Strategic Plan


This strategic plan was developed by the Board of Directors to incorporate the changing landscape in the medical laboratory environment and the evolution of CSMLS itself.

The CSMLS Strategic Plan focuses on these four key areas to support the continued success of the organization:


Empower medical laboratory professionals to thrive in a dynamic and challenging work environment


The CSMLS understands that our members work in a demanding and constantly evolving profession. This strategy is focused on providing services to help medical laboratory professionals thrive professionally, however they personally define that. To that end, the CSMLS will be the premier provider of medical laboratory science content in Canada, serving the varied professional development needs of our members. We will enhance the professional identity of medical laboratory professionals and the ties that bind us together as a strong and united community.



Ensure CSMLS is the association of choice for medical laboratory professionals across Canada


This strategy recognizes that service to our members is paramount. This means that who we are as an organization, as well as the services we provide, must align with the values of our membership. More than a collection of products and services, we are a proud community of exceptional professionals who are crucial to Canadian health care. We will ensure this community is visible and celebrated. The CSMLS will deliver consistent and significant value to each and every member, earning their choice of membership.



Advocate for solutions to address health human resource challenges in the medical laboratory field


The CSMLS will continue to advocate on behalf of its members to ensure they have the resources they need to serve their communities. We recognize the impact that health human resource challenges are having across the country, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSMLS will work with regulators, employers, educators, and government on a multi-faceted approach to address labour shortages. All medical laboratories should have adequate access to certified and licensed medical laboratory professionals. This is the primary goal of our federal and provincial advocacy efforts.



Be the acknowledged leader for certification in medical laboratory science across Canada


The CSMLS has long served a vital role for provincial regulators and employers as the entry-to-practice standard for MLTs and MLAs. Building on our long and proud history in this area, the CSMLS will continue to modernize our certification processes, improving access for candidates and facilitating entry into the Canadian labour market. As always, we will maintain the highest of standards as we innovate in order to protect the integrity of the profession and the certification process the industry has trusted for over 85 years.


Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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