Health Canada

Health Canada
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Departments of the Government of Canada

Santé Canada
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Minister Leona Aglukkaq
Established 1996
Responsibilities Health
Employees 12,000 [1]
Department Website

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

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


Branches, regions and agencies

Health Canada has the following branches, regions and agencies:[2]

Ministers and officers

  • Minister of Health
  • Deputy Minister - Glenda Yeates [3]
  • Associate Deputy Minister - Anne-Marie Robinson [4]
  • Chief Public Health Officer


  • Audit & Accountability Bureau
  • Chief Financial Officer Branch
  • Corporate Services Branch
  • First Nations & Inuit Health Branch
  • Healthy Environments & Consumer Safety Branch
  • Health Products & Food Branch
  • Public Affairs, Consultation and Communications Branch
  • Regions and Programs Branch
  • Strategic Policy Branch
  • Departmental Secretariat
  • Legal Services
  • Pest Management Regulatory Agency (operates as a branch)





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

Related legislation

Acts for which Health Canada has Total or Partial Responsibility[6]

  • 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

See also

External links

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