Today, as Canada marks National Pain Awareness Week, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the release of the Canadian Pain Task Force’s second report. The Minister also confirmed nearly $3.5 million in funding for three projects that will help provide support and access to care for people living with chronic pain.
Nearly $3.5 million in funding for three chronic pain projects is being provided to improve the health outcomes of people who are seeking care to prevent or manage pain, substance use, or a related disability. Funding is provided through the Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), which supports evidence-informed and innovative initiatives across a range of interventions—health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment—targeting a broad range of legal and illegal substances.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government, announced that the COVID Alert app has been updated to send notifications based on a more precise timeline. With this update, users who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have entered a one-time key from their respective public health authority will now have the option to enter the date of their symptom onset or their testing date. This will provide a better estimation of the period when they may have been most infectious to others.
Today, the Honourable, Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, highlighted federal funding of $1.4 million over 10 months for a safer supply project for people at risk of overdose during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ottawa.
The Honourable Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier and Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, will highlight Government of Canada funding to support a safer supply project in Ottawa.