Health

  1. Working together to improve health care for Canadians.
  2. Officials from the Government of Canada will hold a technical briefing on health system funding.
  3. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced the appointment of the new Chairperson to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.
  4. Every senior in Canada deserves to live in dignity, safety, comfort and respect, regardless of where they live. The Government of Canada is committed to meeting the needs of seniors, including helping to ensure they can access the safe, quality health care they need and deserve.
  5. The Government of Canada and British Columbia announce coming into effect of the province's exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  6. On October 28, 2022, Public Services and Procurement Canada issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) which invited suppliers with expertise in the field of dental and health claims processing, to express their interest in becoming a qualified supplier. As a result of the ITQ, we can now announce that three suppliers have been qualified to participate in the next phase of the procurement process. Express Scripts Canada, Medavie Inc. and Sun Life Financial Inc. will be providing feedback and recommendations on what could be needed if a third-party service provider were to deliver a program of this scale.
  7. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, will provide joint remarks on the implementation of B.C.’s exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, coming into effect on January 31, 2023.
  8. Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual awareness campaign that strives to shine a light on mental health in Canada. This year’s theme is “Let’s change this”, which underscores the ways in which we can all fight the stigma surrounding mental illness, shift attitudes, and encourage meaningful action to create positive change.
  9. Today, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $265,732 to support the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg. The funds will go to support a Mobile Outreach Vaccination Clinic, which aims to increase confidence and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.
  10. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Health and Wellness for Prince Edward Island (PEI), highlighted further progress made under the Improving Affordable Access to Prescriptions Drugs Program to make it easier for Islanders to access and afford medications.
  11. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Health and Wellness for Prince Edward Island, will announce additions to the Improving Affordable Access to Prescriptions Drugs initiative.
  12. National Non-Smoking Week is a great opportunity to think about making a quit plan and to learn more about the tools and supports that can help you live a smoke-free life.
  13. On December 1, the Government of Canada began accepting applications for the new, interim Canada Dental Benefit. We are pleased to announce that yesterday, the Canada Dental Benefit reached an important milestone: we have now helped approximately 100,000 children get care for their growing teeth.
  14. Today, Health Canada published the results of the 2022 Canadian Cannabis Survey. Health Canada has conducted the Canadian Cannabis Survey every year since 2017.
  15. Today’s national data release on opioid- and stimulant-related harms shows that the overdose crisis and increasingly toxic illegal drug supply continue to take a devastating toll on individuals, families, and communities across Canada. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones to this crisis.
  16. No Canadian should have to choose between paying for prescription drugs and putting food on the table. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Health and Wellness for Prince Edward Island (PEI) announced that as of December 28, 2022, 38 new medications are being added to the PEI formulary, including two important medications, Zejula® (niraparib tosylate) and Lynparza® (olaparib), for treating ovarian cancer.
  17. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, tabled the results of the first legislative review of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) in Parliament.
  18. Health Canada announced that amendments to the Cannabis Act and its regulations concerning cannabis research and testing, and cannabis beverages have been approved and are now in force.
  19. Health Canada announced that amendments to the Cannabis Act and its regulations concerning cannabis research and testing, and cannabis beverages have been approved and are now in force.
  20. On December 9, 2022 (TBC), Health Canada authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty bivalent booster that targets the original COVID-19 strain and the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants for use in children 5 to 11 years of age.
  21. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, was at Centre dentaire Montcalm in Quebec City to discuss the new, temporary Canada Dental Benefit, which opened for applications last week.
  22. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, will participate in a tour of a dental clinic and hold a media availability to highlight how the Canada Dental Benefit will provide young Canadians with more equitable access to oral health care.
  23. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced nearly $10 million in federal funding for 16 projects across Canada through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).
  24. To help support Indigenous communities respond to the overdose crisis and address harms related to substance use, the Government of Canada has announced nearly $10 million in funding for 16 innovative community-led projects across Canada.
  25. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to support Indigenous communities across Canada in preventing substance-related harms.
  26. The Government of Canada firmly believes that everyone should have access to safe and consistent sexual and reproductive health services. To do so, we are committed to reducing barriers to access that continue to exist from coast to coast to coast.
  27. Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Two-Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary People in Canada
  28. 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. Every year, close to 30,000 Canadians are diagnosed with lung cancer. Not only is it the most commonly diagnosed cancer, it is also the leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Thankfully, there are things we can do to lower our risk of developing chronic diseases like lung cancer.
  29. 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 members of the Expert Panel on the legislative review of the Cannabis Act.
  30. Today, during National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced over $15 million in federal funding for 24 projects across Canada through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).
  31. To help support people living with an addiction or who use substances, as well as respond to the overdose crisis and address harms related to substance use and the toxic illegal drug supply, the Government of Canada has announced over $15 million in funding for 24 innovative community-led projects across Canada.
  32. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Medical Officer of Health will hold a media availability related to pediatric vaccination.
  33. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will make an important announcement in support of people living with an addiction or who use substances across Canada on National Addictions Awareness Week.
  34. This week is National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), a chance for Canadians to learn more about addiction, talk openly about prevention, treatment and recovery, and reduce the stigma surrounding substance use.
  35. Government of Canada Invests Close to $270 Million to Support Home and Community Care, Mental Health and Addictions Services in Quebec.
  36. 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 make an important funding announcement to improve the quality and accessibility of home and community care as well as mental health and addictions services in Quebec.
  37. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an opportunity for people to come together as a community to grieve and remember loved ones. A day when we find connection, healing, and hope through the shared experience of having lost someone we loved. Suicide is a significant public health issue and, on this day in particular, we extend our condolences to those for whom every single day is affected by their loss.
  38. More than ever before, digital technologies are integral to improving the health and well-being of Canadians. Digital health is key to improving access to health care information, including allowing Canadians to easily access their own electronic health records.
  39. Government of Canada to detail next steps regarding two targeted cost of living support measures for those who need it most.
  40. Government of Canada officials will hold a news conference on the shortage of infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  41. Through its Climate Change and Health Adaptation Capacity Building Program (HealthADAPT), the Government of Canada has taken action to support the health sector to prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of climate change.
  42. Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists longer than 3 months. One in five Canadians, or nearly 8 million people, live with chronic pain. When not effectively managed, pain can have significant negative impacts on many aspects of an individual’s life and on the lives of those around them.
  43. We share the concerns of parents and caregivers about their inability to find infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These products are essential for families, caregivers, and health care professionals to reduce fever and pain. Today, we are announcing that we have secured foreign supply of children’s acetaminophen that will be available for sale at retail and in community pharmacies in the coming weeks.
  44. As Veterans’ Week draws to a close, we reflect on the dedication, strength and courage of our Veterans, military, and public safety personnel, who risk their lives and sacrifice so much to keep Canadians safe.
  45. The first in-person meeting of health ministers is now over and unfortunately we have to admit that we did not make all the progress we had hoped for.
  46. 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, issued a statement after the Federal, Provincial, Territorial (FPT) Health Ministers’ Meeting.
  47. Our health workers are experiencing significant strain and facing common challenges across the country. All levels of government owe it to them and to Canadians to come together and find immediate and longer-term solutions to address these challenges. The needs of health workers must be reflected in the discussions of health ministers here in Vancouver.
  48. This week is National Pain Awareness Week (NPAW) in Canada, an opportunity to learn about chronic pain, the programs and services that are available, and the steps we can take to better support those living with it.
  49. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced funding for the expansion of the Pain Canada Network by the Pain BC Society (Pain BC) as well as enhance supports for people living with chronic pain both in British Columbia and across Canada.
  50. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will announce funding to better understand, prevent and manage chronic pain.