Health

  1. Today, Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, announced funding of nearly $200,000 for two research projects that will be led by researchers at Université de Sherbrooke. The projects will provide evidence to inform interventions to prevent serious harms related to alcohol use and support Canadians experiencing issues with alcohol use, which is the most commonly used substance in the country. While its consumption is legal and socially acceptable, alcohol use causes significant harm to the health and safety of Canadians and can aggravate societal problems such as homelessness.
  2. On behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, will announce funding that will help address complex public health challenges affecting children and youth in Canada, African, Caribbean, and Black communities, as well as Indigenous peoples.
  3. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, will make an important funding announcement to strengthen access to abortion.
  4. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement supporting mental health promotion across Canada.
  5. Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding for a project led by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
  6. May 2, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – On behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, will announce a new national research network that aims to improve health outcomes for Canadians living with heart failure. He will be joined by Patricia Lattanzio, Member of Parliament for Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel.
  7. April marks Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the tremendous strength and resilience of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease and to celebrate the contributions of researchers, health professionals, family members, friends, and advocates who are supporting efforts to find effective treatments and to improve the care of people living with this disease.
  8. Health Canada authorized a submission from Canadian Blood Services to eliminate the current three-month blanket donor deferral period for all sexually active men who have sex with men, and instead screen all donors, regardless of gender or sexuality, for high-risk sexual behaviours. Under the new screening approach, Canadian Blood Services will introduce a sexual behaviour-based donor-screening questionnaire that will apply to all donors of blood and plasma.
  9. April 22, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will announce the funding of a new national research platform focused on COVID-19 and its effects on children. The Minister will also visit the Research Centre of CHU Sainte-Justine. He will be joined by Rachel Bendayan, Member of Parliament for Outremont.
  10. Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in Canada. While its consumption is legal and socially acceptable, alcohol use can lead to significant health and safety harms.
  11. Today, the Government of Canada announces more than $379 million to Ontario to support Canadians living in Long-Term Care.
  12. These last two years have placed Canada’s health care system under enormous strain.
  13. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, concluded a successful trip to Washington, D.C. As the first Minister of Health to travel to Capitol Hill in over five years, he met with his U.S. counterpart and key stakeholders to discuss shared domestic and global health priorities, including the importance of equity in the response to COVID-19.
  14. The Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, met with Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership members and local housing providers to highlight Budget 2022 investments for making housing more affordable.
  15. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will participate in a roundtable discussion with Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) members and local housing providers to discuss initiatives in Budget 2022.
  16. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, visits La Maison Simons’ Campus to highlight Budget 2022 investments for a clean economy.
  17. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will participate in a tour of La Maison Simons’ Campus and hold a media availability to highlight Budget 2022 investments for Clean Air and a Strong Economy.
  18. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how much Canada relies on its scientists to respond to and recover from health emergencies. To strengthen our recovery and find made-in-Canada solutions to the next health and societal challenges, it’s critical that we invest in the next generation of Canada’s health researchers.
  19. As the pandemic has shown, Canada relies on its scientists to help us respond to and recover from health emergencies and uncover the scientific evidence we need to tackle other health challenges. That is why it is critical that we invest in the next generation of Canada’s health researchers.
  20. Government of Canada to make an announcement on health care (March 25, 2022)
  21. Countries around the world are grappling with the social, economic and health repercussions of COVID-19. The need for solutions that are equitable, resilient, and sustainable has resulted in an unprecedented research response.
  22. Patients and their families are best placed to know what is important and what is not when receiving health care services. That’s why patient-oriented research and care is so vital: through their lived experience, patients bring valuable firsthand perspectives to research that, in turn, help lead to new and better ways of delivering care that ultimately improve the health of all people in Canada.
  23. Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Units, or SPOR SUPPORT Units, are provincial and territorial-based centres that provide access to health data, apply knowledge generated through research to improve health care practices, provide training on conducting and using patient-oriented research, and engage patients as active partners throughout the entire research process.
  24. Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, will make a series of funding announcements regarding support for communities and organizations in the region.
  25. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding under the Substance Use and Addictions Program for a prevention and harm reduction project.
  26. The National Standards for Mental Health Services Initiative is a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The initiative supports research to inform the development of national standards for mental health and substance use services so Canadians can access the support they need when they need it.
  27. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will make an important announcement regarding mental health and substance use services for Canadians.
  28. Evidence shows that good nutrition and healthy eating promote the development of children and supports their performance in school. We also know that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the routines of children and families and affected their meal choices and eating patterns. How will this impact children’s development and how well they do in school? And what can be done to mitigate these impacts?
  29. Around the world women and girls have disproportionately suffered the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19. Before the pandemic, women were doing three times as much unpaid care and domestic work as men. Data from UN Women shows that women make up 70% of the health workforce worldwide and are therefore at the forefront of the COVID-19 response; in 11 countries where sex-disaggregated data is available women account for 71% of confirmed cases among health care workers. On many fronts, the limited gains made on gender equity over the last decades are at risk of being rolled back.
  30. Throughout its response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of Canada has worked hard to support the needs of all people in Canada. That being said, the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities in Canada who already experience inequitable access to health care.
  31. Since March 2020, the Government of Canada has invested in research to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This research has spanned everything from diagnostics and potential treatments to public health responses and communication strategies.
  32. Today, on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we recognize and celebrate the important work of women scientists and researchers across Canada.
  33. Every February, people in Canada are invited to take part in Black History Month to honour, celebrate, and learn about the contributions of Black Canadians and their communities.
  34. Laser Medical Canada of Laval, Quebec, fined $68,593 for offences under the Food and Drugs Act and Medical Devices Regulations
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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).
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. Amendments to the Canada Labour Code to provide ten days of paid sick leave
  43. 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.
  44. 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:
  45. 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.