Public health agency trying to find out how many Canadians are struggling with ‘long COVID’

Federal agencies are trying to get a handle on how many Canadians are suffering from “long COVID” as researchers learn more about the mysterious after-effects of the virus. The Public Health Agency... Read more »

Number of Canadians living to 100 hit a record high, new census figures show

The number of Canadians living to 100 and beyond reached a record high in 2021. Some centenarians say getting there is all about keeping your hands busy, having a loving family and enjoying life’s... Read more »

Minister admits it’s taking Ottawa ‘a long time’ to set up suicide hotline

The federal minister responsible for mental health policy acknowledges it’s taking her government “a long time” to set up a new national 3-digit suicide prevention hotline. Carolyn Bennett, the minister for mental health... Read more »

Ottawa to maintain mask requirement for travellers after U.S. drops rule: transport minister

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is giving no indication his government plans to drop its masking requirement for air and train passengers in Canada in the near future. “We constantly consult our experts and whenever the... Read more »

COVID-19 vaccines in national stockpile starting to expire as uptake slows

Health Canada says almost 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines held in a national inventory have expired since January. That includes more than 420,000 doses of Moderna’s Spikevax that hit the end... Read more »

Canada’s vaccine advisory body strongly recommends boosters for all adults as virus resurges

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending that all adults and immunocompromised children aged 12 to 17 get a first COVID-19 booster shot as Canada experiences a resurgence of the virus.... Read more »

Ottawa considers definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ in review of federal worker mandate

The federal government could consider including booster shots in the next version of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its workers. The government must review the need for the vaccine mandate policy, which currently... Read more »

New vaccine policy for federal workers set for release on Wednesday

The federal government is planning to update its policy on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for its employees on Wednesday. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has filed a grievance against the existing... Read more »

COVID-related hospitalizations at a low point but BA.2 subvariant is driving new infections: modelling

New federal modelling released today suggests there will be an increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks because the much more infectious BA.2 subvariant is circulating widely. While the number of cases... Read more »

Feds announce another $2B to clear surgical backlogs, promise more money for future health transfers

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Friday that the federal government will send another $2 billion to provinces and territories to help clear the health-care backlog created by the years-long pandemic crisis. Over... Read more »