Government of Canada Funding Announcement
On July 10, 2019, at a ceremony in Kingston, Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay announced $25M in funding for CIMVHR. This funding will be dispersed over 10 years, beginning in 2020-2021, to fund CIMVHR’s operations. Maj (Retd) Yvonne Cooper, CIMVHR Executive Director, served as emcee for the event which was attended by stakeholders of Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada, representatives of local Veteran’s organizations and the Canadian Armed Forces, and friends of CIMVHR. Funding for the institute was proposed as part of a larger push for Veteran-centric research in the 2019 Budget announcement.
“Meeting the health needs of those who served in Canada’s armed forces depends on access to leading scientific research in the military and Veteran health field. Queen’s University has been an invaluable asset to our Veteran community in this regard, both in terms of the work they’ve done for CIMVHR and Servicewomen’s Salute. Continued collaboration between all stakeholders in this area benefits not only military members, Veterans and their families—but Canada as a whole.”
Prior to this announcement, CIMVHR’s operations were funded by Health Canada. Their contribution agreement came to an end on March 31, 2020. We are grateful for Health Canada’s generosity, leadership and support over the last five years. Thank you for serving those who serve us.