1. Under a new policy, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration (CPA), including members and reservists of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement for employees to be vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely, or on-site. Contracted personnel who require access to federal government worksites will also need to be vaccinated.
  2. Government of Canada officials will host an embargoed media technical briefing on COVID-19 and vaccines. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions and the technical briefing will be on a not-for-attribution basis. Information provided during the briefing will be under embargo until the Prime Minister makes an announcement at approximately 11 am.
  3. Diabetes is one of the top chronic diseases affecting Canadians. Over 3 million Canadians, or 8.8% of the population, have diagnosed diabetes and 6.1% of Canadian adults are at high risk of developing diabetes. The increasing prevalence of diabetes in Canada and the negative effects of COVID-19 on people with diabetes have underscored the importance of continuing to invest in diabetes research, treatment, and prevention.
  4. Vaccination is the most effective tool to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for Canadians and to protect broader public health.
  5. With Canada’s demographic landscape shifting as its older adult population continues to grow, long-term studies focusing on the health of older adults are not only important for this growing older population, they also provide the knowledge needed to ensure the health of future generations. This is why longitudinal studies—when the same cohort of people is followed over time with continuous or repeated monitoring of health outcomes— are so important. They track the trajectory of the health of a population as it ages, providing insights into how Canadians can live healthier and longer lives.
  6. Government of Canada to announce support for the first Safe Long-term Care Fund (SLTCF) agreement with Newfoundland and Labrador
  7. Government of Canada to announce funding to expand virtual health care services in New Brunswick
  8. Government of Canada investing in talented scholars through the Health System Impact Fellowship program
  9. From January 27 to March 26, 2021, Health Canada undertook public and stakeholder engagement to seek ideas and views on what a national strategy could look like. Canadians were invited to participate by completing an online questionnaire, sending a written submission by email or mail, or attending one of five virtual public town halls. Virtual meetings were also organized with stakeholders.