PASSERELLE SPOR National Training Entity is a Canadian-wide hub acting as a network of networks in capacity development funded under the Canadian Institute for Health Research’s (CIHR’s) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) initiative.



Over the past decade, the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has made significant advancements in patient-oriented research throughout Canada. These advancements have cut across health disciplines, provinces and territories. Provincial SPOR SUPPORT Units, national SPOR Networks, mentoring chairs, and dedicated funding opportunities are just some of the progresses made in this field.

Building upon the foundational work of SPOR, PASSERELLE SPOR National Training Entity emerged as a Canadian network of networks that centralize, support and promote what has been developed to support patient-oriented research (POR) capacity.

About patient-oriented research (POR)

Our core

We aim to develop, strengthen and sustain capacity in patient-oriented research

Our approach

PASSERELLE’s approach is guided by the SPOR Patient Engagement and the SPOR Capacity Development frameworks, incorporates indigenous and western paradigms, is rooted in principles of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and follows principles of co-building and adult learning.

Activities will be conducted in both French and English, in an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and culturally safe manner, respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous self-determination.

Our values

Patients and their needs are at the heart of our concerns

Our roots

Territorial acknowledgment

PASSERELLE acknowledges that its central coordinating office is on the traditional and unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat people, colonially known as Quebec City. We also respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land. PASSERELLE honours Indigenous Nations’ long history of welcoming many visitors and settlers to these beautiful territories and upholds and uplifts their voices and values.

On a national level, we encourage all Canadians to learn about the Indigenous people of the lands on which they live, work or visit. We, as Canadians, in the spirit of reconciliation, respect the self-determination of First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and their rights and responsibilities in culture, language and the pursuit of wellness.

Our goals

Supporting and promoting capacity building efforts in patient-oriented research

The actors and actresses

Together to strengthen the research community with and for patients


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Interested in the latest news and updates from PASSERELLE or the POR environment? Would you like to find out about the achievements of our POR partners, opportunities for learners across Canada, or partnership and funding possibilities?

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