Health

  1. Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Two-Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary People in Canada
  2. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about lung cancer and the actions we can take to help prevent it and reduce the stigma associated with this disease. Every year, close to 30,000 Canadians are diagnosed with lung cancer. Not only is it the most commonly diagnosed cancer, it is also the leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Thankfully, there are things we can do to lower our risk of developing chronic diseases like lung cancer.
  3. The Government of Canada firmly believes that everyone should have access to safe and consistent sexual and reproductive health services. To do so, we are committed to reducing barriers to access that continue to exist from coast to coast to coast.
  4. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced the members of the Expert Panel on the legislative review of the Cannabis Act.
  5. Today, during National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced over $15 million in federal funding for 24 projects across Canada through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).
  6. To help support people living with an addiction or who use substances, as well as respond to the overdose crisis and address harms related to substance use and the toxic illegal drug supply, the Government of Canada has announced over $15 million in funding for 24 innovative community-led projects across Canada.
  7. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Medical Officer of Health will hold a media availability related to pediatric vaccination.
  8. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will make an important announcement in support of people living with an addiction or who use substances across Canada on National Addictions Awareness Week.
  9. This week is National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), a chance for Canadians to learn more about addiction, talk openly about prevention, treatment and recovery, and reduce the stigma surrounding substance use.
  10. Government of Canada Invests Close to $270 Million to Support Home and Community Care, Mental Health and Addictions Services in Quebec.
  11. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement to improve the quality and accessibility of home and community care as well as mental health and addictions services in Quebec.
  12. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an opportunity for people to come together as a community to grieve and remember loved ones. A day when we find connection, healing, and hope through the shared experience of having lost someone we loved. Suicide is a significant public health issue and, on this day in particular, we extend our condolences to those for whom every single day is affected by their loss.
  13. More than ever before, digital technologies are integral to improving the health and well-being of Canadians. Digital health is key to improving access to health care information, including allowing Canadians to easily access their own electronic health records.
  14. Government of Canada to detail next steps regarding two targeted cost of living support measures for those who need it most.
  15. Government of Canada officials will hold a news conference on the shortage of infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  16. Through its Climate Change and Health Adaptation Capacity Building Program (HealthADAPT), the Government of Canada has taken action to support the health sector to prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of climate change.
  17. Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists longer than 3 months. One in five Canadians, or nearly 8 million people, live with chronic pain. When not effectively managed, pain can have significant negative impacts on many aspects of an individual’s life and on the lives of those around them.
  18. We share the concerns of parents and caregivers about their inability to find infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These products are essential for families, caregivers, and health care professionals to reduce fever and pain. Today, we are announcing that we have secured foreign supply of children’s acetaminophen that will be available for sale at retail and in community pharmacies in the coming weeks.
  19. As Veterans’ Week draws to a close, we reflect on the dedication, strength and courage of our Veterans, military, and public safety personnel, who risk their lives and sacrifice so much to keep Canadians safe.
  20. The first in-person meeting of health ministers is now over and unfortunately we have to admit that we did not make all the progress we had hoped for.
  21. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, issued a statement after the Federal, Provincial, Territorial (FPT) Health Ministers’ Meeting.
  22. Our health workers are experiencing significant strain and facing common challenges across the country. All levels of government owe it to them and to Canadians to come together and find immediate and longer-term solutions to address these challenges. The needs of health workers must be reflected in the discussions of health ministers here in Vancouver.
  23. This week is National Pain Awareness Week (NPAW) in Canada, an opportunity to learn about chronic pain, the programs and services that are available, and the steps we can take to better support those living with it.
  24. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced funding for the expansion of the Pain Canada Network by the Pain BC Society (Pain BC) as well as enhance supports for people living with chronic pain both in British Columbia and across Canada.
  25. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to better understand, prevent and manage chronic pain.
  26. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal Minister of Health and the Honourable Adrian Dix, British Columbia Minister of Health will co-chair the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Health Minsters’ Meeting on November 7 and 8, 2022, in Vancouver, British-Columbia.
  27. On November 3, 2022, Health Canada authorized an adapted version of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine (known as a “bivalent” vaccine) targets the original SARS-CoV-2 virus from 2019 and the Omicron (BA.4/BA.5) subvariants, and is authorized for use as a booster dose in adults 18 years of age or older.
  28. This November during Radon Action Month, the Government of Canada is raising awareness of an often-overlooked risk to Canadians’ health. Now is the time to take action on radon to protect your and your family’s health. Test the radon level in your home, and if it’s high, reduce it.
  29. Today, the Government held the first meeting of a Coalition for Action for Health Workers. This group’s advice will inform immediate and longer-term solutions to address significant health workforce challenges, so that all Canadians can access the quality care they need and deserve
  30. The Coalition for Action will inform immediate and longer-term solutions to address significant health workforce challenges. The Coalition’s initial priorities will include providing advice on workers’ retention so health workers continue to stay in their jobs; increasing the supply of health professionals in the country; improving health workforce data; and opportunities to scale new models of care to address key barriers.
  31. Today, we are taking another step towards establishing our Canadian Dental Care Program. We are issuing an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) to create a list of qualified vendors who could deliver a long-term, Canada-wide dental care program with the scope and scale that would be needed to serve all eligible Canadians.
  32. This Canadian Intensive Care Week, we would like to thank and recognize intensive care teams across the country for everything they do to help Canadians in critical moments.
  33. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, issued a statement to mark the inaugural meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for mental health and substance use.
  34. On this day in 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force, putting in place a new, strictly regulated framework for controlling the sale, possession, production and distribution of legalized and regulated cannabis for non-medical purposes.
  35. Today is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity to work with our international partners to promote positive mental health worldwide.
  36. Today, Health Canada authorized a second bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster. This is an updated version of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine, targeting the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, and is authorized for use as a booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older.
  37. We share the concerns of many parents and caregivers about their inability to find pediatric/infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen products, and we understand the worries associated with this. Since the start of the shortage, we have been working to take actions to ensure that parents and caregivers have what they need to take care of children.
  38. Government of Canada to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccines in Canada (October 7, 2022)
  39. Today’s national data release on opioid- and stimulant- related harms paints a tragic and serious picture of how the overdose crisis, and the increasingly toxic illegal drug supply, continues to devastate families and communities across Canada.
  40. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month is observed every September to raise awareness about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, highlight prevention and support efforts, and encourage individuals to learn more about FASD and its impacts.
  41. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced the launch of the legislative review of the Cannabis Act.
  42. As a way to promote awareness, the month of September marks several Cancer Awareness months and days, including for blood cancers, prostate and ovarian cancers, as well as childhood cancers.
  43. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced three appointments and one reappointment to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council.
  44. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will be announcing the next steps on the review or Canada’s cannabis legislation.
  45. Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity to reiterate our commitment for mental health support and suicide prevention. Suicide is a public health issue that tragically affects people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and which continues to be the second leading cause of death among young people in Canada. Every day, approximately 12 people in Canada die by suicide. Their deaths leave behind family members and loved ones grappling with unfathomable grief and loss.
  46. Health Canada authorized a submission from Héma-Québec to implement a more inclusive approach to blood donor screening. The approach eliminates the current three-month blanket donor deferral period for all men who have sex with men, and instead screens all donors, regardless of gender or sexuality, for high-risk sexual behaviour.
  47. Health Canada and Canadian Border Service Agency announce new measures to help address the toxic illegal drug supply
  48. Today, Health Canada authorized an adapted version of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine (known as a “bivalent” vaccine) targets the original SARS-CoV-2 virus from 2019 and the Omicron (BA.1) variant, and is authorized for use as a booster dose in individuals 18 years of age or older.
  49. Today is International Overdose Awareness Day - a day to remember those we have lost to substance use harms and to reflect on the damaging effects stigma has on those who use substances. It is also an opportunity to reinforce our efforts to save lives and address the many drivers of this crisis.
  50. Today, the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, concluded a five-day visit to the United States. During this visit, she heard from government, public health and law enforcement officials, as well as community organizations addressing substance use in Oregon, Washington and Colorado about their jurisdiction’s experiences and responses to substance use harms.