The Manitoba Tomorrow Project

We are recruiting 10,000 Manitobans to ask questions and gather information on how lifestyle, genetics, environment and social factors interact to influence cancer and chronic disease risk.


The Manitoba Tomorrow Project (MTP) is a new population health research study that aims to learn more about the causes of cancer and chronic diseases, by following the health of 10,000 Manitoba residents for up to 50 years.

Where do you live? How much sleep do you get? What did you have for lunch?  What really “runs in the family?”  What choices can we make when it comes to our health? And what has already been determined? The answers for a healthier future are inside us all.

We are inviting interested Manitobans who are between 30 and 74 years old to become participants in the study!

The MTP is the newest member in a very large Canada-wide initiative called the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath). Together, we will collect and connect this valuable data with researchers across the country and around the world to change the future of health research.

Did you know?

Did you know that large population health studies are responsible for linking smoking to lung cancer? (British Doctors Study) Or that it was a population health study that connected obesity as a contributing factor to heart disease? (Framingham Heart Study) Large population health studies are a treasure-trove of data for researchers. By gathering data from a large population segment over time we are able to start to determine patterns and connect seemingly small details for profound discoveries. The data we collect will have a significant impact on the research community and could be used for thousands of studies across many cancer and chronic disease disciplines for years to come.

We are adapting our research to connect to the human side of science. Choices we make. Choices we cannot make. All across Canada, with the data of over 330,000 Canadians we will begin to better understand and connect lifestyle, social factors, genetics and environment, and put our knowledge toward preventing and reducing rates of cancer and chronic disease for all Canadians.

Taking Part:

Participation in the Manitoba Tomorrow Project takes around 1.5 hours of your time initially and involves filling out a paper-based study package (Information Booklet, Consent Form, Baseline Questionnaire, and prepaid return envelope) and attending an optional 45-minute study appointment.

As this is a long term population health study, we will want to follow up and check-in with you periodically throughout the next 50 years in a similar fashion. Do you want to help build a healthier tomorrow for Manitobans?

CancerCare Manitoba is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free research recruitment processes. If you are interested in an opportunity to participate in the Manitoba Tomorrow Project, please advise if accommodation measures must be taken to enable you to apply and be assessed fairly and equitably.

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MTP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

MTP Newsletter - Summer 2020

The Manitoba Tomorrow Project
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Stakeholders and Partners

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a contemporary (est. 2006) long-term, large scale study about ageing that includes a study site in Manitoba. It is important for the MTP study to be planned in a way that is complimentary to existing long-term studies, to support one another for mutual benefit- To this end, CLSA has supported the development of the MTP with lessons learned. “The CLSA will collect information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives. These factors will be studied to understand how, individually and in combination, they have an impact in both maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people age” (From ; Retrieved March 31, 2017).

CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB)

CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) is the host institution of the MTP, and provides in-kind staff and infrastructure supports for the project. CCMB’s mission: To reduce and, where possible, eliminate the burden of cancer on the people of Manitoba through exemplary programs of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, continuing care, research and education.

One of the strategic directions in CCMBs 2016-2021 Cancer Plan is “Toward a broadened scope and enhanced strength of research.” CCMB’s research units include the Clinical Investigations Office, Epidemiology and Cancer Registry along with CancerCare Manitoba's Research Institute, and Medical Physics.

Manitoba Center for Health Policy (MCHP)

The Manitoba Center for Health Policy (MCHP) is a research unit in the U of M’s College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. MCHP does research on the health of Manitobans. As a leader in health and health services research in Canada, MCHP uses a variety of databases to study factors affecting health, including health care, health programs and policies, income, education, justice, employment and social circumstances. MCHP would be involved in facilitating linkage of the MTP with administrative databases, and analytical work.

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL):

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) is a department within the Government of Manitoba. Its Mission is: “To meet the health needs of individuals, families and their communities by leading a sustainable, publicly administered health system that promotes well-being and provides the right care, in the right place, at the right time” (From ; Accessed March 31, 2017). MHSAL will facilitate a blind mail out for the purposes of participant recruitment to MTP.

Manitoba Tomour Bank

The Manitoba Tumour Bank (MTB) is Manitoba’s largest open-access biobank.  The MTB is disease-based, and has accumulated thousands of cases of blood and marrow disorders, and normal and tumour solid tissues. Sample types include plasma, cell pellets, cryopreserved cells, buccal swabs, bone marrow, tissue micro-arrays, blood and urine. The MTB is a member organization of the Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet), and is CTRNet certified.  Sample processing and long term biobank storage for the fledgling MTP is currently based out of the MTB.

Research Ethics Board (REB)

All research projects are required to apply to a Research Ethics Board (REB) for approval. All Canadian REBs are guided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2: Ethical conduct for Research involving Humans (TCPS-2).

Research Manitoba

Research Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Health Research Council) is a provincially funded body. Part of its mandate is to: act “as a coordinating body for a comprehensive and inclusive health research agenda that leads to improved health and increased economic opportunities for the Province of Manitoba” and to “facilitate networks, linkages, and communication throughout the Manitoba health research enterprise and beyond.” Research Manitoba will be involved with outreach for MTP (through research, network contacts), and serve as a hub for information sharing between stakeholder groups (funders, researchers, public).

The George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)

The George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) was launched in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Manitoba (U of M) and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). CHI is Manitoba’s SUPPORT unit and has seven platforms that represent this unit. Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) are a part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR).

The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research Program (TMPLR)

The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) Program is a contemporary cross-sectional study with a mission to:  “Aspire to reduce the prevalence and severity of chronic disease in Manitoba by developing personalized diet, physical activity and sleep recommendations for Manitobans” (From ; Accessed March 31, 2017. TMPLR is recruiting n=800 Manitobans aged 30-46, and has developed a fully outfitted mobile unit to bring their study operations around the province.

About CanPath - The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow's Health

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is now CanPath - the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow's Health. The Manitoba Tomorrow Project is proud to be a member of CanPath, Canada's largest population health study. Comprised of more than 330,000 participants, CanPath is a unique Canadian platform allowing scientists to learn more about the causes of chronic disease and cancer for a healthier Canada and world. Thank you to all participant volunteers. Learn more at

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The Manitoba Tomorrow Project is a long term study that requires us to keep track of our participants over many years.

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In partnership with

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is now CanPath – the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health. Together with our partners, CanPath is studying the biology, behaviours and environments of Canadians to learn more about the causes of chronic disease and cancer for a healthier Canada and world.