willing to pay out of pocket to support health and medical research and to pay more taxes for Canadian-made health science innovations and technologies.

While a majority of Canadians say they are interested in participating in health and medical research – including helping to determine priority topics and deciding on future areas of funding – only 24% are aware of opportunities to do so. Only one-third of Canadians are familiar with health and medical research being conducted at universities and hospitals in their province.

CanadaSpeaks! 2019 was conducted in partnership with five national health organizations – the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC), HealthCareCAN, Innovative Medicines Canada, MEDEC, and Research Canada.

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