Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health. We assess the safety of drugs and many consumer products, help improve the safety of food, and provide information to Canadians to help them make healthy decisions. We provide health services to First Nations people and to Inuit communities. We work with the provinces to ensure our health care system serves the needs of Canadians. This report is published by authority of the Minister of Health. Healthy Canadians–A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2010 is available on Internet at the following address: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/pubs/system-regime/index-eng.php. Également disponible en français sous le titre : Les Canadiens et les Canadiennes en santé–Rapport fédéral sur les indicateurs comparables de la santé 2010 This publication can be made available on request in a variety of alternative formats. For further information, please contact: Publications Health Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 Tel.: (613) 954-5995 Fax: (613) 941-5366 E-Mail: email@example.com This publication may be reproduced without permission provided that its use falls within the scope of fair dealings under the Copyright Act, and is solely for the purposes of study, research, criticism, review or newspaper summary. The source must be fully acknowledged. However, reproduction of this publication in whole or in part for purposes of resale or redistribution requires the prior written permission from the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5 or firstname.lastname@example.org. © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Health, 2011 HC Pub.: 100353 Cat.: H21-206/2010E-pdf ISBN: 978-1-100-16390-1
Message from the Minister of Health
Message from the Minister of Health
Our government remains committed to helping Canadians to be among the healthiest people in the world. To this end, I am delighted to release Healthy Canadians—A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2010. This report is the fifth of the Healthy Canadians series, which provides Canadians with important information on the health of Canadians and an update on the performance of our health care system. The health indicators used in these reports provide standardized measures to track changes over time. They also help identify potential areas of our health care system to focus needed improvements. As Minister of Health, I am extremely gratified to learn that most Canadians continue to be satisfied overall with health care services they receive. Since our last report in 2008, levels of physical activity have increased and more Canadians report their health as excellent or very good. While this is encouraging, more work has to be done in several areas, such as reducing obesity and wait times for health care. Protecting the health and safety of Canadians and their families is a priority of our government. We recently invested $500 million to continue the development of Canada’s electronic health record system. The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act became law in December 2010 and provides Government with the tools to continue to effectively protect the safety of Canadians. Health Canada will also continue to modernize the legislation governing consumer, therapeutic and food product safety to further protect Canadian families from unsafe consumer products. Recognizing the importance of effective disease prevention, health promotion and improved health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit, other recent initiatives include continued investment in Aboriginal health programs and improving the affordability and accessibility of healthy foods in northern and remote communities. I would like to thank Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information for their continued support and vital contributions to the development of this report, in particular in their capacity as...
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