Welcome to the CCRA Website

We are an alliance of organizations that collectively fund most of the cancer research conducted in Canada – research that will lead to better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and improve survivor outcomes. Our members include federal research funding programs/agencies, provincial research agencies, provincial cancer care agencies, cancer charities, and other voluntary associations. 

We are motivated by the belief that, through effective collaboration, Canadian cancer research funding organizations can maximize their collective impact on cancer control and accelerate discovery for the ultimate benefit of Canadians affected by cancer.

The CCRA is not a registered charity and cannot accept donations. If you wish to donate to a charity that funds cancer research, please check our Members page.

Our Executive Office is supported by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. For more information on the Partnership’s role, click here.

Call for Nominations for 2017 CCRA Awards

In 2011, the CCRA initiated a biennial recognition program consisting of three awards to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals who have had a remarkable impact on cancer research and the cancer research community. These awards are presented during the Canadian Cancer Research Conference. The next conference will be held in November 2017 in Vancouver, BC.

A subcommittee of the 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference’s Executive Planning Committee will review nominations and recommend award recipients in each category. Nominations must be received by March 20, 2017. To forward nominations or for more information, please contact Melissa Cheung (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Monitoring the Investment in Breast Cancer Research

A report monitoring the status of the 17 research priorities articulated in the 2009 National Breast Cancer Research Framework has been published by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Collaborative, a group of key funders of breast cancer research in Canada. This report provides interesting insights on funding levels from 2007–2013 as well as differences in funding by geographic location and is chock full of interesting graphics showing how investments have changed over time for the different priorities. To access this important report in full, click here.

Save the Date - 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance is pleased to announce the fourth Canadian Cancer Research Conference, taking place from Sunday November 5 to Tuesday November 7, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC. Please reserve these important dates in your calendar.

The conference brings together the Canadian cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum. This is an ideal opportunity for researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, and trainees at all stages of their career to hear the latest developments in Canadian cancer research and to network across research disciplines.

Registration and abstract submission for the conference will open in April 2017. For further information, please visit www.ccra-acrc.ca/conference or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you there!

A New Executive Director for CCRA

CCRA welcomes Dr. Sara Urowitz as its new Executive Director. Sara has a PhD in Health Policy and Bioethics and was most recently the Group Manager, Palliative Care and the Ontario Palliative Care Network Secretariat at Cancer Care Ontario. Sara is also an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. With a background in strategic planning, palliative care, and cancer survivorship, Sara is well placed to facilitate CCRA's work in these areas.

Other News and Events...

Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada Conference

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's "Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada" is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with cancer colleagues from across Canada and learn about innovations in cancer care. Renowned international and Canadian speakers will inspire you with insights that span the cancer care continuum – screening, diagnosis and treatment, palliative and end-of-life care, and survivorship – and delve into key themes:

•    Quality of care for all
•    Diagnostic process - a clear pathway or a revolving door?
•    Overcoming inertia in the cancer system - why don’t we do what we know works?

The conference will take place on April 7 and 8, 2017 in Toronto (Westin Harbour Castle). Visit the CPAC website for more information on the program, registration or abstract submission (deadline: December 16, 2016).  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

CAPhO Conference 2017: Do Something Astonishing

CAPhO Conference 2017 (CAPhO 2017), presented by the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (CAPhO), will take place from April 20 to 23, 2017 at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. With the theme Do Something Astonishing, the CAPhO 2017 program promises to be engaging, current and educational, giving us all the means to practice with purpose. Visit the CAPhO Conference website for information on how to register, submit a poster abstract and sign up for our E-Newsletter to receive automatic updates about the Conference. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.