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Federal Government Announces Support for Research Projects

Health Canada and Innovation Canada announce support for research projects, and Minister Saks underscores the pillars informing the government’s response to the opioid crisis. On that, and more, here is your Syntax Weekly Health Round-Up.

On the Hill

  • The House of Commons and the Senate are adjourned for the summer. The House is scheduled to return on Monday, September 18, while the Senate is scheduled to return on Tuesday, September 19.

Around Government 

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada announced $960 million support for over 4,700 researchers and research projects across Canada in the form of grants, scholarships, and programs. The funding will go toward acquiring the modern tools researchers need for their work, inspiring and training the next generation of scientists and researchers and supporting their work, and breaking down barriers to ensure an inclusive research community that is truly reflective of Canada’s diversity.
  • Health Minister Mark Holland, and Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien, announced that the CIHR was investing $8.3 million to support the creation of a Pan-Canadian Women's Health Coalition. The goal of the Coalition is to maximize the visibility and impact of women's health research and practice in Canada, grounded in the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous rights.
  • On the occasion of International Overdose Awareness Day, newly minted Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Ya’ara Saks, released a statement underscoring the federal government’s commitment to the four internationally recognized pillars of drug policy that inform the federal government’s response to the opioid crisis: prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement. The federal government remains committed to reducing the stigma and barriers to services and supports for people who use substances.

Around the Dominion

  • The Government of Alberta announced an $88,000 Civil Society Grant in support of the Oxford House Morning Star Rising Sun Indigenous Healing Home to provide 25 spaces for members from Indigenous communities in Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 territories to access a broad range of cultural supports to recover from addiction.
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