Advocacy: Influencing healthcare policy

The Royal College influences healthcare policy in a variety of ways. We provide government decision makers with informed and critical analysis on a wide range of issues and trends that affect our health system. We also make presentations to parliamentary committees, and submissions to government panels and other working groups.

Government submissions


The Royal College is dedicated to improving the health and care of Canadians by leading in medical education, professional standards, physician competence and continuous enhancement of the health system.


The Royal College appeared as a witness before the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to present its views on the progress of the 2004 ten-year plan to strengthen healthcare and recommendations to improve it.


Submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, this the brief highlights leading practices in injury prevention that are proven to save lives, improve the well-being of Canadians, cut hospital visits and reduce health-care costs.

The Royal College submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to identify priorities in healthcare that will contribute to a healthier society, better patient care, enhanced systems, improved productivity and reduce the challenges and burdens facing physicians and surgeons. The submission titled, covers areas that build foundations; it focuses on solutions for delivering high-quality patient care and the system that delivers it.


The Royal College appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to provide crucial input into the Standing Committee on Finance’s committee's deliberations on issues and trends affecting the provision of health human resources across the continuum of care.

The Royal College appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to advise on the fiscal priorities of the federal government and what is needed to ensure an accessible, sustainable and accountable healthcare system to meet the needs of Canadians.

Let us know what you think

Please contact the Office of Health Policy and Governance Support at 1-800-668-3740 ext. 195, or if you have any comments or questions, or to suggest new advocacy areas.