Conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease

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Learn about the purpose of the conference, planning activities leading up to it and next steps. 

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About the conference

On May 15 to 17, 2016, Canada held a conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease. This conference was mandated by the Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act.

The conference's aim was to develop a framework that will help prevent and reduce Lyme disease-related health risks to Canadians. It focused on:

  • medical surveillance for tracking:
    • incidence rates
    • associated economic costs
  • guidelines and best practices regarding:
    • treatment
    • prevention
    • identification
    • management
  • standardized educational materials:
    • to increase national awareness
    • for use by Canadian public health providers

The Public Health Agency of Canada opened the conference on behalf of the Minister of Health. Participants included:

  • provincial and territorial health ministers
  • stakeholders, including representatives of:
    • patient groups
    • the medical community

Planning activities

A number of planning activities took place to help with the development of the framework and to support the conference.

Online consultation

A 30-day online consultation was launched on June 1, 2015. Its purpose was to collect feedback from Canadians who expressed an interest in contributing to the framework.

A summary report from the consultation is available online.

Best Brains Exchange workshop

In late June 2015, a Best Brains Exchange 1-day workshop was held. Workshop participants included:

  • clinicians
  • academics
  • researchers
  • policy makers

These experts reviewed the effectiveness of current Lyme disease testing to identify needed changes. The Best Brains Exchange report is available online.

Planning committee

A planning committee was formed to organize the conference with help from the:

  • Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada

Members include:

  • Gregory W. Taylor
    Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Daniel Gregson
    Past-President, Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada
  • Jim Wilson
    President and Founder, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • George Chaconas
    Canada Research Chair, Molecular Biology of Lyme Borreliosis
  • Gwen Barlee
    National Policy Director, Spokesperson for the Wilderness Committee
  • Marguerite Glazer
    Association Québécoise de la maladie de Lyme
  • Vett Lloyd
    Professor of Biology, Mount Allison University
  • Ralph Hawkins
    Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Richard Rusk
    Central Medical Officer of Health Services, Communicable Disease Control, Manitoba Health
  • Marc Ouellette
    Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Joel Kettner
    Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Gerald Evans
    Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University

Conference overview and agenda

The conference took place on May 15 to 17, 2016, at the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa (111 Sussex Drive). The conference was open to the public. For those that were unable to attend in person, online viewing was available.

The agenda and conference summary report are available online.

You can also listen to the conference audio recordings. If you would like to obtain a copy of the speaker presentations, please contact the 
If you would like to obtain a copy of the presentations, please contact the conference secretariat.


This conference was accredited by the:

  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Accreditation allows for professional credits to be earned for attending. If you’re a health care professional who attended the conference and didn’t receive a form, contact the conference secretariat.

Credits for family physicians

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It has been accredited by Queen's University for up to 10 MAINPRO-M1 credits.

Credits for specialists

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1). This is defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It’s approved by Queen's University. You may claim a maximum of 10 hours.

Credits for health care providers

This is an accredited learning activity which provides up to 10 hours of continuing education for health care providers.

Next Steps

Consultation on the draft federal framework on Lyme disease is now closed. All input received is being carefully reviewed and will be considered in the development of the final Framework, which will be published in May 2017.

The audio recordings will be posted online as soon as they become available.

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