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2018 marked a year of relationship-building, both with elected members of Parliament, and appointed Senators. Children’s Healthcare Canada was invited to participate in a number of consultations on issues related to children’s health including Cannabis, Mental Health, Child Health Research, Therapeutics, and National Pharmacare.

Notably, in the past year, Children’s Healthcare Canada has:

  • Convened a Senate-sponsored round table on the effects of Cannabis use in children and youth, with reference to Bill C-45, hosted by Senator Victor Oh

  • Presented at the Senate Standing Committee of Social Affairs, Science and Technology on the topic of integrated mental health services for youth

  • Co-hosted a Parliamentary Health Research Caucus luncheon on The Case for Made in Canada Paediatric Medicines and Clinical Trials

Strategically speaking, the Children’s Healthcare Canada Board of Directors, recognizing the significant responsibility and opportunity to advance our role advocating on behalf of our members, and of children, youth and their families, has struck an Advocacy Advisory Committee. This Committee, led by Alex Munter (CHEO) will report directly to the Board and will inform the Association’s approach to influence federal policy and legislation.