Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series: Health Care and Federalism (TRN5-E12)

Product code: TRN5-E12

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March 15, 2023

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)

English, with interpretation in French

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1.5 hours



All public servants at all levels



Health care is one of the most critical services provided to Canadians, and it requires significant intergovernmental coordination. While provinces and territories have jurisdiction over the delivery of health care, the federal government has an important role to play, especially when it comes to funding health services.

This insightful event will examine how federalism impacts the provision of health care by provincial and territorial governments and ultimately how it impacts the lives of Canadians across the country. Speakers will discuss approaches to pan-Canadian health issues, such as pandemics, aging, opioids, labour shortages, care economy, and funding, as well as what the Canada Health Act outlines about health care standards.

Participants will learn about how the different levels of government interact within the context of federalism to both manage and provide health care.

This event was held in partnership with the Institute for Research on Public Policy's Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation.

Learn more about The Living Tree: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series. 



Katherine Fierlbeck, McCulloch Research Professor & Chair, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University

Dr. Chaim Bell, Physician-in-Chief at Sinai Health and Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto

Charles Breton, Executive Director, Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation


Jocelyne Voisin, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada

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