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About the Institute


As Canada’s largest and most research-intensive paediatric hospital, we are in a unique position to influence the way that health care is delivered to children. We are united with our provincial, national and international partners by our common goal to improve health outcomes for children around the world.

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Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
The CFI is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. They are mandated to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. CFI’s support helps us: strengthen our capacity for innovation; attract and retain highly skilled research personnel; stimulate the training of highly qualified personnel through research; promote networking, collaboration, and multi-disciplinarity among researchers, institutions, and sectors; and ensures the optimal use of research infrastructure. CFI also supports our creation of spin-off ventures and the commercialization of our discoveries.

Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC)
The CCYHC is a collaboration of eight major national organizational and program members, who work together with a common vision to advance the cause of child and youth health and health care in Canada. The mandate of the CCYHC is to provide a framework for the stimulation of new knowledge development, the promotion of knowledge uptake/application to practice and policy, the support of training and education initiatives, and the strengthening of national advocacy. Several SickKids personnel participate as members of the CCYHC’s board.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The CIHR is the Government of Canada's health research funding agency, supporting the work of researchers and trainees in universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across Canada. They share and support SickKids’ commitment to develop high-quality people, excellent science and training the next generation of health researchers, as well as enabling research solutions to improve Canadians' health and quality of life.

Genome Canada
Genome Canada is affiliated with Industry Canada. They fund and manage large-scale multi-disciplinary internationally peer-reviewed research projects, and provide access to cutting-edge science and technology platforms to researchers in all genomics and proteomics fields of expertise. They support many of SickKids’ innovative research activities in genomics and proteomics.

Health Canada
Health Canada is our main interface to the Government of Canada, and oversees, enables and supports our clinical and research activities on multiple levels. Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canadians and to making this country's population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle and effective use of the public health care system. Our partnership with Health Canada helps to implement this commitment to Canadians.

Industry Canada
Industry Canada is the federal department responsible for fostering a growing, competitive, knowledge-based Canadian economy. The partnership that SickKids shares with Industry Canada encourages the expansion our industrial and technological capabilities by enabling innovative scientific research, fostering commercialization and knowledge translation of our discoveries.

MaRS Innovation
MaRS Innovation is a commercialization partnership comprised of 16 Toronto-based academic research institutions. The aim of the partnership is to aggregate and build a diversified portfolio of discovery and commercialization assets across these institutions. SickKids is part of MaRS Innovation, and Mary Jo Haddad, our President and CEO is the founding board chair. MaRS is funded under the federal Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECRs) program; SickKids supports the CECR strategy of encouraging more private-sector investment in research and development, and capitalizing on our people, knowledge and entrepreneurial advantages to build a stronger Canadian society and economy.

Maternal, Infant, Child & Youth Research Network (MICYRN)
MICYRN was established as a research network, by the CCYHC, in order to fulfill the vision of ”Healthy children and youth through high quality collaborative clinical research”. The organization shares SickKids’ emphasis on collaboration, and promotes clinical research by establishing core programs: research partnerships, training, knowledge translation, research methods, research ethics and regulatory affairs, and funding partnerships. MICYRN also sets out to establish integrated access to innovative tools in data management, genomics, and biobanking.

Ministry of Education
SickKids and the Ontario Ministry of Education are working together on several different initiatives, including curriculum development and the support of a variety of programs focused on learning disabilities, adolescent medicine, eating disorders, mental health and population health.

Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
This Government of Ontario department provides overall direction and leadership for the health system, focusing on planning, and on guiding resources to bring value to the health system. Their major focus is on creating and implementing health care strategy, developing the legislation to support the strategies and measuring the outcomes. SickKids plays an important role in helping the Ministry fulfill their health care goals.

Ministry of Research & Innovation (MRI)
This Ontario ministry was created to focus on the government’s commitment to establishing Ontario as a centre of innovation, and to foster growth across all sectors of the economy. Their commitment to foster a culture of innovation and to showcase Ontario’s innovative culture is aligned with SickKids’ tradition of research innovation.

Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI)
The OGI is a non-profit corporation with a mission to provide leadership for Ontario in helping build a globally-competitive life sciences sector by creating genomics resources to attract top-notch research. They are supported by Genome Canada. The OGI oversees many of SickKids’ genomics and proteomics research projects, including The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG).

Ontario Research Fund
The Ontario Research Fund is an MRI program and is a component of Ontario’s Research and Commercialization Strategy, enabling scientific excellence by supporting research that can be developed into innovative goods and services to boost Ontario's economy. The Ontario Research Fund provides support to SickKids researchers, for both the operational and capital costs of research.

SickKids Foundation
SickKids Foundation is the largest non-governmental granting agency in child health in Canada. Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation has raised over $500 million for The Hospital for Sick Children and granted over $60 million to researchers across the country. The foundation is a key partner of the Research Institute, providing one third of the annual budget.

University of Toronto
SickKids is affiliated with the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university. Our scientists are U of T faculty, and the students training at SickKids receive their degrees through the university. SickKids supports U of T’s commitment to being an internationally recognized research university, with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of world-class quality.