COVID-19 Advocacy

A modern healthcare system cannot function without professional medical radiation technologists practicing in medical imaging and radiation therapy. From 2020 to 2022, CAMRT worked tirelessly to address issues that emerged both because of COVID-19 and pre-dating the virus, through advocacy and dialogue with decision makers tto make a difference to MRTs.

The sections that follow detail some of CAMRT’s most prominent advocacy from this period:


Essential role of MRTs in the Healthcare System

Our 2019-21 Strategic Plan identified the need to build beyond the vital awareness work we do through MRT Week and the national Image of Care campaign.Even before the coronavirus hit our shores, CAMRT had built plans for a modern, accessible and advocacy friendly MRT awareness campaign, and was beginning its implementation.

As we came across other issues during the pandemic, whether it be access to PPE or temporary pandemic pay, we noted an increased need for this work. And, as such we are ramped it up substantially from 2020 onwards.


Toronto Star article – January 4, 2021

National Post Insert article (March 27, 2020) – Online version (launched March 25, 2020)

Public letters

CAMRT-BC: Vaccine Priority for MRTs as Frontline workers

CAMRT Support Pandemic Pay for MRTs in ON

National MRT Awareness campaign

Throughout November and December 2020, CAMRT ran a national MRT Awareness campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Millions of Canadians were reached through this advertising. This campaign was expanded upon in 2021 and 2022 and run again during the period surrounding MRT Week to great effect.

Watch and share the Awareness video ads: Link here

More information about the 2020 campaign and its successors can be found here.


Social Media

Downloadable version.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Access to the COVID-19 vaccines was a matter of concern for all Canadians, and particularly frontline healthcare professionals like MRTs. During late 2020 and early 2021, CAMRT closely monitored announcements and official releases from the federal and other governments across the country, and actively advocating for MRTs.


Toronto Star article – January 4, 2021

Edmonton Journal article – March 23, 2021

Public letters

CAMRT Support for MRT Access to Vaccine in Alberta

CAMRT Support for MRT Access to Vaccine in New Brunswick

CAMRT Support for MRT Access to Vaccine in Saskatchewan

CAMRT-BC: Vaccine Priority for MRTs as Frontline workers

N.B. If you would find it helpful, please feel free to adapt the above letter for your local context.

PPE for MRTs during the COVID-19 crisis

In the spring of 2020, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was an issue of great concern for healthcare professionals across Canada in all professions. With widespread shortages, came reports directly to CAMRT from MRTs having difficulty accessing PPE in their institutions and facilities.

Position statement

In response to these reports from members, CAMRT has been advocating on your behalf. On Friday April 3, CAMRT released a position paper outlining ts stance on access to PPE based on the best evidence available.

CAMRT Position Statement: Personal Protective Equipment for Medical Radiation Technologists during the COVID-19 Crisis

Public letters

Following publication of the position, CAMRT has been addressing the shortage of PPE for MRTs and the concern that MRTs are not being correctly identified as frontline workers in this crisis directly with people in positions of influence in the healthcare and public health systems.

PPE Letter 1: To Federal Minister of Health and Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

PPE Letter 2: Follow Up with Chief Public Health Officer of Canada


Too many front-line workers not getting personal protective equipment (Hill Times / Focus on Victoria, May 6, 2020)

Opinion: Why are we choosing who is protected? (Postmedia / Vancouver Province, April 28, 2020)


To help gather concrete information and direct experiences of frontline MRTs, CAMRT conducted a short survey on access to PPE and the distribution to MRTs on the front lines of the COVID-19 effort. Thanks to the thousands of you that responded, the information you shared with us is proving invaluable in the advocacy we are undertaking on your behalf. Top-line analysis of the survey can be found below, a more comprehensive analysis of the subjective comments received and provincial breakdowns will be posted when available.

We thank you all for sharing this information from the front lines with us. It is invaluable to us when advocating on your behalf, and also to the agencies with which we are collaborating with on a response.

PPE Survey Results: MRT Access to PPE During COVID-19

Resumption of Clinical Services

CAMRT worked closely with the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) and other medical professions to study the effects that COVID-19 and the associated public health restrictions and service scalebacks had on medical imaging services across the country. By understanding the effects, it is the goal of the collaborative to also bring forward concrete recommendations for governments and healthcare decision makers to follow as they seek to resume and scale back up to a previous level of service.

A second report of this strategic collaboration was released in October, examined data from different organizations relating to the resumption of service, the ongoing effect of the initial pandemic closures and subsequent slowdowns on waitlists and the resiliency of radiology services in general, as well as proposed solutions for 2020 and beyond.

Radiology Resilience Now and Beyond: Report from the Canadian Radiology Resilience Taskforce – October 2, 2020

A first report of this strategic collaboration was released in May, discussing the effects of the pandemic on radiology services, and the views established at that time as to how to resume radiological services.

Radiology Resumption of Clinical Services Report – May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Study – Impacts on MRTs and Patients

CAMRT conducted a survey with department managers across Canada to collect information on how the COVID 19 virus is affecting MRTs, departmental policy, departmental workload and most importantly patient care.

The data collected was summarized and provided to managers and government agencies in a timely manner. CAMRT used the information to conduct advocacy efforts to support the needs of medical imaging and radiation therapy services during and after the pandemic.

Survey #1 – Summary Report

Survey #3 – Summary Report

Working with other professions on issues of common concern

CAMRT also worked closely through our networks and contacts share best practices with and from other healthcare professional groups and to assist governments across Canada with advice to sustain the full healthcare system in this exceptional time.

HEAL met with the staff of the Federal Minister of Health on a regular (weekly at first, and now bi-weekly) over the course of the pandemic. CAMRT, as a member of HEAL was able to convey information about the MRT profession garnered through our own work (HHR studies, member surveys) and join other healthcare professions in seeking strategic assistance from the federal government (e.g., ensuring national PPE stores and manufacture).

As part of HEAL, CAMRT conveyed a number of important recommendations relating to healthcare professionals and pandemic readiness/response: Beyond COVID-19: HEAL’s Recommendations for a Healthier Nation

HEAL Press Release (Mar 25, 2020): Broad Effects of COVID-19 on Healthcare Professionals