The Weekly Roundup: Discover the Latest in Canadian Health, Research Advancements, and More

Published on
November 6, 2023
Written by
Delphic Research
Read time
3 min

In this week's edition of our weekly recap, Canada invests $15 million to establish the Pan-Canadian Genome Library, creating a centralized database for sharing genomic data. This initiative, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), prioritizes Indigenous control over genomic datasets.

Moreover, in collaboration with CIHR, the federal government takes significant steps to advance dementia research through the Dementia Research and Innovation Funders Alliance, a collaborative initiative strengthening dementia research in the country.

Additionally, CIHR and its partners are investing $26.6 million to promote integrated healthcare policies and practices, supporting 13 implementation science teams and a knowledge mobilization hub. These initiatives, led by Health Minister Mark Holland, aim to bridge the gap between research findings and practical health outcomes.

The federal government introduces a comprehensive strategy renewal in response to the evolving drug landscape and COVID-19 challenges. This renewal of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, originally developed in 2016, focuses on addressing inequalities, investing in community-based programs for at-risk populations, and strengthening substance controls to combat organized crime in the illegal drug market. Furthermore, the government allocates $21 million to 54 harm-reduction projects across the country, aiming to reduce harm, save lives, and provide essential information on drug safety.

In other news, the Public Health Agency of Canada reports a $150 million loss on an unfulfilled COVID-19 contract in the previous fiscal year, sparking calls for an emergency parliamentary committee meeting to investigate the potential misuse of taxpayer funds by the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois.

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