List of Acts and Regulations

The Public Health Agency of Canada assists the Minister of Health in exercising or performing the Minister's powers, duties and functions in relation to public health.

Through the delivery of its legislative and regulatory programs, the Agency is seeking to comply with the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management which encompasses the commitments outlined in the Government of Canada's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan that responds to the recommendations of the Red Tape Reduction Commission. 

Here you will find information regarding Acts and Regulations associated with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Human Pathogens and Toxins Act
    The purpose of this Act is to establish a safety and security regime to protect the health and safety of the public against the risks posed by human pathogens and toxins.
  • Department of Health Act
    This Act sets out the powers, duties and functions of the Minister, which extend to all matters covering the promotion or preservation of the health of Canadians over which Parliament has jurisdiction.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada Act
    This Act establishes the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of assisting the Minister of Health in exercising or performing the Minister's powers, duties and functions in relation to public health. It also establishes the office of the Chief Public Health Officer and the office of the President, and the related powers, duties and functions.
  • Quarantine Act
    The purpose of this Act is to protect public health by taking comprehensive measures to prevent the introduction and spread of communicable diseases. The Act authorizes the Minister of Health to establish quarantine stations and quarantine facilities anywhere in Canada, and to designate various officers including quarantine officers, environmental health officers, and screening officers. The Act authorizes measures that can be taken in respect of international travellers, or other persons at an entry or departure point, who have or might have a communicable disease (one that poses a risk of significant harm to public health).  It also authorizes measures that can be taken in respect of conveyances arriving in or departing from Canada, and cargo on those conveyances, which could be the source of a communicable disease.

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To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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