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2020 - October

In October 2020, the Task Force submitted their second report to Health Canada summarizing what they heard from an extensive series of in-person, written, and online consultations about the gaps and challenges, best and promising practices, and elements of an improved approach to preventing and managing chronic pain. Entitled Working Together to Better Understand, Prevent, and Manage Chronic Pain: What We Heard, the report reflects the evidence, ideas, experiences, and practices that we heard from the nearly two-thousand people who participated across Canada.

Additional analyses are available upon request, including those related to the online consultation, rapid reviews on guidance for managing mental health, substance use, and chronic pain and the prevention of chronic pain, and a technical report summarizing the analyses on the economic costs of chronic pain. For more information please contact the Task Force Secretariat at

2019 - June

In June 2019, the Task Force submitted their first report to Health Canada on the state of chronic pain - Chronic Pain in Canada: Laying a Foundation for Action. The report highlighted gaps in access to timely and appropriate multi-modal care, chronic pain surveillance and health system quality monitoring, education, training and awareness for individuals and health care providers, and research and related infrastructure.


The Task Force will meet approximately every two months over the three-year period up to December 2021. Meetings will be held either in-person or via teleconference.

2020 - Meetings of the Canadian Pain Task Force

2020 - Joint Meetings of the Canadian Pain Task Force and External Advisory Panel

2019 - Meetings of the Canadian Pain Task Force

2019 - Joint Meetings of the Canadian Pain Task Force and External Advisory Panel

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