Lobby Day 2015

April 28, 2015

On April 28, 2015, CSMLS volunteers, staff and members of the
Board of Directors, headed to Parliament Hill to discuss critical
issues of importance to the medical laboratory profession with
political decision makers. The CSMLS team sat down with one
Minister and 34 Members of Parliament (MPs) during face-toface
meetings – more than ever before – and met with another
22 parliamentarians and staffers during a reception hosted by
In addition to highlighting the vital role medical laboratory
professionals play in Canada’s health care system, the CSMLS
lobbying team discussed the looming shortage of medical
laboratory professionals and possible strategies to address the
shortages. These strategies included:
• Increasing the number of new graduates by addressing the
shortage of clinical placements
• Better integration of internationally educated lab professionals
into the Canadian workforce through long-term and sustainable
funding for bridging programs
• Including MLTs in the existing Canada Student Loans relief
program to recruit MLTs to rural and remote communities
CSMLS’s lobbying efforts were covered by several media outlets
including, iPolitics, Laboratory Product News and Epoch Times.
CSMLS remains committed to working with both federal and
provincial decision makers to bring our issues to the forefront of
the government’s agenda.

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