MLPAO Lab of the Month

COVID-19 has put the spotlight on diagnostic testing and Medical Laboratory Professionals have been going above and beyond for your communities. Some of you are scaling up to daily capacities in the high thousands, others are working to get PCR testing online in a matter of weeks not months. Some have redeployed to support testing in other labs or come out of retirement to help, leaving your families, risking your lives. You are working 24/7 to continue daily testing on top of COVID-19 for cancer, heart attacks, and other ailments. You are all understaffed and underfunded. 

We want to make sure Ontarians see you: hidden heroes overcoming immeasurable odds. We are accepting applications for the MLPAO Lab of the Month

This new showcase highlights labs working through this pandemic in the following ways:

  • Podcast: We profile your lab team in a special episode on our new season of The Dish.

  • Article: Highlight your team members’ story in your local paper and online

  • Funding: Cake, lunch, or another treat on us – celebrate your teamwork!

  • Social Posts: We’ll highlight your group through a series of social posts through that month. 

Promoting the Profession: MLPAO Community Fund 

The MLPAO stands for you: Medical Laboratory Technologists, Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technicians, Pathologist Assistants, and other proud laboratory professionals at the center of healthcare. You are incredible hard-working teams detecting infection, identifying disease or cancerous cells, and providing blood to patients fighting for their lives. Healthcare teams rely on your work to collect samples, confirm diagnoses, inform treatment, and monitor progression. You stand together for the health of the patient. 

However, because you work in a lab out of sight, the life-saving importance of what you do can be a hidden. Many in the provincial government, in the hospital, and in the public don’t yet know that all healthcare goes through the lab. This year, the MLPAO has developed a new micro-grant program that recognizes efforts to raise the profile of medical laboratory professionals: within your lab, hospital, healthcare network, town, city, or riding. 

Collaborative Education Fund (CEF)


The MLPAO Collaborative Education Fund (CEF) provides support and sponsorship for professional development initiatives that positively impact and enhance the skills and knowledge of medical laboratory professionals. Support from the CEF is available to organizations and groups by application to the MLPAO. 

A total funding pool of $4,000 ($1,000 each quarter) will be made available annually by the MLPAO for events that are held in the province of Ontario. Every effort will be made to distribute the funding among the eight Districts of Ontario. The maximum funds available for each individual event will be $500.

Allied Health Professional Development Fund - This fund will be discontinued - Final submission date is March 2, 2020.

HealthForceOntario provides financial support for Ontario’s allied health professionals through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF). Members of nine eligible allied health professions are able to apply for as much as $1,500 this funding year (April 1, 2019 to March 2, 2020) in education grants for completed professional development courses, conferences, and workshops. For more information regarding the discontinuation of this program - CLICK HERE!

Visit for more information about the Allied Health Professional Development Fund, including information about the application process, program eligibility requirements, deadlines, and more. Questions and comments about the program should be directed to Please note that funding is not guaranteed.

Electronic Health Library 

To further support professional development, the Allied Health Professional Development Fund has invested in a multi-year subscription to an Electronic Health Library (EHL) hosted by EBSCO. This library gives practicing members of the allied health professions access to the most recent health care literature to help determine the best approach to evidence-based practice. 

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