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Ontario Hospitals are Driving Health Research in Canada

Toronto, November 8, 2018 – Ontario is home to nearly half of Canada’s top research hospitals according to a new report published today by RE$EARCH Infosource.

The report, Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals 2018, shows that 19 of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals are Ontario-based and members of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). Collectively, the Ontario hospitals attracted 56 per cent of all health research investments made by Canadian hospitals.

Six of the country’s top 10 research hospitals are in Ontario. The University Health Network topped the list with $350 million in health research investments, followed closely by The Hospital for Sick Children, investing more than $209 million and Hamilton Health Sciences, investing nearly $207 million. The Ottawa Hospital ranked sixth, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, which jointly operate the Lawson Health Research Institute, took the eighth spot, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ranked tenth.

“CAHO hospitals are the research and development arm of Ontario’s health care system,” said Michelle Noble, Executive Director of CAHO. “Ontarians depend on the cutting-edge health care that is discovered, tested and delivered by our province’s academic research hospitals.”

Also on the list of the country’s top 40 are:

Sinai Health System
St. Michael’s Hospital
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Women’s College Hospital
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
The Royal
Hôpital Montfort
Health Sciences North
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Ontario’s research hospitals are helping to drive a healthier, wealthier and smarter province. As leading centres of health research, they attract government and industry investments, hospital foundation funds and grants from across Canada and around the world. Collectively, CAHO hospitals attracted $1.5 billion in health research investments and engaged more than 18,000 researchers and research staff in 2017.

“Ontario’s academic research hospitals support highly skilled jobs, develop the next generation of scientific talent, commercialize innovations, create spin-off companies and attract investment to the province,” said Noble. “Today’s report highlights why Ontario’s research hospitals are key enablers of Ontario’s life sciences sector.”

“Ongoing sustainable investment in health research helps strengthen our health care system, supports Ontario’s life sciences sector and ensures that Ontarians receive the best care today and in the future,” she added.


About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. On the foundation of this work, we generate the expertise and evidence to drive change as system leaders, building a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit




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