Canadian Medical Assistance Teams


From medical expertise, to logistical know-how and administrative experience, CMAT volunteers are professionals who take the time to help those in need. 

CMAT welcomes applications from Canadian Registered Health Professionals, and non-health volunteers.



All applicants should be committed to the goals and values of CMAT.  A minimum of two years of relevant work experience is required for most volunteer positions. To join our field teams, you will need:

  • the ability to cope with stress
  • the ability to prioritize your workload
  • professional and personal flexibility
  • a willingness to work in unstable environments, and harsh climates
  • a sense of adventure, and tolerance of challenging living conditions (e.g. tents, latrines)
  • relevant travel or work experience in a developing country or remote parts of Canada
  • the ability to work as part of a multicultural and multi disciplinary team

All volunteers require: 

  • An up to date Immunization record 
  • CPR certification
  • A valid Canadian passport with a minimum of 6 months before expiry
  • A recent police background check with vulnerable sector screening

Medical Professionals (in addition to the above):

  • ACLS and PALS
  • Proof of professional registration in your province 
  • Proof of Professional liability protection 


CMAT deploys medical teams in response to major global natural disasters.  You must be available for a minimum of two to three weeks, and be willing to fund your own travel to and from the project area. Most expenses while working in field projects are covered by CMAT.

CMAT also encourages its volunteers to fundraise to offset the cost of travel.  CMAT is entirely volunteer run and donor driven.


CMAT needs medical professionals, particularly those with expertise in emergency and trauma, paediatrics, obstetrics and infectious disease, including:

  • physicians 
  • surgeons 
  • nurses and nurse practitioners
  • midwives
  • mental health professionals
  • paramedics (PCP, ACP and CCP)
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • other allied health professionals


CMAT field projects depend on our skilled support professionals.  Our logistics and administrative staff ensure that day-to-day operations run as smoothly as possible – attending to supplies, transportation, CMAT camp management, IT, water and sanitation, finance and general administration.  We encourage applications from the following:

  • Financial professionals
  • Human resource managers
  • Mechanical technicians
  • Construction supervisors (Electricians and Carpenters)
  • Engineers
  • Supply chain managers
  • IT technicians
  • Search and rescue
  • Water and sanitation specialists. (Plumbers and Firefighters)
  • Safety and Security (Police/ Military) 

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Mission Statement

By preserving human dignity, helping to reduce suffering and building capacity, CMAT aims to assist vulnerable communities most affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster to heal their biological, psychological, and social wounds