Federal 2021: COVID-19 & Healthcare

Federal 2021: COVID-19 & Healthcare

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The 2021 federal election is upon us and platforms are dropping left, right, and centre. Rather than throw absolutely everything at you, we here at iCanParty will present platform items based upon overall themes. Where are these themes coming from? In the early weeks of the campaign, Angus Reid polled Canadians to find out what they felt were the most important things to them in the election campaign. Using this, we can examine party platforms plank by plank based upon the themes that Canadians find most important. In the end, voters will have to settle on a local candidate and a party at large to cast their vote. In the meantime, however, you can use our system to select which items are most important to you, personally, and build your own wish list of policy!

The theme presented here is that of COVID-19 and Healthcare. This is something of a hybrid topic, as they are typically presented separately in polls about issues. In the Angus Reid poll mentioned above, 69% of respondents rated improving access to healthcare at least a 6 on their 7-point Likert scale; 56% indicated that the COVID-19 response was a top issue for them. Some background context on this item: We’ve all been living in the pandemic since March of 2020 and it seems unlikely that the reason for its importance in the election needs to be outlined heavily. Access to healthcare is a slightly different matter; federal health transfer payments are a big issue in many areas, especially Quebec, and the balance of growing private options into the guaranteed public option is a contentious issue. A shortage of doctors and nurses in many parts of the country, especially in the wake of the pandemic, is also affecting citizen access to public healthcare. Party platform planks related to this topic are listed below; links to the full party platforms can be found at the bottom.

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  • Require that travellers on interprovincial trains, commercial flights, cruise ships, and other federally regulated vessels be vaccinated

  • Ensure vaccination across the federal public service. As the country’s largest employer, this will protect the health and safety of the federal public servants and their communities, across Canada

  • Keep working with employers in Crown corporations and federally regulated workplaces to ensure vaccination is prioritized for workers in these sectors.

  • Launch a $1 billion COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Fund to support provinces and territories who implement a requirement for proof of vaccine credentials in their jurisdiction for non-essential businesses and public spaces.

  • Table legislation to ensure that every business and organization that decides to require a proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.

  • Procure enough vaccines to ensure all Canadians have access to free COVID-19 booster shots and second-generation vaccines as needed.

  • Invest $100 million to study the long-term health impacts of COVID-19, including the effects of “longCOVID” on different groups, including vulnerable populations and children.

  • Immediately invest $6 billion—on top of $4 billion already committed—to support the elimination of health system waitlists.

  • Negotiate agreements with every province and territory to ensure that Canadians who are waiting for care get the treatment they need as quickly as possible

  • Provide $3.2 billion to the provinces and territories for the hiring of 7,500 new family doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

  • Provide $400 million over 4 years to build on the growing demand for virtual care that arose during the pandemic

  • Expand the number of family doctors and primary health teams in rural communities, by increasing by 50% (from $40,000 up to $60,000 over 5 years), the maximum debt relief that family doctors, residents in family medicine, nurse practitioners, or nurses are eligible for the under Canada Student Loans forgiveness program.

  • Expand the list of professionals eligible for forgiveness to include dentists, pharmacists, dental hygienists, midwives, social workers, psychologists, teachers, and early childhood educators so that rural communities have greater access to the full suite of health and social service providers they need.

  • Offer health care professionals, who are just starting out in their careers, a one-time income tax deduction of up to $15,000 over their first 3 years of practice to help with the costs of setting up a practice

  • Undertake a review to ensure that communities that are indeed rural are fully eligible under the program.

  • Strengthen federal powers under the Canada Health Act and the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act to deduct health transfers from provinces who enable extra billing for publicly insured services, in order to protect the integrity of our universal public health care system

  • Establish regulations under the Canada Health Act governing accessibility for sexual and reproductive health services so there is no question, that no matter where someone lives, that they have access to publicly available sexual and reproductive health services. Failure on the part of a province to meet this standard would result in an automatic penalty applied against federal health transfers.

  • Provide up to $10 million to Health Canada to develop an easily accessible portal that provides accurate, judgement-free, and evidence-based information on sexual and reproductive health and rights, which will include a section that counters misinformation about abortion

  • Provide up to $10 million over 3 years to youth-led grassroots organizations that respond to the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of young people

  • No longer provide charity status to anti-abortion organizations (for example, Crisis Pregnancy Centres) that provide dishonest counseling to women about their rights and about the options available to them at all stages of the pregnancy

  • Establish a new federal transfer to provinces and territories—the Canada Mental Health Transfer—to assist jurisdictions to expand the delivery of high-quality, accessible, and free mental health services.

  • Commit to permanent, ongoing funding for mental health services under the Canada Mental Health Transfer, with an initial investment of $4.5 billion over 5 years

  • Undertake a comprehensive review of access to the Disability Tax Credit, CPP-Disability and other federal benefits and programs to ensure they are available to people experiencing mental health challenges.

  • Include mental health as a specific element of occupational health and safety under the Canada Labour Code and require federally regulated employers to take preventative steps to address workplace stress and injury.

  • Fully fund a national, three-digit mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline

  • Work with partners to ensure timely access to perinatal mental health services.

  • Introduce a comprehensive strategy to address problematic substance use to end the opioids crisis

  • Invest $25 million for public education to reduce the stigma associated with problematic substance use.

  • Invest $500 million to support the provinces and territories in providing access to a full-range of evidence-based treatment, recognizing that successful treatment is not determined by long-term abstinence.

  • Support provinces and territories in creating standards for substance use treatment programs so that Canadians can access quality and evidence-based support when they need it most.

  • Support the many lower-risk and first-time offenders by reforming the Criminal Code to repeal relevant mandatory minimum penalties and requiring police and Crown prosecutors to consider diverting individuals out of the criminal justice system.

  • Improve the quality and availability of long-term care homes and beds.

  • Implement strict infection prevention and control measures, including through more provincial and territorial facility inspections for long-term care homes.

  • Develop a Safe Long-Term Care Act collaboratively to ensure that seniors are guaranteed the care they deserve, no matter where they live.

  • Raise wages for personal support workers, including a guaranteed minimum wage of at least $25 per hour.

  • Train up to 50,000 new personal support workers

  • Provide a $100 million top-up to the Safe Return to Class Fund for ventilation improvement projects across Canada, as well as $10 million for First Nations to improve indoor air quality in on-reserve schools.

  • Provide $100 million to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative with $70 million of this funding directed to a new pillar focused on increasing air quality and indoor ventilation.

  • Introduce a tax credit for small businesses to make it easier for them to invest in better ventilation.

  • Introduce amendments to the Canada Labour Code to provide 10 days of paid sick leave for all federally regulated workers so that no one has to choose between going to work sick or paying their bills.

  • Convene provinces and territories to develop a national action plan to legislate sick leave across the country, while respecting provincial-territorial jurisdiction and the unique needs of small business owners.

  • Work with our provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous partners, and stakeholders to develop a National School Food Policy and work towards a national school nutritious meal program with a $1 billion dollar investment over five years.

  • Introduce new restrictions on the commercial marketing of food and beverages to children and establish new front-of-package labelling to promote healthy food choices.


  • Prioritize the signing of contracts for booster shots to ensure that Canadians are protected as quickly as possible against new variants.

  • Accelerate homegrown development and production of vaccines by Canadian companies such as Providence Therapeutics, Sanofi, Medicago and others.

  • Support the provinces by rapidly making available to them whatever logistical resources they need to deliver vaccines and booster shots to Canadians as quickly as possible.

  • Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen new arrivals.

  • Accelerate Health Canada approvals for rapid tests approved by the UK, the US, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Taiwan

  • Make at-home rapid tests readily available to all Canadians.

  • Immediately provide more rapid tests to provincial governments to allow them to conduct screening, particularly at schools.

  • Develop a clear, evidence-based strategy for re-opening our border with clear timelines and metrics. We will restore urgency, rationality, and consistency to border regulations.

  • Quickly close the border to travellers from hotspots where new variants are detected.

  • Ramp up Canadian research and production capacity by making Canada one of the best jurisdictions globally for pharmaceutical research and development and the production of vaccines and medicines.

  • Overhaul Canada’s Pandemic Plan and preparedness to include domestic vaccine research, trials development and manufacturing capacity and readiness - with a focus on novel vaccine platforms, keeping and attracting the best minds in Canada, and ensuring secure access to supply during pandemic scenarios

  • Review Health Canada’s regulatory processes and the balance between Canada’s industrial, health, and economic relationships with the global biomanufacturing sector in light of Canada’s poor performance in accessing vaccines during COVID-19.

  • Partner with pharmaceutical companies to increase production of critical medicines and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Canada;

  • Work with the United States to strengthen the North American supply chain for pharmaceuticals to reduce our shared reliance on imports; and use procurements by government and those receiving government funding to enhance domestic production of PPE.

  • Reinstate the tariff on imported PPE

  • Overhaul Canada’s National Emergency Stockpile System to ensure supplies are there to rapidly respond to infectious disease, bioterrorism, and similar threats

  • Overhaul federal lab testing processes and the support PHAC provides for provinces and territories to markedly improve consistency and scaling of lab capabilities across Canada

  • Develop evidence-based contact tracing systems for our borders and support public health efforts

  • Develop a national system for sharing data across jurisdictions on pathogen transmission, immunity levels, and vaccination rates with transparent reporting requirements and coordination among jurisdictions.

  • Bolster our infectious disease and pandemic science infrastructure, research, and expertise, through the development of new and novel high containment laboratory capabilities, alongside the National Microbiology Laboratory, to rapidly identify the threat to Canadians of novel and emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism agents

  • Support and encourage the closure of poorly regulated wildlife markets globally that carry an elevated risk of becoming sources for future pandemics;

  • End the importation of and trade in wild or exotic animals and their products that carry an elevated risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.

  • Prohibiting the export of deadly viruses to jurisdictions that cannot be trusted.

  • Overhaul Canada’s public health intelligence-gathering systems, including restoring the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)

  • Establish a threat-level warning system that uses data points and sources from our overhauled public health intelligence-gathering systems to assign risk levels from a scale of 1-5 for Canadians when a new virus is detected.

  • Develop trusted mechanisms for communicating the real threat to Canadians of novel and emerging pathogens and rapidly changing information

  • Assign ultimate responsibility for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)to a qualified physician - public health expert with field and front line experience

  • Establish a set of actions corresponding to each level of risk in our new threat-level warning system, including but not limited to when border measures will be implemented, when travel should be restricted, and data-sharing requirements across jurisdictions.

  • Develop a data-driven system of benchmarks for removing bans, restrictions, and quarantines to provide certainty to businesses and their populations.

  • Ensure adequate enforcement of these actions is undertaken and that monitoring both internationally and domestically is consistent and ongoing.

  • Restore the dual leadership role of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, within the Public Health Agency of Canada, so that infectious disease science and expertise drives our domestic pandemic response and Canada once again is a global pandemic leader

  • Overhaul Canada’s Pandemic Plan and preparedness to include a focus on infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats rather than solely on “influenza,”

  • Maintain access security and stringent screening protocols for scientists granted access to the Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg

  • Strengthen Health Canada to ensure it can rapidly review crucial innovations like new tests, treatments, and vaccines.

  • Partner with the private sector

  • Work with the provinces to harmonize ICU training to ensure that ICU credentials are transferable among jurisdictions so that that capacity can be bolstered in emergencies.

  • Propose to the provinces that they partner with us by dedicating a significant portion of the stable, predictable health funding to mental health to ensure that an additional million Canadians can receive mental health treatment every year

  • Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years

  • Create a pilot program to provide $150 million over three years in grants to non-profits and charities delivering mental health and wellness programming

  • Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline.

  • Invest $325 million over the next three years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds and build 50 recovery community centres across the country

  • Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health challenges and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs developed and managed by Indigenous communities as part of a plan to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs

  • Partner with the provinces to ensure that Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

  • Reinstate the ten-day waiting period for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) to make sure somebody does not make this decision at their lowest point.

  • Restore the requirement for two fully independent witnesses to ensure that a vulnerable person is not being forced or coerced into MAID

  • Require that any discussion of MAID only occur if raised by the patient and prevent healthcare workers from suggesting it to someone who is not seeking it
  • Repealing the Bill C-7 provision allowing MAID for those with mental health challenges.

  • Protect the right of patients to choose to receive care in a MAID-free environment

  • Require healthcare practitioners approving MAID requests (MAID accessors) to examine and consult directly with the patient before approving the request

  • Require MAID assessors to complete MAID assessor training to ensure full awareness of and compliance with laws and best practices around MAID.


  • A national, universal, public pharmacare program

  • Develop a roadmap to incorporate universal dental care into Canada’s public health care system

  • Act immediately to prevent the sale of blood products

  • Make sure that people can access safe abortion services in all regions.

  • Work with the provinces and territories to tackle wait times and improve access to primary care across the country

  • Work with the provinces to develop public infrastructure for secure, accessible virtual healthcare

  • Identify coming gaps in health human resources and make a plan to recruit and retain the doctors, nurses and other health professionals Canadians need

  • Immediately take a leadership role in a federal vaccination strategy to ensure all Canadians can be vaccinated.

  • Provide stable, long-term funding for the Public Health Agency of Canada so they can protect public health and be ready with surge capacity in the event of a crisis

  • Establish a crown corporation charged with domestic vaccine production

  • Maintain an adequate and responsibly managed stockpile of personal protective equipment, with an emphasis on supporting domestic production.

  • Ensure that Chief Public Health Officer's independence is protected by law, and require the Chief Public Health Officer to report to parliament annually about recommendations to improve Canada’s public health emergency preparedness.

  • Reverse the withdrawl from the Global Public Health Intelligence Network, which provides surveillance and early warnings that are critical for managing international public health emergencies like pandemics

  • Regulate natural health products under stand-alone legislation.

  • End private, for-profit long-term care and bring long-term care homes under the public umbrella, beginning with the federally-owned long term care company Revera

  • Develop national care standards for home care and long-term care

  • Bring in mental health care for uninsured Canadians

  • Develop a national perinatal mental health strategy to support growing families before and after birth.

  • Declare a public health emergency and commit to working with all levels of government, health experts and Canadians to end the criminalization and stigma of drug addiction

  • Create a safe supply of medically regulated alternatives to toxic street drugs, support overdose prevention sites and expand access to treatment on demand for people struggling with addiction.

  • Launch an investigation into the role drug companies may have played in fueling the opioid crisis, and seek meaningful financial compensation from them for the public costs of this crisis.

  • Work towards a national school nutrition program that will give every child in Canada access to healthy food, and the food literacy skills to make healthy choices for life

  • Work to connect Canadians to farmers with initiatives like local food hubs, community supported agriculture, and networks to increase the amount of food that is sold, processed and consumed in local and regional markets

  • Work together with farmers and food producers to develop a National Food Policy

  • Put in place a food waste strategy to reduce the huge amounts of food that currently go to waste in Canada

  • Uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and strengthen the Accessibility Act to cover all federal agencies equally, with the power to make and enforce accessibility standards in a timely manner

  • Expand income security programs to ensure Canadians living with a disability have a guaranteed livable income

  • Extend EI sickness benefits to 50 weeks of coverage, and create a pilot project to allow workers with episodic disabilities to access benefits as they need them

  • Develop and implement a national Autism strategy that will coordinate support for research, ensure access to needs-based services, promote employment, and help expand housing options.



  • Increase health transfers, without condition, to cover 35% of health care costs

  • Support, through tax credits, home care.

  • Offer a detailed plan for the gradual reopening of reopening of the borders, as the variants continue to threaten and vaccination is not at the same rate across the globe.

  • Table a protocol for management of potential pandemic threats.

  • Propose that Canada take a leadership role with the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a concerted strategy for the recognition of vaccines, mixed vaccination and quarantine management, taking into account the development of the pandemic in the different countries and the appearance of variants

  • Propose a strategy for production of vaccines, including the establishment of the necessary conditions for the for the development of a world-class industry.

  • Demand that the federal government revise its strategy to lower the cost of these drugs, without compromising rapid access to these drugs for patients or the development of vaccine autonomy.

  • Extend Employment Insurance medical special benefits to 50 weeks



  • Expand the Canada Health Act by fully funding a universal pharmacare program

  • Create a bulk drug purchasing agency and reduce drug patent protection periods.

  • Establish a clear timeline for the implementation of universal pharmacare

  • Expand Medicare to include free dental care for low-income Canadians.

  • Bring Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act

  • Create enforceable National Standards for LTC.

  • Provide transformative investment for Seniors’ Care including infrastructure and staffing funding.

  • Require Emergency and Pandemic Preparedness for LTC, including providing proper and adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and testing for COVID-19 for staff, family caregivers, and residents.

  • Set a national standard of four hours of regulated care per day for each LTC resident.

  • Enforce National Standards of Care through accountability and penalties, including criminal prosecution.

  • Ensure safe family access to LTC facilities.

  • Provide all needed vaccinations to all residents, staff and caregivers for LTC (not only COVID-19, but also influenza, pneumonia, diphtheria, whooping cough, etc.).

  • Increase and stabilise staffing in LTC homes and improve training, fair pay for workers, benefits, and paid sick leave.

  • Invest in training and education to support ongoing professional development and specialization for LTC workers.

  • Prioritize senior care and long-term care skills for immigration status.

  • Provide a dedicated Seniors’ Care Transfer to provinces and territories for specific improvements to home, community and LTC separate from the federal health transfers.

  • Shift LTC policy towards aging in place by having the Seniors’ Care Transfer include transformative investment in home and community care

  • Increase the proportion of LTC investment in community and home-based care from 13% to 35% in order to match the OECD average.

  • End for-profit LTC facilities and reorient LTC towards community-based models

  • Make the Caregiver Tax Credit a refundable tax credit so that family caregivers have more flexibility

  • Change the Home Renovation Tax Credit from $10,000 per household to $10,000 per person for more people to age in place.

  • Declare the drug poisoning crisis a national public health emergency

  • Decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use

  • Create a national safe supply of drugs of choice

  • Invest in an integrated system of decriminalization and access to meaningful services for those persons who are seeking treatment

  • Increase funding to community-based organizations to test drugs and support those who use drugs.

  • Implement a national education and distribution program for Naloxone, so Naloxone kits are widely available to treat overdoses and every Canadian knows what it is and how to use it.

  • Create a legal and policy environment that funds and advances evidence-based programmes, in order to facilitate the development and scaling up of harm reduction services across all of Canada, including in rural communities and prisons.

  • Expand support for mental health services and addiction services for those who are seeking these services.

  • Provide automatic pardons to anyone convicted in the past of simple possession of cannabis and ensure that any records of such offences and circumstances are expunged from police records

  • Move to legally regulate currently illegal drugs based on the best available evidence regarding harms and benefits as a step towards treating problematic drug use as a health issue.

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, and call for the inclusion of mental health services as medically necessary.

  • Allocate increased direct federal investment in community-based mental health care.

  • Establish robust accountability mechanisms to ensure the delivery of mental health care on par with physical health

  • Increased support for Indigenous-led, culturally safe, mental health programs and services, rooted in Indigenous healing practices, land-based healing and the principle of self-determination.

  • Ensure all programming is guided by the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.

  • Establish permanent program funding for the delivery of land-based, trauma-informed, community addictions care for Indigenous peoples.

  • Increase targeted investment in the mental health workforce serving Indigenous communities.

  • Double the current budget of the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative

  • Take active steps to implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, specifically those related to mental health.

  • Incorporate the formal inclusion of traditional healing within mental wellness and home and community care programs.

  • Ensure this process is led by First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit organizations.

  • Provide specific funding for early mental health interventions, including social and emotional learning programs, quality and accessible early childhood education, access to community-based mental health services for parents and caregivers, youth peer support programs, mobile youth mental health clinics, etc.

  • Launch a targeted strategy aimed at ensuring timely access to mental health services for young people and children

  • Provide funding for prevention, treatment, and research related to youth mental health, to address the growing crisis of mental health issues among young people.

  • Call for a national study on the impact of phones and social media on mental health in adolescents.

  • Invest in community supportive housing,

  • Order a public inquiry into the pandemic response that evaluates the joint response between all levels of government with the purpose of examining what went well and what could have been done better.

  • Create an intergovernmental rapid response task force, which can be activated immediately when facing an emergency

  • Ensure that Canada has a robust capacity for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Ensure that Canada has a sufficient PPE stockpile by increasing domestic production.

  • Dedicate specific funding to strengthening the integration of public health with community-based primary care as the first access point of the health care system

  • Lessen Canada’s overall dependence on global supply chains for essential goods and services

  • Strengthen the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN) to flag potential public health concerns around the globe.

  • Prepare for future pandemics by investing in and restructuring our health care and long-term care systems.

  • Provide the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with long-term funding to protect public health and to be ready with surge capacity in the event of a crisis.

  • Invest in research and production of vaccines and therapeutics to improve Canada’s ability to domestically source vaccines and medical treatments.

  • Commit to being guided by the recommendations of the relevant scientists and experts in formulating emergency response strategies

  • Halt and reverse biodiversity loss and species extinction to help address underlying causes, as pandemics are likely to increase in frequency and severity if we do not address biodiversity decline.

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include Pharmacare for everyone

  • Create a bulk drug purchasing agency and reduce drug patent protection periods.

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include long-term care and enhanced mental health services.

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include free basic dental care for all Canadians.

  • Increase health transfers by basing them on demographics and real health care needs in each province, replacing the current formula based on GDP growth

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize mental health and rehabilitation services, access to safe abortion services and access to gender-affirming health services such as hormones, blockers, and surgery

  • Support family doctors and interprofessional teams to reduce wait times and enhance the accessibility of the care they provide to communities across Canada

  • Reorient Health Canada’s mandate towards mental health and addictions, health promotion and disease prevention, and the risks of climate change.

  • Encourage medical associations to train health-care professionals to understand and engage with climate change related health threats.

  • Legislate the right of Canadians to a healthy environment, promoting greater transparency in decision-making, public participation rights and access to judicial review mechanisms.

  • Set targets for reducing the use of pesticides in agriculture through programs to assist farmers in moving to organic and regenerative farming.

  • Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) to limit the approval and use of toxic chemicals that affect our health and environment.

  • Regulate microfibres as a toxic substance under CEPA

  • Invoke the precautionary principle in making decisions about approvals of products, substances, projects and processes where there is the potential for irreversible harm

  • Revive and expand the National Pesticides Monitoring and Surveillance Network

  • Create an adverse effects reporting database for doctors and emergency rooms to keep track of health impacts of pesticides and other chemicals.

  • Ban neonicotinoid pesticides, which kill bees and other pollinators, and support farmers in shifting to alternatives.

  • Ban all forestry and cosmetic uses of glyphosate-based herbicides as well as their use as a pre-harvest desiccant.

  • Ban all toxic ingredients in personal care products.

  • Develop a national water strategy to ensure safe drinking water for all Canadians.

  • Uphold Jordan’s Principle in full, ensuring Indigenous Peoples receive the health care they need without being delayed by bureaucratic disagreements over jurisdiction

  • Implement Calls to Action 18-24 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, improving health care for Indigenous Peoples.

  • Support First Nations, Métis and Inuit in (re)building traditional knowledge systems around healing and wellness, including the formal inclusion of traditional healing within mental wellness and home and community care programs. This process must be led by First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit organizations.

  • Approach the drug poisoning crisis as a healthcare issue, not a criminal issue

  • Declare drug poisonings a national health emergency.

  • Recognize that fentanyl contamination is why deaths are more accurately described as poisonings than overdoses

  • Decriminalize the possession of drugs for personal use.

  • Ensure there is access to a safe screened and public supply of drugs of choice.

  • Ensure there is access to the medical support drug users need.

  • Increase funding to community-based organizations to test street drugs.

  • Make Naloxone kits widely available to treat overdoses.

  • Set and maintain national standards on safety and quality for virtual care.

  • Provide dedicated investment for publicly funded virtual care

  • Ensure data interoperability and accessibility to patients.

  • Support equitable access through infrastructure investments.

  • Support policies that lead to continuity in virtual care.





  • Promote a rational and scientifically based approach to the pandemic that focuses on the protection of the most vulnerable, guarantees the freedom of Canadians to make decisions based on informed consent, and rejects coercion and discrimination.

  • Fire the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Theresa Tam and replace her with someone who will work with provincial agencies to implement a rational approach to the pandemic, instead of following the recommendations of the World Health Organization.

  • Repeal vaccine mandates and regular testing for federal civil servants and workers in federally regulated industries.

  • Repeal vaccine passports for travellers.

  • Oppose vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, and other authoritarian measures imposed by provincial governments, and support individuals and groups that challenge such measures in court.

  • Support emergency provincial measures to protect the most vulnerable, but stop bailing out provinces that impose economically destructive lockdowns.

  • Support medical research and development of therapies to treat covid-19 and other viral diseases.

  • Replace the Canada Health Transfer cash payments with a permanent transfer of tax points of equivalent value to the provinces and territories, to give them a stable source of revenue

  • Establish a temporary program to compensate poorer provinces whose revenues from the tax will be lower than the transfer payments they used to receive.

  • Create the conditions for provincial and territorial governments to innovate. They will be fully responsible for health care funding and management, and fully accountable to their citizens for the results, while Ottawa will respect the Constitution and stop meddling.


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  • Require that travellers on interprovincial trains, commercial flights, cruise ships, and other federally regulated vessels be vaccinated

  • Ensure vaccination across the federal public service. As the country’s largest employer, this will protect the health and safety of the federal public servants and their communities, across Canada

  • Keep working with employers in Crown corporations and federally regulated workplaces to ensure vaccination is prioritized for workers in these sectors.

  • Launch a $1 billion COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Fund to support provinces and territories who implement a requirement for proof of vaccine credentials in their jurisdiction for non-essential businesses and public spaces.

  • Table legislation to ensure that every business and organization that decides to require a proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.

  • Procure enough vaccines to ensure all Canadians have access to free COVID-19 booster shots and second-generation vaccines as needed.

  • Invest $100 million to study the long-term health impacts of COVID-19, including the effects of “longCOVID” on different groups, including vulnerable populations and children.

  • Immediately invest $6 billion—on top of $4 billion already committed—to support the elimination of health system waitlists.

  • Negotiate agreements with every province and territory to ensure that Canadians who are waiting for care get the treatment they need as quickly as possible

  • Provide $3.2 billion to the provinces and territories for the hiring of 7,500 new family doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

  • Provide $400 million over 4 years to build on the growing demand for virtual care that arose during the pandemic

  • Expand the number of family doctors and primary health teams in rural communities, by increasing by 50% (from $40,000 up to $60,000 over 5 years), the maximum debt relief that family doctors, residents in family medicine, nurse practitioners, or nurses are eligible for the under Canada Student Loans forgiveness program.

  • Expand the list of professionals eligible for forgiveness to include dentists, pharmacists, dental hygienists, midwives, social workers, psychologists, teachers, and early childhood educators so that rural communities have greater access to the full suite of health and social service providers they need.

  • Offer health care professionals, who are just starting out in their careers, a one-time income tax deduction of up to $15,000 over their first 3 years of practice to help with the costs of setting up a practice

  • Undertake a review to ensure that communities that are indeed rural are fully eligible under the program.

  • Strengthen federal powers under the Canada Health Act and the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act to deduct health transfers from provinces who enable extra billing for publicly insured services, in order to protect the integrity of our universal public health care system

  • Establish regulations under the Canada Health Act governing accessibility for sexual and reproductive health services so there is no question, that no matter where someone lives, that they have access to publicly available sexual and reproductive health services. Failure on the part of a province to meet this standard would result in an automatic penalty applied against federal health transfers.

  • Provide up to $10 million to Health Canada to develop an easily accessible portal that provides accurate, judgement-free, and evidence-based information on sexual and reproductive health and rights, which will include a section that counters misinformation about abortion

  • Provide up to $10 million over 3 years to youth-led grassroots organizations that respond to the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of young people

  • No longer provide charity status to anti-abortion organizations (for example, Crisis Pregnancy Centres) that provide dishonest counseling to women about their rights and about the options available to them at all stages of the pregnancy

  • Establish a new federal transfer to provinces and territories—the Canada Mental Health Transfer—to assist jurisdictions to expand the delivery of high-quality, accessible, and free mental health services.

  • Commit to permanent, ongoing funding for mental health services under the Canada Mental Health Transfer, with an initial investment of $4.5 billion over 5 years

  • Undertake a comprehensive review of access to the Disability Tax Credit, CPP-Disability and other federal benefits and programs to ensure they are available to people experiencing mental health challenges.

  • Include mental health as a specific element of occupational health and safety under the Canada Labour Code and require federally regulated employers to take preventative steps to address workplace stress and injury.

  • Fully fund a national, three-digit mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline

  • Work with partners to ensure timely access to perinatal mental health services.

  • Introduce a comprehensive strategy to address problematic substance use to end the opioids crisis

  • Invest $25 million for public education to reduce the stigma associated with problematic substance use.

  • Invest $500 million to support the provinces and territories in providing access to a full-range of evidence-based treatment, recognizing that successful treatment is not determined by long-term abstinence.

  • Support provinces and territories in creating standards for substance use treatment programs so that Canadians can access quality and evidence-based support when they need it most.

  • Support the many lower-risk and first-time offenders by reforming the Criminal Code to repeal relevant mandatory minimum penalties and requiring police and Crown prosecutors to consider diverting individuals out of the criminal justice system.

  • Improve the quality and availability of long-term care homes and beds.

  • Implement strict infection prevention and control measures, including through more provincial and territorial facility inspections for long-term care homes.

  • Develop a Safe Long-Term Care Act collaboratively to ensure that seniors are guaranteed the care they deserve, no matter where they live.

  • Raise wages for personal support workers, including a guaranteed minimum wage of at least $25 per hour.

  • Train up to 50,000 new personal support workers

  • Provide a $100 million top-up to the Safe Return to Class Fund for ventilation improvement projects across Canada, as well as $10 million for First Nations to improve indoor air quality in on-reserve schools.

  • Provide $100 million to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative with $70 million of this funding directed to a new pillar focused on increasing air quality and indoor ventilation.

  • Introduce a tax credit for small businesses to make it easier for them to invest in better ventilation.

  • Introduce amendments to the Canada Labour Code to provide 10 days of paid sick leave for all federally regulated workers so that no one has to choose between going to work sick or paying their bills.

  • Convene provinces and territories to develop a national action plan to legislate sick leave across the country, while respecting provincial-territorial jurisdiction and the unique needs of small business owners.

  • Work with our provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous partners, and stakeholders to develop a National School Food Policy and work towards a national school nutritious meal program with a $1 billion dollar investment over five years.

  • Introduce new restrictions on the commercial marketing of food and beverages to children and establish new front-of-package labelling to promote healthy food choices.


  • Prioritize the signing of contracts for booster shots to ensure that Canadians are protected as quickly as possible against new variants.

  • Accelerate homegrown development and production of vaccines by Canadian companies such as Providence Therapeutics, Sanofi, Medicago and others.

  • Support the provinces by rapidly making available to them whatever logistical resources they need to deliver vaccines and booster shots to Canadians as quickly as possible.

  • Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen new arrivals.

  • Accelerate Health Canada approvals for rapid tests approved by the UK, the US, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Taiwan

  • Make at-home rapid tests readily available to all Canadians.

  • Immediately provide more rapid tests to provincial governments to allow them to conduct screening, particularly at schools.

  • Develop a clear, evidence-based strategy for re-opening our border with clear timelines and metrics. We will restore urgency, rationality, and consistency to border regulations.

  • Quickly close the border to travellers from hotspots where new variants are detected.

  • Ramp up Canadian research and production capacity by making Canada one of the best jurisdictions globally for pharmaceutical research and development and the production of vaccines and medicines.

  • Overhaul Canada’s Pandemic Plan and preparedness to include domestic vaccine research, trials development and manufacturing capacity and readiness - with a focus on novel vaccine platforms, keeping and attracting the best minds in Canada, and ensuring secure access to supply during pandemic scenarios

  • Review Health Canada’s regulatory processes and the balance between Canada’s industrial, health, and economic relationships with the global biomanufacturing sector in light of Canada’s poor performance in accessing vaccines during COVID-19.

  • Partner with pharmaceutical companies to increase production of critical medicines and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Canada;

  • Work with the United States to strengthen the North American supply chain for pharmaceuticals to reduce our shared reliance on imports; and use procurements by government and those receiving government funding to enhance domestic production of PPE.

  • Reinstate the tariff on imported PPE

  • Overhaul Canada’s National Emergency Stockpile System to ensure supplies are there to rapidly respond to infectious disease, bioterrorism, and similar threats

  • Overhaul federal lab testing processes and the support PHAC provides for provinces and territories to markedly improve consistency and scaling of lab capabilities across Canada

  • Develop evidence-based contact tracing systems for our borders and support public health efforts

  • Develop a national system for sharing data across jurisdictions on pathogen transmission, immunity levels, and vaccination rates with transparent reporting requirements and coordination among jurisdictions.

  • Bolster our infectious disease and pandemic science infrastructure, research, and expertise, through the development of new and novel high containment laboratory capabilities, alongside the National Microbiology Laboratory, to rapidly identify the threat to Canadians of novel and emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism agents

  • Support and encourage the closure of poorly regulated wildlife markets globally that carry an elevated risk of becoming sources for future pandemics;

  • End the importation of and trade in wild or exotic animals and their products that carry an elevated risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.

  • Prohibiting the export of deadly viruses to jurisdictions that cannot be trusted.

  • Overhaul Canada’s public health intelligence-gathering systems, including restoring the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)

  • Establish a threat-level warning system that uses data points and sources from our overhauled public health intelligence-gathering systems to assign risk levels from a scale of 1-5 for Canadians when a new virus is detected.

  • Develop trusted mechanisms for communicating the real threat to Canadians of novel and emerging pathogens and rapidly changing information

  • Assign ultimate responsibility for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)to a qualified physician - public health expert with field and front line experience

  • Establish a set of actions corresponding to each level of risk in our new threat-level warning system, including but not limited to when border measures will be implemented, when travel should be restricted, and data-sharing requirements across jurisdictions.

  • Develop a data-driven system of benchmarks for removing bans, restrictions, and quarantines to provide certainty to businesses and their populations.

  • Ensure adequate enforcement of these actions is undertaken and that monitoring both internationally and domestically is consistent and ongoing.

  • Restore the dual leadership role of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, within the Public Health Agency of Canada, so that infectious disease science and expertise drives our domestic pandemic response and Canada once again is a global pandemic leader

  • Overhaul Canada’s Pandemic Plan and preparedness to include a focus on infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats rather than solely on “influenza,”

  • Maintain access security and stringent screening protocols for scientists granted access to the Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg

  • Strengthen Health Canada to ensure it can rapidly review crucial innovations like new tests, treatments, and vaccines.

  • Partner with the private sector

  • Work with the provinces to harmonize ICU training to ensure that ICU credentials are transferable among jurisdictions so that that capacity can be bolstered in emergencies.

  • Propose to the provinces that they partner with us by dedicating a significant portion of the stable, predictable health funding to mental health to ensure that an additional million Canadians can receive mental health treatment every year

  • Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years

  • Create a pilot program to provide $150 million over three years in grants to non-profits and charities delivering mental health and wellness programming

  • Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline.

  • Invest $325 million over the next three years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds and build 50 recovery community centres across the country

  • Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health challenges and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs developed and managed by Indigenous communities as part of a plan to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs

  • Partner with the provinces to ensure that Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

  • Reinstate the ten-day waiting period for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) to make sure somebody does not make this decision at their lowest point.

  • Restore the requirement for two fully independent witnesses to ensure that a vulnerable person is not being forced or coerced into MAID

  • Require that any discussion of MAID only occur if raised by the patient and prevent healthcare workers from suggesting it to someone who is not seeking it
  • Repealing the Bill C-7 provision allowing MAID for those with mental health challenges.

  • Protect the right of patients to choose to receive care in a MAID-free environment

  • Require healthcare practitioners approving MAID requests (MAID accessors) to examine and consult directly with the patient before approving the request

  • Require MAID assessors to complete MAID assessor training to ensure full awareness of and compliance with laws and best practices around MAID.


  • A national, universal, public pharmacare program

  • Develop a roadmap to incorporate universal dental care into Canada’s public health care system

  • Act immediately to prevent the sale of blood products

  • Make sure that people can access safe abortion services in all regions.

  • Work with the provinces and territories to tackle wait times and improve access to primary care across the country

  • Work with the provinces to develop public infrastructure for secure, accessible virtual healthcare

  • Identify coming gaps in health human resources and make a plan to recruit and retain the doctors, nurses and other health professionals Canadians need

  • Immediately take a leadership role in a federal vaccination strategy to ensure all Canadians can be vaccinated.

  • Provide stable, long-term funding for the Public Health Agency of Canada so they can protect public health and be ready with surge capacity in the event of a crisis

  • Establish a crown corporation charged with domestic vaccine production

  • Maintain an adequate and responsibly managed stockpile of personal protective equipment, with an emphasis on supporting domestic production.

  • Ensure that Chief Public Health Officer's independence is protected by law, and require the Chief Public Health Officer to report to parliament annually about recommendations to improve Canada’s public health emergency preparedness.

  • Reverse the withdrawl from the Global Public Health Intelligence Network, which provides surveillance and early warnings that are critical for managing international public health emergencies like pandemics

  • Regulate natural health products under stand-alone legislation.

  • End private, for-profit long-term care and bring long-term care homes under the public umbrella, beginning with the federally-owned long term care company Revera

  • Develop national care standards for home care and long-term care

  • Bring in mental health care for uninsured Canadians

  • Develop a national perinatal mental health strategy to support growing families before and after birth.

  • Declare a public health emergency and commit to working with all levels of government, health experts and Canadians to end the criminalization and stigma of drug addiction

  • Create a safe supply of medically regulated alternatives to toxic street drugs, support overdose prevention sites and expand access to treatment on demand for people struggling with addiction.

  • Launch an investigation into the role drug companies may have played in fueling the opioid crisis, and seek meaningful financial compensation from them for the public costs of this crisis.

  • Work towards a national school nutrition program that will give every child in Canada access to healthy food, and the food literacy skills to make healthy choices for life

  • Work to connect Canadians to farmers with initiatives like local food hubs, community supported agriculture, and networks to increase the amount of food that is sold, processed and consumed in local and regional markets

  • Work together with farmers and food producers to develop a National Food Policy

  • Put in place a food waste strategy to reduce the huge amounts of food that currently go to waste in Canada

  • Uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and strengthen the Accessibility Act to cover all federal agencies equally, with the power to make and enforce accessibility standards in a timely manner

  • Expand income security programs to ensure Canadians living with a disability have a guaranteed livable income

  • Extend EI sickness benefits to 50 weeks of coverage, and create a pilot project to allow workers with episodic disabilities to access benefits as they need them

  • Develop and implement a national Autism strategy that will coordinate support for research, ensure access to needs-based services, promote employment, and help expand housing options.



  • Increase health transfers, without condition, to cover 35% of health care costs

  • Support, through tax credits, home care.

  • Offer a detailed plan for the gradual reopening of reopening of the borders, as the variants continue to threaten and vaccination is not at the same rate across the globe.

  • Table a protocol for management of potential pandemic threats.

  • Propose that Canada take a leadership role with the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a concerted strategy for the recognition of vaccines, mixed vaccination and quarantine management, taking into account the development of the pandemic in the different countries and the appearance of variants

  • Propose a strategy for production of vaccines, including the establishment of the necessary conditions for the for the development of a world-class industry.

  • Demand that the federal government revise its strategy to lower the cost of these drugs, without compromising rapid access to these drugs for patients or the development of vaccine autonomy.

  • Extend Employment Insurance medical special benefits to 50 weeks



  • Expand the Canada Health Act by fully funding a universal pharmacare program

  • Create a bulk drug purchasing agency and reduce drug patent protection periods.

  • Establish a clear timeline for the implementation of universal pharmacare

  • Expand Medicare to include free dental care for low-income Canadians.

  • Bring Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act

  • Create enforceable National Standards for LTC.

  • Provide transformative investment for Seniors’ Care including infrastructure and staffing funding.

  • Require Emergency and Pandemic Preparedness for LTC, including providing proper and adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and testing for COVID-19 for staff, family caregivers, and residents.

  • Set a national standard of four hours of regulated care per day for each LTC resident.

  • Enforce National Standards of Care through accountability and penalties, including criminal prosecution.

  • Ensure safe family access to LTC facilities.

  • Provide all needed vaccinations to all residents, staff and caregivers for LTC (not only COVID-19, but also influenza, pneumonia, diphtheria, whooping cough, etc.).

  • Increase and stabilise staffing in LTC homes and improve training, fair pay for workers, benefits, and paid sick leave.

  • Invest in training and education to support ongoing professional development and specialization for LTC workers.

  • Prioritize senior care and long-term care skills for immigration status.

  • Provide a dedicated Seniors’ Care Transfer to provinces and territories for specific improvements to home, community and LTC separate from the federal health transfers.

  • Shift LTC policy towards aging in place by having the Seniors’ Care Transfer include transformative investment in home and community care

  • Increase the proportion of LTC investment in community and home-based care from 13% to 35% in order to match the OECD average.

  • End for-profit LTC facilities and reorient LTC towards community-based models

  • Make the Caregiver Tax Credit a refundable tax credit so that family caregivers have more flexibility

  • Change the Home Renovation Tax Credit from $10,000 per household to $10,000 per person for more people to age in place.

  • Declare the drug poisoning crisis a national public health emergency

  • Decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use

  • Create a national safe supply of drugs of choice

  • Invest in an integrated system of decriminalization and access to meaningful services for those persons who are seeking treatment

  • Increase funding to community-based organizations to test drugs and support those who use drugs.

  • Implement a national education and distribution program for Naloxone, so Naloxone kits are widely available to treat overdoses and every Canadian knows what it is and how to use it.

  • Create a legal and policy environment that funds and advances evidence-based programmes, in order to facilitate the development and scaling up of harm reduction services across all of Canada, including in rural communities and prisons.

  • Expand support for mental health services and addiction services for those who are seeking these services.

  • Provide automatic pardons to anyone convicted in the past of simple possession of cannabis and ensure that any records of such offences and circumstances are expunged from police records

  • Move to legally regulate currently illegal drugs based on the best available evidence regarding harms and benefits as a step towards treating problematic drug use as a health issue.

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, and call for the inclusion of mental health services as medically necessary.

  • Allocate increased direct federal investment in community-based mental health care.

  • Establish robust accountability mechanisms to ensure the delivery of mental health care on par with physical health

  • Increased support for Indigenous-led, culturally safe, mental health programs and services, rooted in Indigenous healing practices, land-based healing and the principle of self-determination.

  • Ensure all programming is guided by the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.

  • Establish permanent program funding for the delivery of land-based, trauma-informed, community addictions care for Indigenous peoples.

  • Increase targeted investment in the mental health workforce serving Indigenous communities.

  • Double the current budget of the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative

  • Take active steps to implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, specifically those related to mental health.

  • Incorporate the formal inclusion of traditional healing within mental wellness and home and community care programs.

  • Ensure this process is led by First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit organizations.

  • Provide specific funding for early mental health interventions, including social and emotional learning programs, quality and accessible early childhood education, access to community-based mental health services for parents and caregivers, youth peer support programs, mobile youth mental health clinics, etc.

  • Launch a targeted strategy aimed at ensuring timely access to mental health services for young people and children

  • Provide funding for prevention, treatment, and research related to youth mental health, to address the growing crisis of mental health issues among young people.

  • Call for a national study on the impact of phones and social media on mental health in adolescents.

  • Invest in community supportive housing,

  • Order a public inquiry into the pandemic response that evaluates the joint response between all levels of government with the purpose of examining what went well and what could have been done better.

  • Create an intergovernmental rapid response task force, which can be activated immediately when facing an emergency

  • Ensure that Canada has a robust capacity for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Ensure that Canada has a sufficient PPE stockpile by increasing domestic production.

  • Dedicate specific funding to strengthening the integration of public health with community-based primary care as the first access point of the health care system

  • Lessen Canada’s overall dependence on global supply chains for essential goods and services

  • Strengthen the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN) to flag potential public health concerns around the globe.

  • Prepare for future pandemics by investing in and restructuring our health care and long-term care systems.

  • Provide the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with long-term funding to protect public health and to be ready with surge capacity in the event of a crisis.

  • Invest in research and production of vaccines and therapeutics to improve Canada’s ability to domestically source vaccines and medical treatments.

  • Commit to being guided by the recommendations of the relevant scientists and experts in formulating emergency response strategies

  • Halt and reverse biodiversity loss and species extinction to help address underlying causes, as pandemics are likely to increase in frequency and severity if we do not address biodiversity decline.

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include Pharmacare for everyone

  • Create a bulk drug purchasing agency and reduce drug patent protection periods.

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include long-term care and enhanced mental health services.

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include free basic dental care for all Canadians.

  • Increase health transfers by basing them on demographics and real health care needs in each province, replacing the current formula based on GDP growth

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize mental health and rehabilitation services, access to safe abortion services and access to gender-affirming health services such as hormones, blockers, and surgery

  • Support family doctors and interprofessional teams to reduce wait times and enhance the accessibility of the care they provide to communities across Canada

  • Reorient Health Canada’s mandate towards mental health and addictions, health promotion and disease prevention, and the risks of climate change.

  • Encourage medical associations to train health-care professionals to understand and engage with climate change related health threats.

  • Legislate the right of Canadians to a healthy environment, promoting greater transparency in decision-making, public participation rights and access to judicial review mechanisms.

  • Set targets for reducing the use of pesticides in agriculture through programs to assist farmers in moving to organic and regenerative farming.

  • Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) to limit the approval and use of toxic chemicals that affect our health and environment.

  • Regulate microfibres as a toxic substance under CEPA

  • Invoke the precautionary principle in making decisions about approvals of products, substances, projects and processes where there is the potential for irreversible harm

  • Revive and expand the National Pesticides Monitoring and Surveillance Network

  • Create an adverse effects reporting database for doctors and emergency rooms to keep track of health impacts of pesticides and other chemicals.

  • Ban neonicotinoid pesticides, which kill bees and other pollinators, and support farmers in shifting to alternatives.

  • Ban all forestry and cosmetic uses of glyphosate-based herbicides as well as their use as a pre-harvest desiccant.

  • Ban all toxic ingredients in personal care products.

  • Develop a national water strategy to ensure safe drinking water for all Canadians.

  • Uphold Jordan’s Principle in full, ensuring Indigenous Peoples receive the health care they need without being delayed by bureaucratic disagreements over jurisdiction

  • Implement Calls to Action 18-24 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, improving health care for Indigenous Peoples.

  • Support First Nations, Métis and Inuit in (re)building traditional knowledge systems around healing and wellness, including the formal inclusion of traditional healing within mental wellness and home and community care programs. This process must be led by First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit organizations.

  • Approach the drug poisoning crisis as a healthcare issue, not a criminal issue

  • Declare drug poisonings a national health emergency.

  • Recognize that fentanyl contamination is why deaths are more accurately described as poisonings than overdoses

  • Decriminalize the possession of drugs for personal use.

  • Ensure there is access to a safe screened and public supply of drugs of choice.

  • Ensure there is access to the medical support drug users need.

  • Increase funding to community-based organizations to test street drugs.

  • Make Naloxone kits widely available to treat overdoses.

  • Set and maintain national standards on safety and quality for virtual care.

  • Provide dedicated investment for publicly funded virtual care

  • Ensure data interoperability and accessibility to patients.

  • Support equitable access through infrastructure investments.

  • Support policies that lead to continuity in virtual care.





  • Promote a rational and scientifically based approach to the pandemic that focuses on the protection of the most vulnerable, guarantees the freedom of Canadians to make decisions based on informed consent, and rejects coercion and discrimination.

  • Fire the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Theresa Tam and replace her with someone who will work with provincial agencies to implement a rational approach to the pandemic, instead of following the recommendations of the World Health Organization.

  • Repeal vaccine mandates and regular testing for federal civil servants and workers in federally regulated industries.

  • Repeal vaccine passports for travellers.

  • Oppose vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, and other authoritarian measures imposed by provincial governments, and support individuals and groups that challenge such measures in court.

  • Support emergency provincial measures to protect the most vulnerable, but stop bailing out provinces that impose economically destructive lockdowns.

  • Support medical research and development of therapies to treat covid-19 and other viral diseases.

  • Replace the Canada Health Transfer cash payments with a permanent transfer of tax points of equivalent value to the provinces and territories, to give them a stable source of revenue

  • Establish a temporary program to compensate poorer provinces whose revenues from the tax will be lower than the transfer payments they used to receive.

  • Create the conditions for provincial and territorial governments to innovate. They will be fully responsible for health care funding and management, and fully accountable to their citizens for the results, while Ottawa will respect the Constitution and stop meddling.