The Cambie Case

Canadian Doctors for Medicare is proud to have participated in the Cambie trial as an intervenor. Our role was to bring key evidence before the courts in defence of Canadians' access to health care based on need, not ability to pay. On April 6, 2023 the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would not hear Cambie Surgeries Corporation’s appeal, putting an end to this decades-long battle.

Court decisions

  • The BC Supreme Court's 880-page ruling was released on September 10, 2020.

    To read our Top 5 reasons the Cambie verdict at the BC Supreme Court was a huge win for public health care, click here. We've also produced a 46 page summary of some of the key findings. Click here to read it.

    For the full ruling, click here

  • The BC Court of Appeal upheld the BC Supreme Court's decision on July 15, 2022

    To read our press release, click here. For the decision, click here.  

  • The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Cambie's application for leave to appeal on April 6, 2023. 

    To read our press release, click here

Visit to learn more about the trial and intervenors.

What was the case about?

CDM held a webinar in July of 2020 to walk through the significance of this case. Karen Palmer, adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and health policy advisor, walked participants through the details of the case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about the Cambie Charter challenge, and its potential impact on Canada's public health care system? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For an excellent primer on the case by policy expert Karen Palmer, click here.

CDM and Cambie in the News

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Cambie Press Releases

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