The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament, on behalf of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Sheila Malcolmson, British Columbia’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, will announce federal funding for four safer drug supply projects to help people at risk of overdose in British Columbia.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the signature of a bilateral agreement with Yukon to expand capacity to provide virtual care to its residents. Through this bilateral agreement, Yukon will receive approximately $3.12 million in targeted federal funding in 2020-21 to support 1Health Yukon.
High-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD) can have significant health, social and economic consequences for individuals and communities. However, a lack of research, limited access to substance use specialists, and insufficient training resources mean that AUD can frequently go unrecognized or untreated in Canada.
The Government remains committed to a national, universal pharmacare program and will accelerate steps to achieve this system including through a rare-disease strategy to help Canadian families save money on high-cost drugs.
Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health meet regularly to discuss critical matters related to Canada's response to COVID-19. Today, they continued discussions on COVID-19 immunization.
Today, the COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel released their first report. The report, Priority Strategies to Optimize Testing and Screening for COVID-19 in Canada, provides evidence-based advice on science and policy for the latest techniques in COVID-19 testing and screening, including the use of rapid tests.
In November 2020, the Minister of Health established a COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel provides evidence-informed advice to the federal government on science and policy related to innovative and existing approaches to testing and screening. The Panel has a mandate to focus on key areas in order to help reduce the number of infections, protect Canada's most vulnerable populations, and limit the impact of the disease on the health care system and the economy.