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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Through CP Has Heart, all funds raised through our partnership with the CFL will support the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI).

The UOHI is Canada's largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. The Heart Institute is embarking on its largest expansion in its 40 year history, adding 145,000 square feet of state-of-the-art clinical space to the existing facility. This expansion will allow the Institute to continue to serve the cardiac care needs of Canadians, as the referral centre for hospitals throughout Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, Nunavut, and for many more patients from coast-to-coast who come to Ottawa for life-saving procedures.

"The next five years will be the most exciting of the Institute's history," said Jim Orban, University of Ottawa Heart Institute President and CEO. "Partnerships like the one with CP Has Heart are vital to the Institute's evolution and support like this ensures that world-class cardiovascular treatment, programs and patient care are available today, shaping the lives of so many Canadians tomorrow."

This week, as part of the Ottawa Heart Institute's "February is Heart Month" campaign, CP is matching donations to a maximum of $7,500, turning your support into up to $15,000 for the Heart Institute.


Olivia Hiddema, cardiac patient at UOHI

​​​​Four days after her birth in Vancouver, Olivia had her first open-heart surgery. At age two, Olivia and her family moved to Ottawa where the doctors and nurses at CHEO monitored her regularly as she progressed through childhood. When Olivia turned 18, she graduated from CHEO to the Adult Congenital Heart Clinic at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute where she underwent a second open heart surgery at age 20. Olivia will directly benefit from the UOHI's new expansion.​

Henry Burris, retired CFL quarterback

Henry Burris is a retired professional quarterback, who mostly played in the Canadian Football League from 1998 through 2016. He won three Grey Cup championships, two with the Calgary Stampeders, in 1998 and 2008, having spent 10 years of his career with the Stamps, and one with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016. Burris won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 2010 and 2015. At the time of his retirement Burris was third in all-time CFL regular season passing yardage and passing touchdowns. ​


In the three years of CP's sponsorship of the CFL, $700,000 has been raised in support of heart health.

The 104th Grey Cup in Toronto
Champion: Ottawa REDBLACKS
$200,000 raised for the Mechanical Heart Program at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

The 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg
Champion: Edmonton Eskimos
$180,000 raised to support a new cardiac screening protocol for women at St. Boniface Hospital

The 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver
Champion: Calgary Stampeders
$120,000 raised to purchase cardiac equipment at the Royal Columbian Hospital​