Health

  1. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Lesa Semmler, Minister of Health and Social Services of the Northwest Territories, announced two bilateral agreements to invest a total amount of more than $36 million to improve health care access and services in the Northwest Territories.
  2. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Lesa Semmler, Minister of Health and Social Services, Northwest Territories, will make an important health care announcement.
  3. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health of British Columbia announced a bilateral agreement to invest $733 million over the next five years to help British Columbians age with dignity, closer to home, through improved access to home and community care and long-term care (LTC).
  4. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for British Columbia, will make an important announcement on seniors’ health care.
  5. The Government of Canada will be transitioning away from Wellness Together Canada beginning on April 3, 2024. After this time, Canadians will be able to access information on mental health resources, supports and services, including those available in their home province or territory, at Canada.ca/mental-health.
  6. Today, the Government of Canada announced further details on the oral health care services that will be covered under the CDCP to prevent and treat oral health issues and disease.
  7. The Government of Canada tables legislation to delay MAID expansion by 3 years This news release deals with topics that may cause distress. If you or someone close to you needs support, resources are available at Canada.ca/mental-health.
  8. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced three new appointments as members to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council.
  9. Today marks the start of National Non-Smoking Week, a time to reflect on the benefits of a smoke-free life and support people to have the confidence and commitment and resources to quit smoking.
  10. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the health and safety of Canadians which includes continuing to assess emerging risks in our environment such as plastic pollution. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced funding of $2.1 million over four years to three academic institutions to increase research of microplastics and their potential impact on human health through the Environmental Health Research Contribution Program.
  11. On January 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the state of Florida's plan to import select Canadian prescription drugs in bulk. Since the statement issued by Health Canada last week, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, has spoken to senior U.S. officials to express Canada’s disappointment with the FDA decision and to advise that Canada will take all necessary measures to protect the Canadian drug supply.
  12. Today, Health Canada published the results of the 2023 Canadian Cannabis Survey (CCS). The data was collected from May 2 to July 20, 2023. This is the seventh cycle of the Canadian Cannabis Survey, which Health Canada has conducted every year since 2017.
  13. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, the Honourable Michelle Thompson, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health and Wellness and the Honourable Brian Comer, Minister of Addictions and Mental Health, announced a bilateral agreement of more than $355 million over the next three years, marking a crucial step in a 10-year plan for collaboration.
  14. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health will be in Halifax along with the Honourable Michelle Thompson, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness, and the Honourable Brian Comer, Nova Scotia’s Minister Responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health to make an important health care announcement.
  15. On January 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the state of Florida’s plan to import select Canadian prescription drugs in bulk. The Government of Canada is taking all necessary action to safeguard the drug supply and ensure Canadians have access to the prescription drugs they need and has been clear in its position: bulk importation will not provide an effective solution to the problem of high drug prices in the U.S.
  16. Whether facing the challenges of the unprecedented 2023 wildfire season, responding to emergencies as first responders, or risking their lives to save others, firefighters selflessly service Canadians from coast to coast to coast every single day, putting the health and safety of others before theirs.
  17. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Alberta Minister of Health, announced a bilateral agreement to invest $1.06 billion over the next three years, marking a crucial step in a 10-year plan for collaboration.
  18. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced four new appointments as members to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council.
  19. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health along with the Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health for Alberta, will make an important health care announcement.
  20. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Mark McLane, Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) Minister of Health and Wellness, announced a bilateral agreement to invest more than $94 million over the next three years, marking a crucial step in a 10-year plan for collaboration. This new funding by the Government of Canada will help accelerate efforts in PEI to improve health care access and services.
  21. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health along with the Honourable Mark McLane, Minister of Health and Wellness for Prince Edward Island, will make an important health care announcement.
  22. Today, as the next step in improving the pharmaceutical system in Canada, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced the creation of the Canadian Drug Agency (CDA).
  23. Today, the Government of Canada announced the details of the upcoming roll-out of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), a significant milestone for the health and well-being of people in Canada. Once fully implemented, the CDCP will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an annual family income of less than $90,000.
  24. The Government of Canada is committed to making life more affordable for Canadians. Budget 2023 outlined the Government of Canada’s plan to build a healthy future for Canadians from coast to coast to coast by investing $13 billion over five years, and $4.4 billion ongoing to implement the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). Once fully implemented, up to nine million Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000 who do not have dental insurance will have access to the CDCP.
  25. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, the Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens' Services, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, will hold a press conference to make an important announcement on oral health care.
  26. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced $3.5 million over 5 years to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) to develop a National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being to help improve health workforce retention. This plan will bring together a diverse group of partners to identify, develop and prioritize solutions to improve the well-being of Canada’s health workers as well as provide a roadmap to develop a health care system in which care is delivered with joy, compassion and meaning.
  27. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the health workforce and is working collaboratively with partners, including provinces and territories, to improve retention and recruitment and help internationally educated health professionals put their skills and experience to work in Canada more quickly.
  28. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will hold a news conference to announce supports to improve well-being of health workers and help internationally educated health professionals enter the workforce more quickly. Minister Holland will be joined by representatives of partner organizations.
  29. The federal government, provinces and territories, and health care system partners recognize the need for a network that will bring together health workforce data experts to learn from each other in order to build a stronger and healthier workforce, ultimately leading to better patient care. That is why the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, welcomed the establishment of Health Workforce Canada (HWC).
  30. At COP28, leaders from around the world have the opportunity to discuss the importance of adapting our health systems as our climate continues to change. This aligns with the Government of Canada's plan to address the health effects of climate change and our commitment to work with other nations to safeguard the well-being of everyone.
  31. This week is National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), a time for Canadians to learn more about addiction and how we can support people looking for help with substance use.
  32. Most people will experience grief, whether related to the death of someone close to them, the loss of their health and independence, or any other significant loss that is deeply felt.
  33. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about lung cancer and the actions we can take to help prevent it and reduce the stigma associated with this disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer for men and women in Canada. With nearly 30,000 Canadians diagnosed every year, it is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada.
  34. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced more than $700,000 in funding from the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Fund to support projects led by the Sexual Health Nova Scotia Society and the Association of New Canadians to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services for these communities across Atlantic Canada.
  35. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced more than $700,000 in funding from the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Fund to support projects led by the Sexual Health Nova Scotia Society and the Association of New Canadians to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services for these communities across Atlantic Canada.
  36. On National Nurse Practitioner Week, we recognize and celebrate the dedication of nurse practitioners (NPs) who provide essential care for us and our loved ones.
  37. More than ever before, digital technologies are becoming central to the health and well-being of Canadians. This Digital Health Week, we want to recognize how digital health is transforming the delivery of care and improving health outcomes across Canada.
  38. Everyone experiences pain from time to time, but for one in five Canadians pain is a part of their every day. This week is National Pain Awareness Week. It’s a time to raise awareness about chronic pain, the severe impact it can have on people’s lives, and the resources that are available to support those living with pain.
  39. This November marks the 10th anniversary of Radon Action Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of the health risks of radon and encouraging people in Canada to take action and test their home.
  40. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced the creation of the Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) for drugs for rare diseases.
  41. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced more than $21 million in federal funding for 55 projects through Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). With this funding, organizations will be able to increase access to much needed services for those who use drugs and help improve health outcomes for people who are at risk of experiencing substance-related harms.
  42. The renewed CDSS is an all-substances, public health and public safety strategy. The strategy is an iThe renewed CDSS is an all-substances, public health and public safety strategy. The strategy is an initiative in collaboration with over 15 federal government departments and agencies, with the goal to minimize substance-related harms for individuals, families, and communities.nitiative in collaboration with over 15 federal government departments and agencies, with the goal to minimize substance-related harms for individuals, families, and communities.
  43. 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 more than $21 million in funding for 55 community-led projects across Canada.
  44. The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding under the Substance Use and Addictions Program for several projects across Canada and release a renewed Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS).
  45. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced a new appointment to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB).
  46. This Canadian Intensive Care Week, we would like to celebrate and thank intensive care teams across the country for everything they do to help Canadians in our most critical moments.
  47. Today, Canada's Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for mental health and addiction concluded a successful meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Ministers held productive discussions on shared priorities, including the health workforce, health data, mental health and addiction, and public health.
  48. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced a new appointment to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB). Following a merit-based selection process, Peter Moreland-Giraldeau has been appointed to the Board for a five-year term.
  49. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan) on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health of British Columbia, and the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions of British Columbia, announced a bilateral agreement of more than $1.2 billion over the next three years, marking a crucial step in a 10-year plan for collaboration.
  50. Each and every day, Canadians across the country continue to struggle with their mental health. World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to lift up the voices of those with lived and living experience and raise awareness about the importance of caring for our mental health in Canada and abroad.