Health

  1. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, tabled the results of the second legislative review of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) in Parliament. This review will help to monitor the progress made in reducing tobacco use and its harms throughout the country.
  2. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced Health Canada is publishing proposed amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCPR) in Canada Gazette, Part I.
  3. Today, the Honourable Ya'ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, launched a national call for proposals to develop a collaboration centre to strengthen Integrated Youth Services (IYS) across Canada.
  4. National Blood Donor Week and World Blood Donor Day on June 14, is an important time to raise awareness about blood, plasma and blood products donation and recognize the donors who help save lives with their contributions.
  5. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, launched an Expression of Interest process for the second stream of funding under the Oral Health Access Fund (OHAF).
  6. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, introduced Bill C-72 the Connected Care for Canadians Act.
  7. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will make an announcement regarding An Act respecting the interoperability of health information technology and to prohibit data blocking by health information technology vendors.
  8. Minister Holland and Minister Guilbeault reflect on the actions we can take to improve air quality and protect our health, especially during wildfire season.
  9. Today marks World No Tobacco Day, a day to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use.
  10. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, alongside the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, reiterated the Government of Canada’s commitment to make essential and preventive medications more accessible and more affordable.
  11. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, joined by the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, will host an event in Scarborough to highlight the government’s investments in a National Pharmacare Plan.
  12. Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable and Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health for Alberta announced a bilateral agreement to invest $627 million over the next five years to help Albertans age with dignity. This funding builds on the over $1 billion bilateral agreement that was announced with the province in December of 2023, as part of the Government’s Working Together to Improve Health Care for Canadians plan.
  13. The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health for Alberta, will make an important announcement on seniors’ health care.
  14. The Government of Canada is marking new milestones toward making oral health care more accessible and affordable in Canada. This week two million Canadian seniors will have been approved to receive coverage under the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) and will be able to access the dental care they need.
  15. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will make an announcement about the Canadian Dental Care Plan.
  16. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Health and Community Services, announced a bilateral agreement to invest $78 million over the next five years to help residents of Newfoundland and Labrador age with dignity.
  17. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Health and Community Services will make an important health care announcement.
  18. Today, Minister Saks has refused the request, as proposed from Toronto Public Health, to decriminalize personal possession of controlled drugs and substances for people in Toronto. She has determined that it does not adequately protect public health and maintain public safety.
  19. Today, Minister Steven MacKinnon on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced $450,000 in funding for Table Éducation Outaouais to support the mental health of elementary school students in Québec’s Outaouais region.
  20. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, is announcing that Health Canada’s updated screening criteria for sperm and ova donors have come into force, integrating the latest scientific evidence and input from consultations with subject-matter experts in donor screening, industry, patient associations, and 2SLGBTQIA+ groups.
  21. Health Canada is granting BC’s request to prohibit possession of controlled substances in public spaces, including public transit. Exemptions will continue to apply in private residences, healthcare clinics as designated by the province of BC, places where people are lawfully sheltering, and overdose prevention and drug checking sites.
  22. Backgrounder on personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs in British Columbia
  23. Today, Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced $2.38 million in funding over four years to Lakehead University for their project: Improving Access and Facilitating Systems Change for Palliative Care Among Underserved Populations.
  24. This week marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada and this year’s theme highlights the importance of providing compassionate care to anyone facing a serious illness, regardless of age, stage of illness, or which treatments they receive.
  25. Today, to kick off National Nursing Week, we recognize and celebrate all nurses who dedicate their professional lives to providing high-quality care for us and our loved ones. This year’s theme “Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.” highlights that while you help to save and change lives everyday, you are also helping to shape the future of our health system.
  26. Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Week, reminding us that our mental health is just as important as our physical health and there are things we can do every day to take care of our mental wellbeing.
  27. Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will hold a news conference to announce funding to improve palliative care.
  28. Minister of Health, Mark Holland, recognizes May as Food Allergy and Celiac Awareness month
  29. Today is National Physicians’ Day, a day to celebrate Canada’s doctors and health professionals who dedicate their life to supporting the health and well-being of our communities.
  30. Starting today, the first one million seniors who successfully applied to the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) and have a May coverage start date in their welcome package, can now receive the dental care they need. Also as of today, potentially eligible people aged 65 and above can now apply to the CDCP online, a new user-friendly tool designed to help Canadians easily apply.
  31. Today, the Honourable David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced up to $1 million in funding over three years to Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice for their project to enhance access to pediatric palliative care across Canada.
  32. Statement from the Minister of Health and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health – National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
  33. The Honourable David J. McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will hold a news conference to announce funding to improve palliative care.
  34. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will host an event in Oshawa to highlight Budget 2024’s investments in Canada’s electric vehicle supply chain and the future of Canada’s automotive industry.
  35. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, was at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg to highlight Budget 2024’s investments in research funding.
  36. The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, will host an event at the University of Manitoba to highlight the federal budget’s investments to boost funding for research in Canada.
  37. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will host an event at the University of Waterloo to highlight the federal budget’s investments to support students.
  38. Today, the Government of Canada announced a number of actions to enable oral health providers to participate in the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), with the goal of making it easier for them to participate as they choose, and to support patient access to providers in all regions of the country. This means that oral health professionals who choose not to participate fully in the Canadian Dental Care Plan will still be able to treat and submit claims for reimbursement for services provided to CDCP clients as of July.
  39. April is Oral Health Month in Canada, an opportunity to highlight the essential role oral health plays in our overall health and well-being.
  40. Today is World Health Day, an opportunity for people to raise awareness about health issues and to step up efforts to strengthen public health in Canada and worldwide. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1950.
  41. This week marks National Dental Hygienist Week™, sponsored by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.
  42. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health and the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor will make an announcement about housing.
  43. Each year on March 30th, we recognize World Bipolar Day. This is a day for everyone to learn more about bipolar disorder, and how we can better understand and support the people in our lives affected by this illness.
  44. Today, the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced a new appointment to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) Board of Directors.
  45. The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health and the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, will make an announcement about child care.
  46. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, announced the signing of two bilateral agreements to invest more than $3.7 billion in federal funding to improve health care in Quebec. These agreements represent the first funding under the government's commitment to invest $6.7 billion in Quebec over a ten-year period.
  47. Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Cardigan , on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland , Minister of Health, alongside the Honourable Mark McLane, Minister of Health and Wellness for PEI , announced a bilateral agreement to invest more than $29 million over the next five years to help people living in Prince Edward Island (PEI) age with dignity, closer to home, through improved access to home and community care and long-term care (LTC).
  48. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, the Honourable Bruce Fitch, New Brunswick’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Sherry Wilson, New Brunswick’s Minister responsible for Addictions and Mental Health Services, and the Honourable Kathy Bockus, New Brunswick’s Minister responsible for Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Jill Green, New Brunswick’s Minister of Social Development, announced two bilateral agreements to invest a total amount of more than $430 million to improve health care access and services in New Brunswick.
  49. The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health along with the Honourable Mark McLane, Minister of Health and Wellness for Prince Edward Island, will make an announcement to help Islanders age with dignity.
  50. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Bruce Fitch, New Brunswick’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Sherry Wilson, New Brunswick’s Minister responsible for Addictions and Mental Health Services and the Honourable Kathy Bockus, New Brunswick’s Minister responsible for Seniors, will make an important health care announcement.