Message from the Minister of Health - Brain Awareness Week


March 11-17, 2019

As we mark Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, I encourage all Canadians to take steps to maintain and improve their brain health. An estimated 3.6 million Canadians live with a neurological condition. Regularly practicing healthy habits can have a big impact. For example, research has shown that eating well, getting daily exercise and participating in mind stimulating activities are crucial to preventing brain disease.

The Government of Canada is proud to support ground-breaking research in brain health. Since 2011, we have committed $120 million to match private investments in brain research through Brain Canada's Canada Brain Research Fund. To date, the Fund has awarded $180 million to over 950 researchers across Canada, who are working in key areas such as stroke, concussion, mental health and Alzheimer's disease. In addition, over the last few years, we have invested close to $26 million in research funding focused on traumatic brain injuries.

Building on work and best practices already underway, our Government is also developing a National Dementia Strategy to address the challenges faced by more than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and older living with diagnosed dementia, as well as their family or friend caregivers. We've also committed $42 million over five years, starting in 2015-16, to the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation for the development, testing and scaling-up of products and services to support brain health and aging, with a focus on dementia.

Investing in research and improving the quality of life of those living with a brain-related condition is a priority for our Government, and we are ensuring that those in need get the care they deserve.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

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