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 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.
Today, the Government of Canada announced the final amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations. The most significant reforms to the regulations since their introduction in 1987, these amendments will give the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) the tools to protect Canadians from excessive prices and make patented medicines more affordable.
Health Canada is providing the University of Calgary’s Department of Family Medicine with approximately $713,000 in funding over three years to develop a telehealth model to deliver opioid agonist therapy in remote areas of Alberta, and in primary care settings serving Indigenous populations.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, toured Sudbury’s KICX for Kids Club House treatment facility at Health Sciences North Hospital and provided pediatricians, parents and children’s health advocates with an update on Health Canada’s activities to support better access to pediatric treatments.