Government of Canada Releases Pan-Canadian Framework on Antimicrobial Resistance
“Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global health threat that cannot be overlooked. Our Government is committed to taking action to mitigate the impact of antimicrobial resistance on Canadians. We are enhancing surveillance; promoting good infection prevention and control practices; promoting the responsible use of antimicrobials; and supporting research and innovation for new prevention and treatment products.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
“The prudent use of antimicrobials is an important issue involving not only human health, but the health of animals, food safety, environment and the economy. Agriculture must play an important role in containing the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Our government continues to work closely with its partners to improve practices relating to antimicrobial resistance.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
The leading cause of increased AMR is the overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics for preventing or treating infections in people and animals. Examples include:
- giving antibiotics to people and animals when they are not needed;
- taking antibiotics in ways other than how they are prescribed; and
- self-medicating or antibiotic sharing.
On May 17, 2017, Health Canada announced several changes to the Food and Drug Regulations to better protect Canadians against the risk of AMR. These new measures strengthen rules to control access to veterinary antimicrobial drugs in an effort to promote their prudent use in food-producing animals.
On May 24, 2017, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research announced $1.39 million in funding to support five research teams whose work will advance innovations in point-of-care diagnostics, with the goal of implementing the best diagnostic tools in health care settings and the right use of antibiotics.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) encourages the increased adoption of animal health practices that ultimately reduce the use of antimicrobials in animal production. In addition, AAFC continues to support research to improve animal production practices, disease prevention and treatment and the development of vaccines. This research will help contribute to reducing the requirements for antimicrobials in the animal production industry.
Office of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
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Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Public Health Agency of Canada
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