Prevention centres

These centres are “hubs” for the virtual Prevention Network that seek to engage cancer and chronic disease prevention communities. The centres offer specific expertise in prevention disciplines and are currently engaged in Network activities. Below is a brief description of each centre. See centre pages for more information.

Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC)
The Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) is a pan-Canadian research centre whose mission is to improve cancer control and the delivery of care through interdisciplinary leadership in health economics, services, policy and ethics research, education and knowledge translation. The Canadian Cancer Society is a founder of ARCC, whose partners also include the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Cancer Care Ontario, the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.

Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention (
The Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention aims to facilitate connections among academics, students, community organizations, health care organizations, policy makers, and the public. The Centre is a partnership between the British Columbia/Yukon Division of the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of British Columbia. The Centre’s mission is to reduce the incidence of cancer and other diseases through new research, and the dissemination and application of new and existing knowledge to practitioners, policy makers and the public, thus reducing the time from discovery to implementation and ultimately to impact.
Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC)
The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) is the only research centre in Canada dedicated solely to the study of cancers caused by work. Based at Cancer Care Ontario, it is directly supported by the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. OCRC’s research program focuses on epidemiologic studies, surveillance of occupational cancer and carcinogens, and intervention/prevention studies.

The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (Propel)
Propel is a pan-Canadian platform for engaged scholarship with a goal to prevent cancers, other chronic diseases and their causes. Founding partners are the Canadian Cancer Society (since 1993) and the University of Waterloo (since 1998). Propel leads, catalyzes and builds capacity for knowledge development and exchange initiatives that strengthen population health interventions and their impact across Canada. Propel’s areas of focus include tobacco control, healthy living and capacity development.

Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP)
The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) has established a large, high-quality “population laboratory” of a size and scale not previously seen in Canada that will help researchers unlock the secrets of what causes cancer and other chronic diseases. The project is made up of five regional studies — the Alberta Tomorrow Project, Atlantic PATH, the BC Generations Project, the Ontario Health Study and Quebec’s CARTaGENE. The CPTP has recruited 300,000 Canadians and will track them over decades. The CPTP is an initiative of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

CAREX Canada
CAREX Canada (CARcinogen EXposure) is a multi-institution, multidisciplinary team of researchers that has generated an evidence-based carcinogen surveillance program for Canada. CAREX Canada has estimated the number of Canadians exposed to substances associated with cancer in the workplace and community environments. It is primarily funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre (CPC-McGill)
The Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre (CPC) is a multidisciplinary program that includes both clinical and research work in the field of cancer prevention. The Centre offers special services to people at high risk of cancer and undertakes research aimed at discovering ways everyone can reduce their cancer risk.

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