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Fighting COVID-19

Protecting the health and safety of Canadians.

Fighting COVID-19

After bringing down the number of COVID-19 cases with spring lockdowns, Canada is now facing a resurgence of the virus with rapid growth in daily case counts. The Government of Canada has made significant investments in health care, in securing vaccines, in procuring medical and personal protective equipment, in income support and paid sick leave, and overall, in keeping Canadians and businesses safe, healthy, and solvent through the turbulence of the pandemic. The best economic policy continues to be a strong health policy.

Protecting the Health and Safety of Canadians

Confirmed Vaccine Doses Procured per Person by Vaccine Candidate
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Vaccines and Therapeutics

To date, Canada has invested over $1 billion in vaccine agreements and secured a domestic supply of up to 429 million doses of promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Canada has secured the most diverse portfolio of any country.

All Canadians can rest assured that a safe and effective vaccine will be available to them – for free – once it is ready. Canada has also made and continues to make investments to increase vaccine manufacturing capacity here in Canada.

Canada is supporting a coordinated approach, including through joint development of plans with provinces and territories. Canada has secured specialized freezer capacity to hold tens of millions of doses at any given time, ensuring we can handle the specifications of potential vaccine candidates. The Canadian Armed Forces are working with the Public Health Agency of Canada to assist in logistics planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. This Team Canada approach will ensure that everyone can access a COVID-19 vaccine as seamlessly as possible, including in remote and isolated communities.

Investments to date

Testing and Contact Tracing

The Government of Canada has made significant investments to ensure Canadians can be tested for COVID-19. This included seeking a commitment from provinces and territories to increase testing capacity of up to 200,000 tests per day and providing $4.28 billion in support to help them reach that goal. The Government of Canada has been working to secure rapid testing technology, which is one of several emerging technologies that can be used to quickly identify and respond to outbreaks of the virus. In total, Canada has procured over 38 million rapid tests which is over three times the total number of tests performed to date. More than 5 million rapid test kits have been delivered to provinces so far.

The COVID Alert App is a nationwide mobile app that lets users know if they have been exposed to COVID-19. The app is available to all Canadians and is currently connected to the health systems in Northwest Territories and every province except British Columbia and Alberta. As of late November, there have been more than 5.5 million downloads of the app and over 6,200 positive cases registered using the app, notifying untold thousands more people of a potential exposure and preventing thousands more new cases.

Proposed investments

Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Equipment

The Government of Canada has committed over $7.6 billion to rapidly procure more than two billion pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). Canada continues to aggressively procure vital supplies to keep our nurses, our doctors and frontline health care workers well-equipped and to keep all Canadians safe in the months and years ahead. This funding is in addition to the $3 billion for PPE procurement provided directly to provinces and territories through the Safe Restart Agreement.

Proposed measures

Helping Vulnerable Canadians and Improving Public Health

COVID-19 is having the worst impact on our most vulnerable and those already facing greater health inequities. Fighting COVID-19 requires a complex and multi-faceted public health response. It needs a focus not only on physical health but on mental health, our physical environments, and in ensuring supports are available for those who are more vulnerable to the virus.

Proposed investments

Protecting People in Long-term Care

The devastating COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes have highlighted the gaps in standards and care for our most vulnerable. Tragically, a large majority of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities and seniors residences. In the spring, the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces were deployed to 54 affected long-term care facilities across Quebec and Ontario.

Through the Safe Restart Agreement, the federal government invested $740 million to help provinces and territories address immediate needs of vulnerable populations, including those in long-term care. The federal government has helped provinces and territories to fight the outbreaks in long-term care facilities by providing PPE, contact tracing and over $39 million in funding for direct assistance through the Canadian Red Cross.

New National Standards

Our seniors deserve to be safe, respected, and live in dignity. In order make sure our seniors and those in care live in safe and dignified conditions, the federal government will work with provinces and territories to set new, national standards for long-term care.

Proposed investments

Supporting the Health Response in Indigenous and Northern Communities

Indigenous and Northern communities have worked diligently to control the spread of the virus in their communities. The government recognizes that Indigenous and northern communities face unique challenges in responding to the pandemic including a higher incidence of pre-existing health vulnerabilities, difficulties in accessing healthy food and health services, and overcrowded living conditions that make it difficult to physically distance.

Proposed investments

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