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ONF works with a number of partners at provincial, national and international levels to understand injury prevention strategies and the underlying causes that lead neurotrauma injuries. The partners also support the development of interventions and policies that make a difference and improve health outcomes for those who experience neurotrauma.

Partnerships and collaborations are critical success factors in advancing the ONF agenda to achieve sustainable change in both practice and policy. ONF facilitates partnership initiatives with a wide range of organizations to examine new treatments and services.

The Foundation works with its partners to devise neurotrauma prevention strategies. This includes organizations that fund research, medical and rehabilitation professional associations, brain injury associations that include members living with neurotrauma, the insurance industry, government and many others.

A few of our key partnerships include:

Spinal Cord Injury

Rick Hansen Institute

The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) facilitates an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, people with SCI and their supporters in order to find solution to one of the most debilitating, costly and life-altering health conditions. The RHI-ONF collaboration facilitates numerous projects and initiatives including the Canadian SCI Pressure Ulcer Strategy and SCI Knowledge Mobilization Network in addition to other best practice implementation projects in Ontario.

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) is a provincial organization purposed to provide a full range of services and support along with a robust advocacy plan for persons living with SCI. SCIO works with municipal and provincial governments to drive systemic change for the SCI community. The organization works with health care providers across the province to protect the health and well-being of people living with SCI to the resolve of an inclusive Ontario for all. In June 2018, the Ontario Government committed 6-million dollars to ONF and SCIO to develop pathways of care for persons with neurotrauma injuries.

Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Alliance

The Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Alliance is an advocacy initiative co-led by ONF and SCIO – together, 250 key provincial stakeholders and strategic partners of researchers, service providers, policy makers, funders and people with SCI address and resolve systemic barriers in Ontario.

Acquired Brain Injury

Ontario Brain Injury Association

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial non-for-profit charitable organization, their mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support. OBIA’s services include information and resources, a 24-hour helpline, personal advocacy and support. The ONF-OBIA partnership was initiated to provide ONF with a clearer lens into Ontario’s brain injury community to identify and address the gaps in service.

Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is a provincial lead on the quality of health care. The organization is mandated to help nurses, doctors and other health care professionals be more effective in what they do – by providing objective advice and data, and by supporting them and government in improving health care for the people of Ontario. ONF and HQO have partnered to develop a quality standard for concussion care. Quality standards are concise statements designed to help clinicians easily and quickly know what care they should be providing, based on the latest and best evidence. They also are designed to help patients and families know what to expect in their care.


The Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR) aims to foster clinical research in the field of rehabilitation. The Network’s priority is to reduce or compensate for deficiencies, incapacities and handicaps stemming from physical impairments by supporting multidisciplinary and multicentered research activities. In the past ONF and REPAR have partnered to the development of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI, currently ONF is collaborating with REPAR to both SCI and ABI initiatives.



The McMaster University Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) us a cross-faculty research institute for advancing the science of aging. The institute works with health care providers and other key stakeholders through research activities, implementation and intervention practices. The partnership with MIRA has resulted in events for Fall Prevention Month to help bring awareness to fall prevention initiatives for aging populations.

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

The platform, supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative in partnership with McMaster University provides direct and easy access to evidence-based information on how to manage health conditions across aging populations, including adult falls. ONF’s Loop, Fall Prevention CoP has partnered with this initiative, aiming to engage users through fall prevention materials and resources.

NeuroMatters Newsletter

NeuroMatters is the source for news and information about research and best practices in injury prevention, care and treatment of spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury.

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