Who we Are

The National Sanitarium Association (NSA) has long & storied history going back to the end of the 19th century.  Originally founded to build & run sanitaria for the treatment of Tuberculosis, we have evolved from its pioneering past to being a research funding organisation.  We also maintain a strong link with West Park Healthcare Centre which is a continuation of the first Toronto Tuberculosis sanitarium.

Our Purpose

The association funds research at the cutting edge of respirology.  We make large multi-year grants (up to $1 million) for projects thus making us a significant grantor in the field.  Our insistence on funding innovative research makes us a unique granting agency.

Respiratory Disease

Respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and lung cancer continue to rank among the ten leading causes of death in Canada and worldwide. Hence there is an urgent need for research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of respiratory disease. The NSA occupies a unique position in the Canadian respiratory research funding enterprise, by focusing on early-stage emerging ideas.


We are a not-for-profit oarganisation registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency.  

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