Our History

For over 30 years provincial cancer agencies have been working together to identify issues of common interest and share information about cancer control developments within and across provinces. At first this was done informally however the forum proved to be so effective it was agreed that this should become an official organization for the leaders of Canada’s cancer care system to discuss, compare, learn from and collaboratively address issues that affect the delivery of cancer care in Canada.

CAPCA was officially incorporated in 1999 with the support of all Canadian provinces. The first meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors took place October 28 1999 with Dr. Don Carlaw serving as the first Chief Executive Officer.

Since inception, CAPCA has contributed to several national and pan-Canadian initiatives:

  • Improving access to information including cancer research and surveillance data
  • Improving the quality of cancer care and access to treatment in communities across Canada
  • Enhancing the safe delivery of chemotherapy and radiation treatment

Collaborating with organizations such as Health Canada, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canadian Institute of Health Research, and Canadian Cancer Society, CAPCA is committed to improving cancer care delivery across Canada and supporting Canadians impacted by cancer.