Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, tabled the 2018-2019 Canada Health Act Annual Report in Parliament. The report provides Canadians with an update on federal administration of the Act and a clear picture of how public health care insurance plans across the country operate.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today published its final report following an 11-day mission to review Canada’s emergency preparedness and response framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) was carried out at the request of the Canadian government, making Canada the first G7 country to request an EPREV mission and highlighting its commitment to protecting the health and safety of Canadians.
The Government of Canada is concerned by the rapid rise in youth vaping, and is taking action to address it. Working with other orders of governments, the medical community and other stakeholders, the government will do more to protect youth from the risks of vaping.
The Government of Canada has established a strong regulatory framework for vaping products, and continues to take concrete action to reduce and prevent uptake by youth and adults who do not smoke tobacco products. This framework provides information to Canadians on the risks of vaping, including general information on what vaping is.
The Government of Canada is concerned with the rapid increase in vaping among Canadian youth. To this end, Health Canada has invested more than $9 million over 3 years (2017-2020) to develop and implement a national public education campaign—Consider the Consequences of Vaping. Of this amount, since April 2019, we have invested more than $6.9 million to ramp up the campaign to dissuade youth from vaping.
Canadians want access to the latest treatments for themselves, their families and their friends— especially for cancers, rare diseases and conditions with limited treatment options. Between July and November 2019, Health Canada authorized 20 new drugs and medical devices to treat a range of health issues. Health Canada works every day to give Canadians timely, safe and secure access to drugs and medical devices.
The air we breathe has an impact on our health every day. In November, the Government of Canada observes Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Radon Action Month to remind Canadians that both lifestyle choices and environmental factors can affect the health of our lungs.