For Professionals

The Foundation aims to build healthier hearts and minds across Canada by bringing life-saving knowledge to the communities we serve – through our local offices and the healthcare providers we support with education and resources.

This site is intended primarily for individuals with an interest in the research programs of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC)
The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) is the largest annual cardio vascular learning event in Canada for cardiovascular specialists and allied health professionals involved in delivering care in Canada. The CCC draws physicians, researchers, trainees, medical students and other cardiovascular professionals from across Canada and around the globe. In addition, CCC includes the active participation of twelve national professional societies which, together, comprise the multidisciplinary cardiovascular community across Canada. To register visit

For the latest news from the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress Click here

CPR Science
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada sets the Canadian Guidelines for CPR, defibrillation and other aspects of emergency cardiovascular care in Canada. HSFC is a founding member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). ILCOR is the international body that reviews emerging resuscitation research and summarizes the latest findings to give direction when there is strong scientific evidence to lead to a Guidelines change. HSFC, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, uses ILCOR’s information to continuously update Guidelines for North America. The 2010 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are the most current guidelines and provide the foundation for all HSFC CPR courses in Canada. All HSFC courses incorporate the latest evidence in resuscitation science and training. All CPR training agencies in Canada should refer to these guidelines when developing their own training programs.

CPR training
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada offers a variety of courses to meet your training needs. Find a CPR/AED course at our resuscitation website.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Companies
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) does not recommend or endorse specific products of any single manufacturer or distributor. HSFC encourages you to contact suppliers to describe your needs, obtain product information and find out how they can help you establish your AED program. Licensing information about specific AEDs may be checked through Health Canada's Medical Devices License Listing To find the listing of companies with Health Canada approval for an AED (or multiple AEDS) click here.

For more information on starting an AED program download our document titled Automated External Defibrillation: Whose life will you need to save? 

HSFC Position Statement on Public Access to AEDs

To order a CPR Anytime™ kit call 1-888-LAERDAL.

Are you looking for resource materials?
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has many resources available to the public, from educational pamphlets and reading materials to videos and cookbooks. For more information about the materials available please contact 1.888.HSF.INFO. (1-888-473-4636)

Click here to find provincial versions of educational resource catalogues:

British Columbia and Yukon

Provincial Links

Ontario Site for Healthcare Professionals:

Alberta, NWT and Nunavut Professional Development Bursary Program.