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Ontario is Home to 20 of 40 Top Canadian Research Hospitals

Toronto, November 9, 2017 – Ontario research hospitals are among the largest drivers of health research in Canada comprising half of the country’s top research hospitals, according to a new report published today by RE$EARCH Infosource.

The report, Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals 2017, shows that twenty of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals are Ontario-based and members of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). Collectively, they attracted 56.4 per cent of the total health research investments across all hospitals in the ranking.

CAHO celebrates the dedication and achievements of its members in advancing health science in Canada, including the University Health Network (UHN), which topped the list with $332 million in health research investments. The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) ranked second on the list, attracting over $200 million in investments, followed closely behind by Hamilton Health Sciences, ranking fourth.

Collectively, Ontario research hospitals are the R&D arm of Ontario’s health care system. CAHO member hospitals attract $1.4 billion annually in health research investments with a 3:1 return-on-investment for the economy. Our hospitals are also home to 17,500 researchers and research staff from Canada and around the world and support 42,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province.

Hospital-based research in Ontario is contributing to a healthier, wealthier and smarter province, leading to groundbreaking new therapies, job creation and spin-off companies, and the growth of regional innovation clusters.

In addition to UHN, SickKids and Hamilton Health Sciences, Ontario research hospitals on the list were:
The Ottawa Hospital
London Health Sciences Centre/St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sinai Health System
St. Michael’s Hospital
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Kingston General Hospital
Women’s College Hospital
Baycrest Health Sciences
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
The Royal
Hôpital Montfort
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Health Sciences North
Bruyère Continuing Care

“The 2017 list highlights the leadership role Ontario’s research hospitals play in building a healthier, wealthier, smarter future for our province and for Canada as a whole, and that’s something that Ontarians should feel proud of,” said Michelle Noble, Executive Director of CAHO. “Ongoing investment in health research is needed to continue to carry this momentum forward and ensure that patients are receiving the best care while supporting Canada’s transformation to a knowledge and innovation-based economy.”

Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, released earlier this year, provides a strong foundation and strategic vision for Canada’s science sector. CAHO will continue working with partners in Ontario and across Canada to achieve long-term, sustainable investment in health research to benefit Canadians today and into the future.


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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