Health

  1. Laser Medical Canada of Laval, Quebec, fined $68,593 for offences under the Food and Drugs Act and Medical Devices Regulations
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of maintaining a strong public health system to protect the health of Canadians. The Public Health Agency of Canada and its counterparts in provinces, territories, and municipalities across the country play an essential role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases, promoting healthy environments, and leading efforts to gather and analyze data to guide decisions and develop programs. The public health system also provides reliable information to help people make choices and adopt behaviours that will support their health and well-being.
  3. In her 2021 Annual Report, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam outlined her vision to transform public health in Canada. To help achieve this vision and revitalize public systems across the country, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are collaborating to support research initiatives that respond to priorities identified in the CPHO’s report, which were partly informed by a broad national dialogue convened by the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health.
  4. Canada’s health research community responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic from the time the first cases were identified in late 2019. Over the past two years, researchers across the country have rallied together to create new scientific knowledge and provide critical evidence to guide Canada’s response to the pandemic and keep Canadians safe. As the pandemic evolves, they continue to work on issues facing Canadians and their work is and will continue to help with our recovery from this pandemic. The Government of Canada has supported the research response to the pandemic with investments of nearly $280 million through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  5. The Government of Canada has created the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness, within the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), to protect the health of all Canadians by developing and mobilizing health research for pandemic and health emergency preparedness, prevention, response and recovery. The Research Centre will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other key Canadian and international stakeholders to identify priorities, coordinate activities, and make targeted research investments.
  6. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the lives of families in Canada. Children have been impacted by many changes to their routines, environments, and activities, including online schooling, food insecurity, increased poverty, missed routine vaccinations and healthcare appointments, less access to mental health supports, and lack of access to trusted adults and caregivers, such as teachers and grandparents. Parents and families have been impacted by shifts to remote work, job losses, caregiving for family members, lockdowns and restrictions on sports and social activities. To fully support the recovery of families, we need more information on the impact of the pandemic on them, and we need to identify programs that have proven effective in supporting the needs of children, youth, and parents.
  7. Since March 2020, CIHR has invested nearly $300 million in research to support the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This research spans everything from diagnostics and potential treatments to public health responses and communication strategies.
  8. On November 26, 2021, the Government of Canada introduced amendments to the Criminal Code to enhance protections for health care workers and ensure everyone has safe and unobstructed access to health care.
  9. Amendments to the Canada Labour Code to provide ten days of paid sick leave
  10. November is Diabetes Awareness Month—a time to reflect on a disease that affects millions of Canadians and to recognize the scientific advances that have been made in the prevention and to treatment of diabetes in Canada, beginning with the discovery of insulin in 1921.
  11. The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, made the following statement today further to the release of new occupational health guidance from Health Canada that eases COVID-19 restrictions in federal workplaces:
  12. A new policy requiring vaccination was announced by the Government of Canada on October 6, 2021 and applies to approximately 268,000 federal public servants in the Core Public Administration (CPA) including members and reservists of the RCMP.