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"CP is proud of our partnership with the CFL and the benefit our community partners receive from the passion of CFL fans," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "Heart health is an important cause and one that resonates with our CP family of nearly 12,000 railroaders. Having a beautiful heart means taking care of ourselves so we can be there for our loved ones, our friends, and our communities."

2017 CFL Season

CP donated $1,000 for each home-game touchdown made by the Ottawa REDBLACKS during the CFL regular season, $2,500 for each touchdown made by the home team during the divisional semi-finals, and $5,000 for home-team touchdowns during the finals. 

An incredible $10,000 for each touchdown scored by the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders during the 105th Grey Cup game, resulted in an additional $60,000 donation. This, together with more than $130,500 generated through fundraising initiatives, including a social media initiative with a $.50 per tweet/share donation as part of the Beautiful Hearts campaign, means that CP has made a $265,000 contribution to cardiac care at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Our CP Has Heart family

In 2017, we teamed up with the Canadian Football League to build a nation-wide conversation about the simple steps Canadians can take to have a healthy, beautiful heart. Players, alumni, general managers, owners and officials were asked to describe what a beautiful heart means to them to raise awareness about heart disease. From daily healthy living practices, to stories about learning warning signs too late, they've given a personal face to how heart health can, and likely will, touch every family.

Wally Buono, Head Coach & GM, BC Lions


Rob Cote, Running Back, Calgary Stampeders


Shamawd Chambers, Wide Receiver, Edmonton Eskimos


Henoc Muamba, Linebacker, Saskatchewan Roughriders


Jamaal Westerman, Defensive Lineman, Winnipeg Bluebombers


Zach Collaros, Quarterback, Hamilton Tiger Cats


Chris Van Zeyl, Offensive Lineman, Toronto Argonauts


Kavis Reed, General Manager, Montreal Alouettes


Andre Proulx, head referee, CPFOA



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, $500,000 has been raised in support of heart health.

The 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa
Champion: Toronto Argonauts
$265,000 raised towards a state-of-the-art expansion at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

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​