Health

  1. Canadians deserve better access to health care services and affordable medicines, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. However, the health system in Canada has been facing significant challenges, such as overwhelmed emergency rooms, lack of access to a family doctor, and health care workers under enormous strain. The Government of Canada knows concerted and collaborative efforts by federal, provincial, and territorial governments are needed to continue to address these challenges.
  2. Today, Yasir Naqvi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, visited the Medical Council of Canada to highlight more than $47 million in federal funding for innovative projects to help support Canada’s health workforce.
  3. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced more than $47 million in federal funding for innovative projects to help support Canada’s health workforce.
  4. The Government of Canada announced more than $47 million federal funding for innovative projects to help support and retain members of the health workforce by improving research, planning and health workforce data.
  5. Yasir Naqvi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, will make an announcement to help support and retain members of Canada’s health workforce.
  6. The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Additions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will make an announcement to help support and retain members of Canada’s health workforce.
  7. The Government is taking action to make it easier for oral health providers, including dentists, dental hygienists, denturists or dental specialists, to treat patients and submit CDCP claims.
  8. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health will make a health care announcement about the implementation of a new process to help ensure that all oral health providers can provide care for eligible Canadians under the Canadian Dental Care Plan.
  9. Today, the Honourable Ya'ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, launched a national call for proposals to develop a collaboration centre to strengthen Integrated Youth Services (IYS) across Canada.
  10. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland joined the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor, to announce that eligible children under the age of 18 and adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate can now apply for the Canadian Dental Care Plan.
  11. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced two re-appointments to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council.
  12. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency will make an announcement about the Canadian Dental Care Plan.
  13. Canadians should have access to the health products they need, when they need them. Today, Health Canada published a plan called Building Resilience: Health Canada’s Plan to Address Health Product Shortages. This plan outlines proposed actions the Department will take over the next four years to help reduce, mitigate and better prevent shortages of health products and their associated harms.
  14. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, launched a public online consultation to help inform the development of the Youth Mental Health Fund.
  15. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, tabled the results of the second legislative review of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) in Parliament. This review will help to monitor the progress made in reducing tobacco use and its harms throughout the country.
  16. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced Health Canada is publishing proposed amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCPR) in Canada Gazette, Part I.
  17. National Blood Donor Week and World Blood Donor Day on June 14, is an important time to raise awareness about blood, plasma and blood products donation and recognize the donors who help save lives with their contributions.
  18. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, launched an Expression of Interest process for the second stream of funding under the Oral Health Access Fund (OHAF).
  19. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, introduced Bill C-72 the Connected Care for Canadians Act.
  20. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will make an announcement regarding An Act respecting the interoperability of health information technology and to prohibit data blocking by health information technology vendors.
  21. Minister Holland and Minister Guilbeault reflect on the actions we can take to improve air quality and protect our health, especially during wildfire season.
  22. Today marks World No Tobacco Day, a day to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use.
  23. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, alongside the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, reiterated the Government of Canada’s commitment to make essential and preventive medications more accessible and more affordable.
  24. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, joined by the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, will host an event in Scarborough to highlight the government’s investments in a National Pharmacare Plan.
  25. Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable and Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health for Alberta announced a bilateral agreement to invest $627 million over the next five years to help Albertans age with dignity. This funding builds on the over $1 billion bilateral agreement that was announced with the province in December of 2023, as part of the Government’s Working Together to Improve Health Care for Canadians plan.
  26. The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health for Alberta, will make an important announcement on seniors’ health care.
  27. The Government of Canada is marking new milestones toward making oral health care more accessible and affordable in Canada. This week two million Canadian seniors will have been approved to receive coverage under the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) and will be able to access the dental care they need.
  28. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will make an announcement about the Canadian Dental Care Plan.
  29. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Health and Community Services, announced a bilateral agreement to invest $78 million over the next five years to help residents of Newfoundland and Labrador age with dignity.
  30. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Health and Community Services will make an important health care announcement.
  31. Today, Minister Saks has refused the request, as proposed from Toronto Public Health, to decriminalize personal possession of controlled drugs and substances for people in Toronto. She has determined that it does not adequately protect public health and maintain public safety.
  32. Today, Minister Steven MacKinnon on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced $450,000 in funding for Table Éducation Outaouais to support the mental health of elementary school students in Québec’s Outaouais region.
  33. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, is announcing that Health Canada’s updated screening criteria for sperm and ova donors have come into force, integrating the latest scientific evidence and input from consultations with subject-matter experts in donor screening, industry, patient associations, and 2SLGBTQIA+ groups.
  34. Health Canada is granting BC’s request to prohibit possession of controlled substances in public spaces, including public transit. Exemptions will continue to apply in private residences, healthcare clinics as designated by the province of BC, places where people are lawfully sheltering, and overdose prevention and drug checking sites.
  35. Backgrounder on personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs in British Columbia
  36. Today, Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced $2.38 million in funding over four years to Lakehead University for their project: Improving Access and Facilitating Systems Change for Palliative Care Among Underserved Populations.
  37. This week marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada and this year’s theme highlights the importance of providing compassionate care to anyone facing a serious illness, regardless of age, stage of illness, or which treatments they receive.
  38. Today, to kick off National Nursing Week, we recognize and celebrate all nurses who dedicate their professional lives to providing high-quality care for us and our loved ones. This year’s theme “Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.” highlights that while you help to save and change lives everyday, you are also helping to shape the future of our health system.
  39. Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Week, reminding us that our mental health is just as important as our physical health and there are things we can do every day to take care of our mental wellbeing.
  40. Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will hold a news conference to announce funding to improve palliative care.
  41. Minister of Health, Mark Holland, recognizes May as Food Allergy and Celiac Awareness month
  42. Today is National Physicians’ Day, a day to celebrate Canada’s doctors and health professionals who dedicate their life to supporting the health and well-being of our communities.
  43. Starting today, the first one million seniors who successfully applied to the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) and have a May coverage start date in their welcome package, can now receive the dental care they need. Also as of today, potentially eligible people aged 65 and above can now apply to the CDCP online, a new user-friendly tool designed to help Canadians easily apply.
  44. Today, the Honourable David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced up to $1 million in funding over three years to Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice for their project to enhance access to pediatric palliative care across Canada.
  45. Statement from the Minister of Health and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health – National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
  46. The Honourable David J. McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will hold a news conference to announce funding to improve palliative care.
  47. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will host an event in Oshawa to highlight Budget 2024’s investments in Canada’s electric vehicle supply chain and the future of Canada’s automotive industry.
  48. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, was at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg to highlight Budget 2024’s investments in research funding.
  49. The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will host an event at the University of Manitoba to highlight the federal budget’s investments to boost funding for research in Canada.
  50. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will host an event at the University of Waterloo to highlight the federal budget’s investments to support students.