May 11, 2020

By Jane Brown

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A $10-million donation has been made by the Canadian Medical Association Foundation to address the needs of vulnerable people affected by the pandemic.

The donation will “go directly to municipalities to support city efforts to reach, protect and assist those who are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity and mental health and substance use challenges.”

Mayor John Tory told CP24 Monday morning, doctors are stepping up because they understand the connection between the socio-economic circumstances of people and their health.

“If you are in a lower socio-economic situation, your health is not going to be as good as somebody who is not,” Tory explained, “And so, I just think it’s to be commended. I congratulate and thank them for their generosity. Doctors aren’t often recognized beyond the great work that they do for the fact that many of them are very generous people as well in the context of supporting a strong community, a caring community, and this is something they’ve done across the country, and I think it’s wonderful.”

A statement from the CMA Foundation says Monday’s announcement builds on an earlier $20-million donation to support urgent needs within the health care system through targeted grants.

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