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Health Canada

Departments of the Government of Canada

Santé Canada
Minister Tony Clement
Established N/A
Responsibilities Health
Employees 10,000 [1]
Department Website

Health Canada (French: Santé Canada) is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for national public health.

Health Canada's goal is to improve Canadian life by improving Canadian longevity, lifestyle and use of public healthcare. It seeks to establish an adaptable, sustainable, world-class regulatory system enhancing access to safe and effective products, promotes transparency, and better coordinates research and development and the healthcare system.

The Department is based on a departmental-agency model and is organised into a series of functional and administrative Branches and a specialist agency regulating pesticides. There are also several research laboratories and specialist offices.

The current Minister of Health is Tony Clement, a Conservative Member of Parliament appointed to the position by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


Branches, regions and agencies [2]

Ministers and officers

  • Minister of Health
  • Deputy Minister
  • Associate Deputy Minister
  • Chief Public Health Officer

Branches, offices, and bureaus

  • Audit & Accountability Bureau
  • Bureau of Veterinary Drugs
  • Public Affairs, Consultations and Regions Branch
  • Corporate Services Branch
  • Departmental Secretariat
  • First Nations & Inuit Health Branch
  • Health Policy Branch
  • Health Products & Food Branch
  • Healthy Environments & Consumer Safety Branch
  • Information, Analysis & Connectivity Branch
  • Legal Services
  • Office of the Cameron Visiting Chair
  • Office of the Chief Dental Officer
  • Office of the Chief Scientist
  • Pest Management Regulatory Agency



  • Laboratory Centre for Disease Control
  • Sir Frederick G Banting Research Centre


  • Nurse Recruitment
  • Public Services Health Medical Centre
  • Chief Financial Officer

Related legislation[3]

Acts for which Health Canada has Total or Partial Responsibility

  • Assisted Human Reproduction Act
  • Canada Health Act
  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Act
  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act
  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Implementation Act (Not in force)
  • Department of Health Act
  • Financial Administration Act
  • Fitness and Amateur Sport Act
  • Food and Drugs Act
  • Hazardous Materials Information Review Act
  • Hazardous Products Act
  • Patent Act
  • Pest Control Products Act
  • Pesticide Residue Compensation Act
  • Quarantine Act, 2005
  • Radiation Emitting Devices Act
  • Tobacco Act & Act to Amend the Tobacco Act (Sponsorship)

Acts for which Health Canada is Involved or has a Special Interest

  • Broadcasting Act
  • Canada Labour Code
  • Canada Medical Act
  • Canada Shipping Act
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act
  • Emergency Preparedness Act
  • Energy Supplies Emergency Act
  • Excise Tax Act
  • Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act
  • Feeds Act
  • Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • National Parks Act
  • Nuclear Safety and Control Act
  • Non-Smokers Health Act
  • Queen Elizabeth II Canadian Research Fund Act
  • Trade Marks Act

See also

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Health_Canada". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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