Advocacy Portfolio

The OMSA Advocacy Portfolio is the political advocacy body of the OMSA. All of the important information pertaining to OMSA Advocacy’s activities is available under the “Advocacy” menu, including our events, priorities, updates, position papers, resources and local initiatives.

Represent medical student perspective on educational, political, and social issues to improve our health and medical education systems and the health of Ontarians.

  • Determine and promote key issues of concern for lobbying the Ontario government.
  • Empower medical students in grassroots advocacy initiatives.
  • Educate students on healthcare issues and ways to advocate.
  • Foster ongoing collaboration between Ontario’s medical students and health system stakeholders from community and professional organizations, universities and government.

As future physicians dedicated to the health of Ontarians, we advocate for changes in education, health policy and care delivery that will benefit both Ontario medical students and the people we serve.

As future physicians dedicated to the health of Ontarians, we advocate for changes in education, health policy and care delivery that will benefit both Ontario medical students and the people we serve.

The OMSA Advocacy Values Statement defines the values and principles of the health system that OMSA firmly supports and will strive to uphold. This commitment will be reflected in OMSA press releases, position papers, communications, and initiatives. The OMSA Advocacy Values and Guiding Principles is available here.

The Advocacy Priorities listed here have been identified by the OMSA Council and medical students through the 2021 Ontario Student Political Advocacy Survey. The top three priorities for the future of healthcare in Ontario identified by medical students in the 2021 survey are summarized in the infographic below. OMSA will be advocating on all three fronts over the 2021-2022 year. To learn how, or to get involved, please contact the VP Advocacy at


  •  P  Position Statement or Policy Paper available

  •  O  OMSA advocacy work

  •  M  Ontario Medical Student advocacy work

Access and Equity

  • Access to Long Term Care  P   O 

  • Access to Mental Health Care  P   O   M 

  • Northern and Rural Health  M 

  • Indigenous Health  M 

  • Reproductive & Sexual Health  M 

  • Access to Palliative Care

  • Medical Assistance in Dying

Environmental Health

  • Climate Change

Health Coverage

  • Pharmacare  M 

  • Immigrant and Refugee Health Coverage

  • Universal Dental Care

  • Assistive Device Coverage

Health System Planning and Financing

  • Effective Health Human Resource Planning  P   O   M 

  • Ontario Health Care Funding  M 

Health System Stewardship

  • Efficient Use of Resources  M 

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship  M 

Medical Student Affairs

  • Medical Student Mental Health  P   O   M 

  • Medical School Tuition and Clerkship Stipend  O   M 

  • Minority Representation in the Profession  O   M 

  • Conscience Rights for Medical Learners

  • Clerkship Call Schedule and Lieu Days

  • Residency Cuts  O 

Public Health

  • Access to Needle Exchange Sites

  • Safe Injection Sites  M 

  • Opioid Epidemic  M 

Social Policy

  • Food Security

  • Homelessness  P   M 

  • Youth Poverty

  • Income Security

  • Childhood Obesity  P 

OMSA launched the Online Health Policy Education Initiative (OHPEI) with the goal of providing online educational materials that will increase the overall competency of medical students in the area of Health Policy. On this page, the OHPEI team releases Health Policy materials developed by medical students for medical students.

  • Advocacy Toolkit : This toolkit is designed to guide the work of the Longitudinal Government committee, with a focus on how to effectively communicate with an MPP and how to plan an advocacy-related event in collaboration with a political official. Although this guide was designed with Longitudinal Government committee in mind, it can be used by anyone interested in political advocacy. This guide was consolidated from an advocacy toolkit prepared by Avrilynn Ding and Nikhita Singhal and the How to Contact Your Local MPP module, prepared by Colin Adams and Charles Yin,  Ontario Medical Students’ Association. Updated by Rae Ma and Maham Bushra, Ontario Medical Students’ Association Political Advocacy Committee in 2019; and Grace Zhu​ and ​Angela Li​, Ontario Medical Students’ Association Political Advocacy Committee in 2020.

Modules on Health Policy

  • Reaching Out to Your Local MPP: A guide for how to effectively communicate with your local MPP. Prepared by Colin Adams (UWO). Updated by Charles Yin (UWO).

  • Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP): A module covering OHIP eligibility and the services provided with an emphasis on what medical students need to know as they become practicing physicians. Prepared by Michael Killian (UofT) and Ryan Luther (UofT). Updated by Iuliia Proveriana (Ottawa).

  • Canadian Health Care Funding: An overview on how health care is funded in Canada and what the money is being used for. Prepared by Muhammad Ali Akbar (UofT).

  • Governance Structure of Hospitals: A primer on hospital leadership. Prepared by James Ahlin (UWO).

External Resources

  • OMA Advocacy Action Centre: The OMA offers resources, political party platforms and toolkits to enable Ontario physicians and medical students to participate in the provincial advocacy efforts undertaken by the OMA. 

  • Ontario’s Doctors: A website developed by OMA to highlight physician leaders, express physicians concerns about the current state of the health-care system and recommend improvements.

  • Canadian Federation of Medical Students: The CFMS represents Canadian medical students on national healthcare issues through Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee, Health Policy Committee and others. Their website offers position papers and information on the Federal Lobby Day.