The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is Canada’s largest population health research platform. It contains a wealth of data from more than 300,000 Canadians aged 35-69 who have volunteered to share information about their health, lifestyle, environment and behaviour over their adult lives. Nearly half of participants have also provided a biological sample. They have done so hoping to help researchers unlock the answers to why some people develop cancer and chronic diseases while others do not.

CPTP aims to create a legacy that will benefit both current and future generations by strengthening population research in Canada, by producing excellent evidence to inform health care improvements, and by offering the maximum benefit to the people of Canada and to the health systems on which they rely.

Unlocking the mysteries of cancer with Canada’s largest population health data set

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About Cohort Participants

Each of the 300,000 Canadians enrolled in the CPTP was recruited through one of the five regional cohorts of the CPTP and, by joining this project, has committed to building a legacy for future generations to lead healthier lives. Some cancers and chronic diseases take decades to develop or may occur later in life which is why most participants have given permission to be followed for decades, giving researchers insight into how health changes over time.

CPTP’s Research Potential

The combined power of health and lifestyle information, bio-samples and the ability of the regional cohorts to re-contact participants will allow researchers to investigate some of the most complicated and difficult-to-identify factors that may contribute to cancer and certain chronic diseases, such as:

  • Biological markers found in the blood that offer promise in detecting certain types of cancer;
  • The impact of public health policies on modifying risk factors;
  • Genomic components that point to promising areas for new drug research; and
  • The reason why cancer rates are higher in some geographic areas.

Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, please contact us at

Canadian Partnership For Tomorrow Project
1 University Avenue, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2P1