Who are Lab Professionals

Medical laboratory professionals are dedicated health care professionals that provide accurate and timely laboratory test results to physicians to help make critical medical decisions. They are often working behind closed doors, with little interaction with the patients they serve, however their role in patient care is vital to the entire health care system.

There are approximately 1.2 million laboratory tests performed every day in Canada. Each one is done by qualified and skilled medical laboratory professionals. Laboratory tests provide a wealth of knowledge to physicians and are required for the diagnosis and treatment of the thousands of health issues that affect Canadians every day, such as the:


Cases of cancer diagnosed every day


Heart attacks occur in Canada each year


Units of donated blood are needed everyday


Traumas occur every day

The Professions

Medical laboratory professionals work in a variety of specialties. Each profession has specific tools, techniques and roles to play within the laboratory. Learn more about each of the professions below.

Medical Laboratory Technologist

Diagnostic Cytology Technologists

Clinical Genetics Technologist

Medical Laboratory Assistant


We're Here for You

Medical laboratory professionals work around the clock to provide accurate and timely results that are vital to health care decisions.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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