Health

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Read Health Canada's backgrounder on front-of-package labelling
  15. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced new nutrition labelling regulations for packaged foods.
  16. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will make a nutrition related announcement.
  17. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced the signing of the Safe Long-Term Care Fund (SLTCF) agreement with Nunavut.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Government of Canada Invests More than $221 Million to Support Canadians Living in Long-Term Care in Quebec
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we honour the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. This day is also an opportunity to recognize the historic leadership and contributions of Indigenous Peoples across the country.
  27. On June 17, 2022, Health Canada will pre-publish proposed Vaping Products Reporting Regulations in the Canada Gazette Part I (CGI) for a 45 day consultation, which will end on August 2. The proposed regulations would require vaping product manufacturers and importers to provide Health Canada with information on sales and ingredients.
  28. Following a thorough review of COVID Alert, the Government of Canada has decommissioned the application effective today, June 17, 2022. The exposure notification service is disabled and users can delete the app from their devices.
  29. This week is National Blood Donor Week and today, we mark World Blood Donor Day. This day serves to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation in Canada and thank donors who selflessly help others with their lifesaving contributions.
  30. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister for Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced the launch of a 75-day public consultation period beginning on June 11 to seek feedback from people in Canada that will inform the development of new proposed tobacco labelling regulations.
  31. On June 11 2022, Health Canada will publish the proposed Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) and proposed Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act in the Canada Gazette Part I (CGI) for a 75-day consultation period.
  32. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health will announce proposed measures to strengthen regulations for tobacco products.
  33. This week is Canadian Environmental Week and today, we recognize Canada’s Clean Air Day.
  34. The federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health and BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions are announcing the granting of a time-limited exemption for three years under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) so that adults in the province of British Columbia will not be subject to criminal charges for personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs. This exemption only applies to adults 18 years of age and older in B.C.
  35. The federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health is announcing the granting of a time-limited exemption for three years under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) so that adults in the province of British Columbia will not be subject to criminal charges for personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs. This exemption only applies to adults 18 years of age and older in B.C.
  36. To help support the response to the overdose crisis and address harms related to substance use and the toxic illegal drug supply, over the last two years, the Government of Canada has dedicated over $182 million to Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), and recently proposed another $100 million through Budget 2022. Just over $11.6 million in funding has been granted to 14 innovative community-led projects in British Columbia.
  37. Today, the Government of Canada recognizes World No Tobacco Day. This annual event organized by the World Health Organization aims to raise awareness about the harms of tobacco, as well as the benefits of quitting smoking.
  38. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Sheila Malcolmson, British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, will make a joint announcement.
  39. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, concluded a successful trip to Europe where he attended the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting and the 75th World Health Assembly. Canada is committed to working with its international partners to collaborate on shared health priorities and tackle global public health threats during a time of multiple crises.
  40. Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $248,542 through the new Intersectoral Action Fund (ISAF).
  41. Speech for the Honourable Jean Yves Duclos, Minister of Health Canada - World Health Assembly
  42. Today, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, arrives in Berlin for the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting where the G7 partners will work jointly on global health issues. Minister Duclos will then travel to Geneva from May 22-24 for the 75th World Health Assembly. He will deliver Canada’s plenary statement highlighting our continued commitment to international and multilateral engagement to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
  43. Following a Health Canada investigation, Alain Laflamme, the sole director of National Agricultural Corporation, doing business as Adult Source (a chain of adult stores in Calgary, Alberta) pleaded guilty to charges under the Food and Drugs Act related to the sale of unauthorized male sexual enhancement drugs. On April 28, 2022, National Agricultural Corporation received a $30,000 fine and a 12-month probation order prohibiting the sale, importation, packaging, manufacturing and distribution of any health products, including drugs, natural health products and medical devices.
  44. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, with the support of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, tabled the final report of the Expert Panel on MAID and Mental Illness (Expert Panel) in Parliament. This was a requirement of the MAID legislation that came into force on March 17, 2021.
  45. The Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying and Mental Illness Final Report was tabled in Parliament on May 13, 2022. As required by former Bill C-7, the most recent legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), the Ministers of Health and Justice established the Expert Panel to undertake an independent review of the recommended protocols, guidance and safeguards that apply to requests made for MAID by people who have a mental illness.
  46. Today the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, and the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced more than $3.5 million in funding for projects by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) and by the National Abortion Federation Canada (NAF Canada), coming out of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund. These projects will improve access by removing barriers to vital abortion services and offer accurate reproductive health information to Canadians.
  47. 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―including abortion services—for people in Canada who face the greatest barriers to access. Health Canada’s SRH Fund was created to support a wide range of evidence-informed and innovative projects for underserved people in Canada who are at increased risk for poorer SRH outcomes, such as LGBTQ2 individuals, Indigenous and racialized people, women and youth.
  48. 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.
  49. May 9-15 marks National Nursing Week, and this year’s theme “We Answer the Call” recognizes the courage and commitment nurses show every day, and especially over the past two years. During this week, we recognize the vital contributions that generations of nurses have made to our health care system.
  50. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally impacted the mental health of young people. Given the separation from friends and family and the impact of lockdowns on everything from school to recreation to job security, its no surprise that in the past two years, so many young people have reported an increase in stress, worry, sadness, or loneliness.