The Vision of CIMVHR: The health and well-being of Canadian military personnel, Veterans and their families is maximized through world-class research resulting in evidence-informed practices, policies and programs.
To enhance the lives of Canadian military personnel, Veterans and their families by harnessing the national capacity for research.
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity and effective knowledge translation. With a network of academic researchers from across Canada, it serves as a focal point for 42 Canadian universities who have agreed to work together in addressing the health research requirements of the Canadian military, Veterans and their families. The institute serves all Canadian stakeholders interested in military and Veteran health research and acts as a conduit between the academic community, government organizations (eg. National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada and Health Canada), industry and similar international organizations. The CIMVHR research program ensures sustainability through increased public awareness and public-private funding.
With close to 70,000 Regular Force members in the Canadian Armed Forces, 27,000 Reserve Force members, 54,000 military families and over 600,000 Veterans, we have a significant population with unique risks, exposures and experiences that demands new standards of protection, prevention and care for the ill and injured. This effort extends to those with similar occupational exposures such as first responders, police, fire fighters, paramedics and humanitarian workers.
The institute addresses health and well-being issues over the life-course of individuals and families of those who serve and have served, as related to occupational exposures, experiences and environment. These include health consequences - physical, mental and social - that are unique in their nature, magnitude, long-term effects, delayed presentation and trans-generational implications. Research considers the unique context of service; including battlefield medicine, the imperative to maximize fitness for high performance duty, and the unlimited ability to respond to Canadian government direction for operations around the world in aid of our nation’s security. The results of the research have advances and impacts far beyond just the beneficiaries and are of benefit to all Canadians.
Research: CIMVHR research is innovative, responsive, and focuses on many areas including protection, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and technology development. Databases capture current research programs, outstanding research requirements, study populations, funding and resources, and Canadian research teams. Researchers and sponsor organizations are connected according to needs and interests.
Knowledge Translation: Effective knowledge translation, as evidenced by the relevance of the research conducted, and the application of knowledge generated, is key to the success of CIMVHR. Knowledge translation activities include annual research forums, a robust and comprehensive website, regular and targeted communications, peer-reviewed publications, and ongoing communications with all stakeholder groups.
Education: A cornerstone of CIMVHR is building the next generation to conduct research relevant to military members, Veterans and their families. This is being facilitated through developing a thriving pan-Canadian graduate program, developing new sources of funding for graduate students, and in the near future offering a recognized graduate certificate.
Partnership & Capacity Building: CIMVHR continues to sustain and create longterm, committed partnerships with key stakeholders and to develop new partnerships as the institute grows.
CIMVHR is governed by a Board of Directors representing stakeholders, as well as an Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Council to ensure effective links to the beneficiaries, government, industry, and the broader research community. CIMVHR’s activities are also guided by the pan-Canadian university consortium composed of 42 university members. CIMVHR’s hub is located in Kingston, Ontario, and managed by the founding members of CIMVHR, Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada.