Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare

The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare (the Council) was announced in Budget 2018. The Council is leading a national dialogue on how to implement affordable national pharmacare for Canadians and their families, employers and governments.

Dr. Eric Hoskins has been appointed as Chair of the Council and the members of the Council are Dr. Nadine Caron, Mr. Vincent Dumez, Ms. Mia Homsy (Vice-Chair), Ms. Camille Orridge, Ms. Diana Whalen and Mr. John Wright.

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Advisory Council mandate

To develop its advice on national pharmacare implementation, the Council will:

  • conduct an economic and social assessment of domestic and international models
  • work closely with provincial, territorial and Indigenous leaders
  • consult with Canadians, as well as experts and stakeholders from relevant fields

The Council reports to the federal Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance. The Council's final report will be delivered in the spring of 2019 and will include options and recommendations as to what measures the federal government should take.

A discussion paper was developed to help frame the Council’s work. The paper provides an overview of Canada’s current system of drug coverage and its challenges. It also identifies some key questions to help guide the Council’s dialogue with Canadians.

In March 2019, the Council provided an interim report to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance on the progress of their work.


Current status: The public consultation is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

The Council invited Canadians to share their ideas and views about national pharmacare by:

  • visiting the Council’s online consultation platform  
  • sending a written submission via email or mail
  • completing an online questionnaire

The input gathered will help inform the Council’s advice to the Government on how to best implement national pharmacare.


Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare Secretariat
Brooke Claxton Building
70 Colombine Driveway
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9


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