CCS Advocacy Review2017 EN v2  

As the national voice for cardiovascular clinicians and scientists across the country, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) engages in a number of advocacy activities to help create sustainability for its quality improvement activities as part of the Quality Project, and amplify the profile of the CCS as a health policy leader.

Through our ongoing advocacy efforts, we are currently seeking to achieve the implementation of a sustainable, national cardiac measurement and quality reporting system; demonstrate tangible improvements in the quality of cardiovascular care across the country; and wield strengthened, measurable influence on the federal government’s health policy agenda by 2020.

Read our 2017 Advocacy Year in Review.


Submissions to Government

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) regularly submits reports and recommendations to government and parliamentary bodies as part of its strategic goal to put cardiovascular care quality improvement on the federal government agenda.


Federal Budget Recommendations

Pre Budget Consultation 2018

As part of its ongoing efforts to secure sustainable funding for the continuation of the Quality Project, the CCS submitted recommendations on August 3, 2018 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of its annual pre-budget consultation process.

The CCS’ 2019 Pre-Budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance entitled Addressing Disparities in the Quality of Cardiac Care in Canada, argues that a federal investment into cardiovascular quality indicator reporting is needed to close gaps where the consistency and quality of health care is not at the high standard all Canadians expect and deserve.

Read the CCS’ 2019 Pre-Budget Submission.


“Currently, many cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons in Canada have no clear way of evaluating how their patient outcomes compare to those of their colleagues locally, provincially or nationally. As a result, they have no way to identify gaps in care, learn from their peers, or improve the delivery of care in an evidence-based way.”

Catherine Kells, M.D., FRCPC, FACC, FCCS
CCS President



Enhancing Health System Transformation Through Meaningful Clinical Engagement: CCS Submission to Health Canada’s 2018 External Review of Pan-Canadian Health Organizations
Open Letter to Minister of Finance Bill Morneau: Federal investment needed into cardiovascular quality reporting (2017)

Investing in Quality Reporting and Improvement for Cardiovascular Care: Pre-Budget Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (2016-2017)

Equipping Health Professionals to Deliver Evidence-Based Medicine to Canadians: Pre-Budget Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (2017-2018)

Read the full 2017 FINA Report with the recommendation that the Government of Canada provide funds in Budget 2018 to the CCS’ pan-Canadian heart health initiative.

Watch Dr. Catherine Kells’ September 27, 2017 presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)