Statement on Racial Injustice and Anti-Oppression

The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants grieves with our members and joins them in speaking out against the appalling acts of anti-Black racism and violence we have all witnessed over the past several days and weeks.

These actions are completely deplorable, they are not new, and they also occur in Canada.

Physician assistants value compassion, empathy, respect for all persons, justice, and accountability. These foundational values are instilled in our training. Through our professional and personal lives, we can all contribute to efforts to eliminate health disparities in our communities.

As health care professionals, we recognize that racism affects our racialized patients who face negative outcomes and poor experiences with the health care system. We also recognize that racism affects physician assistants in daily clinical work and academia. As a member-led association, we are committed to acknowledging the impact of all forms of discrimination and oppression, accepting the responsibility to make a difference, and using our collective voice to stand against intolerance and racial injustice.


CAPA is the national professional association representing physician assistants (PAs) in Canada. We are the national voice of PAs and work to support quality standards and competencies, and help establish the profession within the national health care framework. Learn more: