Health

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Health Canada and Canadian Border Service Agency announce new measures to help address the toxic illegal drug supply
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Audrey Gordon, Manitoba’s Minister of Health, joined by Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North, announced the signing of the Safe Long-Term Care Fund (SLTCF) agreement with Manitoba.
  14. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement supporting long-term care in Manitoba.
  15. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of improving accessibility and promoting inclusion for everyone in Canada, including youth. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced more than $2.8 million in funding from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund for projects by the Centre for Sexuality, and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).
  16. From this Fund, Health Canada is providing more than $2.8 million for two projects, led by the Centre for Sexuality, and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).
  17. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, joined by George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, announced the signing of the Safe Long-Term Care Fund (SLTCF) agreement with Alberta. Through this agreement, Alberta is receiving more than $115 million from the $1 billion investment made in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement (FES).
  18. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will announce funding to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services for youth, persons with disabilities and Indigenous peoples across Canada.
  19. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement supporting long-term care in Alberta.
  20. Dr. Leigh Chapman, new Chief Nursing Officer for Canada
  21. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, is pleased to announce Leigh Chapman as the new Chief Nursing Officer for Canada.
  22. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, will make an important announcement in support of nurses in Canada.
  23. Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to support communities in accessing critical mental health resources and services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  24. Today, on behalf of Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced $2 million in funding over 4 years to Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC) to improve access to palliative care for persons who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
  25. Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will announce funding to improve access to palliative care for persons who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
  26. 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, are highlighting progress made to address the recommendations of the Expert Panel and to support the safe and consistent approach to MAID delivery across the country.
  27. Having access to quality dental care is an integral part of overall health and wellbeing. Canadians shouldn’t have to choose between dental care and basic needs like food or housing. In Budget 2022, the Government of Canada committed $5.3 billion over five years to provide dental care for the estimated 7 to 9 million Canadians who are unable to access proper dental care because of the cost.
  28. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, is announcing over $2.9 million in federal funding for 5 projects across Canada through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).
  29. To help support the response to the overdose crisis and address harms related to substance use and the toxic illegal drug supply, the Government of Canada has announced nearly $2.9 million in funding for 5 innovative community-led projects across Guelph region.
  30. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to support people who use substances in Guelph.
  31. Today, Health Canada announced new regulations for supplemented foods. The new regulations will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians, while providing people in Canada the information they need to make informed choices about these foods. The new rules will also allow industry to bring new and innovative products to consumers.
  32. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced nearly $40 million in federal funding for 73 projects across Canada through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).
  33. To help support the response to the overdose crisis and address harms related to substance use and the toxic illegal drug supply, the Government of Canada has announced nearly $40 million in funding for 73 innovative community-led projects across Canada.
  34. The honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to support people who use substances in Canada.
  35. The British Columbia (BC) Court of Appeal released its decision, upholding the ruling of the Supreme Court of BC in Cambie Surgeries Corporation et al. v. British Columbia (Attorney General) which dismissed the constitutional challenge to provisions of BC’s Medicare Protection Act.
  36. Today, Health Canada authorized the use of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine in children 6 months to 5 years of age. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in this age group and marks a milestone in Canada’s response to COVID-19.
  37. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, announced $1.1 million in funding through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta.
  38. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to support people who use substances in Edmonton.
  39. Read Health Canada's backgrounder on front-of-package labelling
  40. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced new nutrition labelling regulations for packaged foods.
  41. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will make a nutrition related announcement.
  42. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced the signing of the Safe Long-Term Care Fund (SLTCF) agreement with Nunavut.
  43. The Government of Canada firmly believes that everyone should have access to safe and consistent reproductive health services. To do so, we are committed to removing barriers to access that continue to exist from coast to coast to coast.
  44. The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement supporting sexual and reproductive health services for LGBTQ2 communities across Canada.
  45. The Government of Canada takes pesticide safety very seriously, and it is working to ensure that the pesticide review process meets the expectations of Canadians in the areas of safety, transparency and sustainability. Today, Health Canada, officially named the eight members of the recently formed Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products (SAC-PCP).
  46. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and Member of Parliament for Bourassa, Emmanuel Dubourg, will make an important funding announcement supporting long-term care in Quebec.
  47. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable John Main, Nunavut’s Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement supporting long-term care in Nunavut.
  48. Government of Canada Invests More than $221 Million to Support Canadians Living in Long-Term Care in Quebec
  49. Today’s national data release on opioid-related deaths and harms is a stark reminder that the overdose crisis, and the increasingly toxic drug supply, continue to devastate families and communities across Canada.
  50. Budget 2021 committed $45 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to improve access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care support, information and services for people in Canada who face the greatest barriers to access.