Help with Accessibility

Accessibility notice

While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accessibility of this site, some content or services found here might be inaccessible to some visitors. In those circumstances, please contact CIHR's Web Services Centre: or 613-948-8131.


Most content is available in HTML format (like this page). Many documents are also available in their original format.

Word Processing Software

  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
    To read the Portable Document Format (PDF) version you need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 (or later) on your system. If you choose not to use Acrobat Reader you can have the Portable Document Format (PDF) file converted to HTML or ASCII text by using one of the conversion services offered by Adobe
  • Having difficulty with a PDF? In the event that you have trouble accessing an on-line fillable PDF or a very large PDF file found on this website, you can simply save a copy to your computer's hard drive or network. Position the cursor on the PDF link, click the right mouse button and choose “Save Target As...”. Once the PDF is saved, you should then be able to access it.
  • RTF (Rich Text Format) or DOC (Microsoft Word)
    Some files are available in Rich Text formats or Microsoft Word. To view these files you will need Microsoft Word Viewer.
  • PPT (Microsoft PowerPoint)
    Presentations are available in Microsoft PowerPoint format. To view these files you will need PowerPoint Presentation Viewer.
  • XLS (Microsoft Excel)
    To read a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel format, you will need the Microsoft Excel Viewer.

Media Players (to access audio, video and Flash files)

If you have problems accessing the multimedia applications, you may want to download and install a free copy of one of the following software:

For technical support, please contact your Internet provider.

Web Browsers

A Web browser is the software program you use to access the World Wide Web. Browsers come with a variety of helpful features. For the most up-to-date information about your browser and a complete tutorial, check your browser's Help menu or go to the Web site of the company that made it.

How to adjust the text size in your browser

This site is designed to be viewable at any resolution. All text can be made larger or smaller to suit your needs. This may cause some wrapping of lines at higher magnifications. Most graphical browsers allow you some control over the font size and colour combinations that are displayed. To increase the text size on our Web pages, you can change the settings in your Web browser. Just follow the instructions below, based on the browser you are using or see your browser's help for details. Please note that the resolution you have your screen set to could affect the outcome of increasing your text size .

Internet Explorer:

  • Select "View" in the menu bar
  • Select "Text Size" and increase the current setting
  • Notice that the text size has increased
  • To increase the type further, continue selecting the "Text Size" and increasing the latest setting

Netscape (FireFox, Mozilla, Safari):

  • Select "View" in the menu bar
  • Select "Increase Font"
  • Notice that the text size has increased
  • To increase the type further, continue selecting "Increase Font"