Public Health Agency

Statement from Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada - World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 18 to 24, 2022

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 24, 2022 /CNW/ - From November 18 to 24, 2022, we recognized the annual World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW).

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  • OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 24, 2022 /CNW/ - From November 18 to 24, 2022, we recognized the annual World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW).
  • This year's campaign called for cross-sectoral collaboration to preserve the efficacy of these important medications and to strengthen preventive measures addressing antimicrobial resistance(AMR).
  • AMR is already having a significant burden on human health, our health care system, and the economy.
  • In Canada, antimicrobial use in humans continues to decrease which is good news, however inappropriate prescribing is still common.

Minister Khera encourages Seniors and all Canadians to get the flu vaccine

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

It can have a particular effect on those at highest risk of complications, including seniors.

Key Points: 
  • It can have a particular effect on those at highest risk of complications, including seniors.
  • Today, the Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera visited the Bramalea Road Shoppers Drug Mart in Brampton, Ontario, to get her flu shot and spoke about the importance of getting the flu vaccine.
  • I strongly encourage everyone, especially seniors, young children and anyone with underlying health issues, to get their flu shot early, it's the best defence.
  • The flu vaccine can help prevent the flu and flu related complications, such as pneumonia.

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Address COVID-19 Challenges for Autistic Individuals in Quebec

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Projects will improve the capacity of communities to address challenges related to the pandemic faced by Autistic individuals, their families and caregivers.

Key Points: 
  • Projects will improve the capacity of communities to address challenges related to the pandemic faced by Autistic individuals, their families and caregivers.
  • MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - COVID-19 presented significant challenges to accessing resources for Autistic people and their families and caregivers.
  • In addition, due to the pandemic many people in Canada, including Autistic people, continue to experience increased stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • This program offers a unique and innovative way for Autistic individuals to break the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diabetes Awareness Month highlights the importance of regular eye care as vision loss prevention: Canadian Ophthalmological Society

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2022 /CNW/ - November marks Diabetes Awareness Month and to help educate Canadians, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) wants to remind Canadians of the various complications that are associated with diabetes, specifically diabetic retinopathy (DR), an eye disease that can lead to vision loss.

Key Points: 
  • TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2022 /CNW/ - November marks Diabetes Awareness Month and to help educate Canadians, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) wants to remind Canadians of the various complications that are associated with diabetes, specifically diabetic retinopathy (DR), an eye disease that can lead to vision loss.
  • The recent national survey conducted by the COS, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Optometrists, identified gaps in the vision health system to help guide future interventions and address eye health issues across the country.
  • The implementation of the national strategy for eye care would allow for more education and awareness of DR and other various eye diseases.
  • The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) is the national, recognized authority on eye and vision care in Canada.

New Canadian Cancer Statistics report reveals over 1.5 million people in Canada are living with or beyond cancer

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The report Canadian Cancer Statistics: A 2022 special report on cancer prevalence wasdeveloped by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee incollaboration with CCS,Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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  • The report Canadian Cancer Statistics: A 2022 special report on cancer prevalence wasdeveloped by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee incollaboration with CCS,Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Statistics Canada is proud to contribute to the Canadian Cancer Statistics report, which provides insight into the services and research required to better support the 1.5 million people living with cancer in Canada.
  • Canadian Cancer Statisticsis developed through a collaboration of the Canadian Cancer Society, Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.Cancer incidence and mortality data are from the Canadian Cancer Registry and the Canadian Vital Statistics Death databases, respectively, which are maintained at Statistics Canada.
  • We provide a compassionate support system for all those affected by cancer, across Canada and for all types of cancer.

Health Canada authorizes second bivalent COVID-19 booster targeting the Omicron BA.4/5 variants

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 3, 2022 /CNW/ - Today, Health Canada authorized an adapted version of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants.

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 3, 2022 /CNW/ - Today, Health Canada authorized an adapted version of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants.
  • After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the bivalent Moderna Spikevax booster is safe and effective.
  • Health Canada has placed terms and conditions on the authorization requiring Moderna to continue providing information to Health Canada on the safety and efficacy of the bivalent vaccine.
  • Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine in Canada and internationally, and will take action if any safety concerns are identified.

Dr. Dinah Mourise Announces a Joint Venture with Astra Fertility Group

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

In 2004, Dr. Essam Michael founded the entity, Astra Fertility Group, with the first location in Mississauga, Ontario.

Key Points: 
  • In 2004, Dr. Essam Michael founded the entity, Astra Fertility Group, with the first location in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Dr. Dinah Lilia Mansour Mourise is one of the most competent individuals in medicine, philanthropy, politics, and entrepreneurship.
  • Therefore, through this joint venture, Dr. Mansour aims to address fertility issues and help the Niagara community realize the basic right to start a family.
  • Now Dr. Mansour expands her focus to help countless people realize their dreams of starting a family and bringing new life into the world through the joint fertility clinic venture in collaboration with Astra Fertility Group.

Frontline healthcare workers to develop solutions for older adults, caregivers, and people living with dementia

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Up to $50,000 CAD per project over 12 months to develop, test, and/or scale their solution.

Key Points: 
  • Up to $50,000 CAD per project over 12 months to develop, test, and/or scale their solution.
  • The funding is being offered through CABHI's Spark Program, which supports the development of grassroots solutions to solve real-world healthcare challenges.
  • "By advancing these innovations, CABHI turns ideas into reality, helps develop the next generation of entrepreneurs, and ensures better health outcomes for older adults, people living with dementia, and their caregivers."
  • Established in 2015, it is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history.

Government of Canada announces additional funding for nine projects through the Immunization Partnership Fund

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an additional investment of $3,894,545for nine existing Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) projects to support their continued COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an additional investment of $3,894,545for nine existing Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) projects to support their continued COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
  • The organizations receiving additional funding have worked tirelessly and successfully to reduce access barriers and increase vaccine confidence and uptake in their communities.
  • Launched in 2016, the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) is a key element of the Public Health Agency of Canada's vaccination initiatives.
  • In 2020 and 2021, as part of Canada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the Government of Canada invested $45.5 million for projects to support COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake in Canada.

The Government of Canada and industry partners continue to make progress on reducing traveller wait times at Canada's airports

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Friday, October 7, 2022

From September 26 to October 2, 2022, over 91 percent of flights from the top four airports left on time, or within one hour of their scheduled departure.

Key Points: 
  • From September 26 to October 2, 2022, over 91 percent of flights from the top four airports left on time, or within one hour of their scheduled departure.
  • The number of arriving international flights being held on the tarmac at Toronto-Pearson International Airport has decreased dramatically since May.
  • Efforts to increase screening officer staff levels at all airports continue.
  • The Minister of Transport and Transport Canada continue to meet regularly with airports and airlines alongside CATSA, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and NAV CANADA to find solutions and address congestion.