Supplementary Information Tables: 2016–17 Departmental Results Report

Internal Audits and Evaluations

[Table A] Internal audits completed in 2016-17
Title of Internal Audit Internal Audit Type Completion Date
Audit of the Resolution Health Support Program Governance, Risk Management, Internal Controls April 2016
Audit of Physical Security Governance, Risk Management, Internal Controls August 2016
Audit of Regional Laboratory Activity Governance, Risk Management, Internal Controls August 2016
Audit of Information Technology Continuity Planning for Mission Critical Systems/Applications Governance, Risk Management, Internal Controls September 2016
Audit of Key Financial Controls Governance, Risk Management, Internal Controls January 2017
 
[Table B] Evaluations in progress or completed in 2016-17
Title of evaluation Status Deputy head approval date Link to department's programs
Evaluation of the Official Languages Health Contribution Program Completed March 2017 1.3 Official Language Minority Community Development
Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit Mental Wellness Programs Completed July 2016 3.1.1.2 Mental Wellness
Evaluation of Health Canada's Radiation Protection Activities Completed October 2016 2.6 Radiation Protection
Evaluation of the Contribution to Brain Canada Foundation's Canada Brain Research Fund Completed February 2017 1.1.1 Health Systems Priorities
Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit Environmental Health Program Completed November 2016 3.1.2.2 Environmental Public Health
Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit Health Planning and Quality Management Program Completed November 2016 3.3.1.1 Health Planning and Quality Management
Evaluation of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy Completed February 2017 2.5.1 Tobacco Control
Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit Supplementary Health Benefits (Non-Insured Health Benefits) In progress September 2017 3.2 Supplementary Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit
Evaluation of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health Completed March 2017 1.1.1 Health Systems Priorities
Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit Health Facilities Program Completed March 2017 3.3.1.3 Health Facilities
Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit e-Health Infostructure Program Completed March 2017 3.3.2.2 e-Health Infostructure
Evaluation of the British Columbia Tripartite Governance In progress September 2017 3.3.3 Tripartite Health Governance
Evaluation of the First Nation and Inuit Clinical and Client Care In progress March 2018 3.1.3.1 First Nations & Inuit Clinical and Client Care
Evaluation of the Cannabis for Medical Purposes Program In progress December 2017 2.5.2 Controlled Substances
Evaluation of the Contribution to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute In progress September 2017 1.1.1 Health System Priorities
Evaluation of the Canadian Blood Services Contribution Programs In progress December 2017 2.1.2 Biologics and Radiopharmaceuticals

Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

"Vaping: Towards a Regulatory Framework for E-Cigarettes" - Report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health tabled on June 15, 2016. The Government Response was tabled on September 27, 2016.

On June 15, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health tabled its first report in the House of Commons entitled Vaping: Towards a Regulatory Framework for E-Cigarettes. The Committee made 14 recommendations calling for a new federal legislative framework for vaping products.

The Government Response agreed with the recommendations and the Government introduced legislation in the fall of 2016 that included measures to protect youth from inducement to nicotine addiction and tobacco use while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products for smoking cessation or as a likely less-harmful alternative to tobacco; and protect Canadians from dangers to health and safety.

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"Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians" - Report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health tabled on June 15, 2016. The Government Response was tabled on October 6, 2016.

On June 15, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health tabled its second report in the House of Commons entitled Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians. The Committee made 12 recommendations grouped thematically into three areas: the need for further research and exploration into possible linkages between radiofrequency (RF) exposure and cancer; the need for a greater understanding and management of electro-hypersensitivity (EHS); and, the need to protect our most vulnerable while enhancing stakeholder engagement and information sharing.

The Government Response agreed that while the exposure limits in Safety Code 6 are safe, more research into the Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation exposure and adverse health effects is important. The response highlighted existing activities that support the Committee's recommendations, clarifies and comments on the scientific basis behind exposure limits in Safety Code 6 and make commitments to improve communications, stakeholder engagement, and information sharing.

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"Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities" - Report by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled on November 15, 2016. The Government Response was tabled on April 12, 2017.

On November 15, 2016, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled its sixth report in the Senate entitled Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities. The Committee called on the Government to immediately establish a Canadian Partnership to Address Dementia with a mandate to create and implement a National Dementia Strategy and made 29 recommendations under the categories of research, public awareness, surveillance, diagnosis and follow-up, support for informal caregivers, home care services, integration and coordination of services, housing, rural and remote communities, First Nations communities, training of health professionals, and best practices.

The Government Response acknowledged the Committee's efforts and demonstrated the Government's continued commitment to addressing dementia through federal investments in dementia research, innovation, data systems, and public awareness.

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"Opioid Crisis in Canada" - Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health tabled on December 12, 2016. The Government Response was tabled on April 11, 2017.

On December 12, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health tabled its sixth report in the House of Commons entitled Report and Recommendations on the Opioid Crisis in Canada. The Committee made 38 recommendations covering many of the most important dimensions of the opioid crisis in Canada, including prescribing practices, harm reduction, physician education, treatment options, First Nations health services, data and surveillance, and law enforcement. The report's recommendations are organized under themes that roughly mirror the pillars of the new Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, Enforcement).

The Government Response acknowledged the Committee's efforts and outlined measures under the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy and Opioid Action Plan and federal leadership provided under the multi-stakeholder Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis.

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Response to audits conducted by the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Report 3 - Chemicals in Consumer Products and Cosmetics

Objective: to determine the extent to which Health Canada's post-market oversight activities were working as designed to protect the public by addressing or preventing dangers to human health or safety posed by chemicals of concern in household consumer products and cosmetics.

Response to audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

There were no audits in 2016-17 requiring a Health Canada response.

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