Society of Rural Physicians of Canada


2019 Federal Election -  Make rural health care a priority

Dear Members and Supporters,

The SRPC has made significant progress raising awareness across Canada about the need for improved access to rural health care close to home. Emerging collaborative efforts have been made through our work with the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC) and its members such as the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and HealthCareCAN. Moreover, we are working individually and collectively in our advocacy efforts in raising awareness to enhance access to rural health care to Canadians living in rural and Indigenous communities as a key election issue.


While we have made major strides, much work still needs to be done by not only the RRMIC but by leaders, health care providers, and administrators of health care institutions and rural communities who work and live with, and provide care for, rural and Indigenous populations.  Moreover, all politicians need to be held accountable to ensure that all Canadians have access to health care no matter where they live.


We all have to work together. We encourage you to have these conversations with your local politician, hospital, your colleagues and more importantly with rural Canadians that you serve.  It is important that we help in communicating your patient stories in their experience accessing to health care.


As part of our 2019 election platform, we are providing resources and tools for you to use in your advocacy efforts with local politicians and the patients that you serve.  As you engage in conversation with local government leaders and candidates from all political parties, we suggest that you review the following resources and take action on:

    1. SRPC Recommendations

    2. Letter to Politicians

    3. Tweet your support for access to health care for rural communities. Tweet your MP and federal election candidates with the hashtags and messages:
      Use #ruralhealthcarematters #RuralMed and #SRPC to tell them (and your followers) that rural communities need comprehensive access to health care. Tag us in your tweet @SRPCanada
      b) In this election, we’re calling on all federal politicians to commit to making rural health care a priority for rural and Indigenous populations

    4. Member advocacy tools
      a) Key messages
      Call for meeting with politician/candidate – sample letter
      Briefing note
      Rural Road Map
      e) Investing in Rural Health: An Economic stimulus for Canada - Pre-budget submission

SRPC needs your help in getting the word out!  Rural Canada matters!


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