Federal election 2015

25 September 2015

Ottawa -

Update regarding Society activity and election 2015 -- October 16, 2015

Federal elections are about setting a direction for the country. Once all the ballots have been cast, we want you to know that no matter which party you support, fighting cancer will have a place on the next government’s agenda.

We at the Canadian Cancer Society began reaching out to federal parties months before the campaign officially began. We wanted to ensure that no matter which party forms the next government, they see just how urgent it is to accelerate the fight against cancer and support cancer patients and their families.

We emphasized the need for federal parties to commit to policies that will help to eradicate cancer, to sustain our health care systems and to enhance the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.

We’ve watched a long and noisy campaign play out over 78 days, but as the dust settles we’re proud to say that this election has produced commitments by federal parties that we can build on. Among the most important promises:

For more than 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has led the cancer fight and been a voice of change to ensure government commitments, programs and policies reflect the evolving needs of cancer patients and their families. We are committed to doing this work at the local, provincial and national level.

The job of putting health – and cancer – on the national agenda is far from finished, but this election campaign has created important new opportunities to make progress.

Electing a new government is important work. So is fighting cancer. Did you know that in the time it takes us to elect 338 Members of Parliament on October 19:

  • 539 Canadian families will face a cancer diagnosis
  • 214 families will lose a loved one to cancer

We at the Canadian Cancer Society want to thank you for supporting our efforts to bring about change. Because of you, when Canadians cast their ballots on October 19 they can do so knowing that the next parliament will take real steps to prevent more cancers, improve care and support for patients and their families.


Why cancer is an issue -- September 25, 2015

Elections are about choices, and few choices are more important than deciding how to protect our health and the health of our loved ones. With the number of cancer cases projected to increase by 40% over the next 15 years, we need national leadership to fight the disease, support people with cancer and sustain our healthcare systems.


As the 2015 federal election nears, we have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference for Canadians who are facing cancer. On June 23, the Canadian Cancer Society released our federal election priorities: Federal Election 2015.

Our recommendations – for a stronger tobacco control strategy, guaranteed access to palliative care and smart long-term federal research investments – are steps all federal party leaders must support.

Together these actions will help stop more cancers before they start, provide badly needed support to people who have cancer and their families and establish a practical foundation for making longer-term progress. The Society is calling on all parties to support the following actions:

Tobacco control: The federal government must reduce tobacco use by adopting plain packaging rules and replacing the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy with a comprehensive and properly funded plan.

Palliative care: The federal government must guarantee in federal legislation the right of all Canadians to affordable, high-quality palliative care. Learn about palliative care or get involved in our palliative care campaign on social media.

Research: The federal government must commit to long-term investments in health research that keep up with rising costs and population growth and are delivered through simple, streamlined funding programs that maximize the impact of every dollar.

Our perspective

As a grassroots, non-partisan organization, we highlight announcements by all parties that have an impact on the fight against cancer or the needs of people with cancer. We urge Canadians to visit all parties’ websites to learn more about their health policies.