Health

  1. 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.
  2. Vaccination is the most effective tool to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for Canadians and to protect broader public health.
  3. 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.
  4. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced $2 million in funding over the next five years to help improve the mental health and well-being of Indigenous children in Canada. This funding goes to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO), a pediatric research centre in Ottawa, to improve access to the Aaniish Naa Gegii: the Children’s Health and Well‐being Measure (ACHWM) app, a tool developed in partnership with the Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemkong Health Centre.
  5. Health Canada is aware that the Cord Blood Bank of Canada (CBBC) is making claims on its website that Health Canada’s recent site visit led to the company having no option but to remove cord blood units and related samples under its control from cryogenic storage. These claims are false and Health Canada wishes to set the record straight.
  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.
  10. Today, in an effort to better support Canadians in their use of these products, Health Canada announced proposed changes to the Natural Health Products Regulations to make NHP labels more clear, legible and easier to understand.