Consumer Stipends

Consumers play a vital role in the work Cochrane Canada produces. Their insight is invaluable, and their commitment to working together to improve healthcare is truly appreciated. We invite our consumer partners to join us at this year's Symposium scheduled for 11-12 May at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in Hamilton, Ont.

The theme of the Symposium is Evidence and Impact: Engaging consumers, practitioners, researchers and policy makers. The two-day event will attempt to engage a broader prospective audience, demonstrating the widespread impact that Cochrane evidence brings to the Canadian community.

This year's program will feature several distinguished international speakers and abstract sessions that will focus on leading-edge strategies to develop and disseminate materials to assist decision making for consumers, health professionals, researchers and policy makers.

Why should patients/consumers attend our symposium?

  • Meet other patients interested in learning about research on ‘what works’ in healthcare
  • Help set priorities for what healthcare questions and issues Cochrane will explore
  • Participate in hands-on workshops and develop your critical thinking skills
  • Find out how you can contribute your valuable perspective as a consumer
  • Provide input for how we can do our work

Apply for a stipend

Click here to fill out the stipend application form. Before filling out the form, please save the Word document to your desktop. When you have completed the application save the document again and email it to

As a volunteer member of a patient advocacy organization, you share our interest in helping people to make informed decisions about their health. That’s why we think more people need to know about the important work of Cochrane Canada.

If you are an unpaid patient volunteer, apply for our stipend. Stipend applications are open from 1 – 31 March 2017.

If you are a paid member of a patient advocacy organization, we invite you to register for our Symposium.

Stipend notifications will be sent out on 7 April 2017.

Questions? Contact us at