Canadian volunteers first came together to create an MSF association in 1989, and MSF in Canada formally joined the international movement in 1991.

MSF staff in Canada recruit medical and logistical personnel for field missions; raise public awareness of the plight of the populations MSF cares for; and finance international MSF projects by raising funds from the general public (72 per cent in 2014) and the Canadian government (19 per cent in 2014). A portion of Canadian funding also comes from grants from other MSF sections as well as interest (nine per cent in 2014).



Between 2006 and 2011, MSF Canada directly managed healthcare projects in Colombia, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of the Congo.

The MSF Canada national office is located in Toronto. There is also an MSF office in Montreal, which supports the national office in recruiting Canadian aid workers for overseas field placement.