HEAL News Releases

HEAL has released a number of News Releases commenting on a number of public policy issues from a health pespective. Should you wish for HEAL to comment on an issue, please contact the HEAL Co-Chairs.

Recent national survey commissioned by HEAL shows widespread support for measures aimed at dealing with Canada’s aging population.

(OTTAWA – March 22, 2019) Organizations for Health Action (HEAL) is reacting positively to the tabling of the 2019 Federal Budget, as much of its content is in line with HEAL’s policy asks, including new investments in seniors care, mental health and in measures to counter the opioid crisis.

A national survey of 1,650 canadian adults conducted for heal, organizations for health action.


Health sector coalition releases healthcare consensus statement and urges federal government to increase investments in seniors’ care and mental health.

(OTTAWA – November 1, 2018) Today, Organizations for Health Action (HEAL), released its health policy consensus statement, Canadian Way 2.0, as well as the initial findings of a new Abacus Data survey related to healthcare.

The poll, which surveyed 1,650 adults from across Canada, found that 7 out 10 Canadians feel that the federal government should make investing in and optimizing Canada’s health care system to respond to its aging population a top or very high priority.

Ideal combination of better coverage for less cost is possible

OTTAWA, April 19, 2018 – HEAL – Organizations for Health Action – applauds the House of Commons Health Committee on the release of its long-awaited report on the feasibility of a national pharmacare program. After two years and nearly 100 expert witnesses, the report lays the groundwork for filling a longstanding gap in the Canadian healthcare system.

OTTAWA – March 5, 2018 – HEAL – Organizations for Health Action – and its members applaud Federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau for his government’s latest budget, which sets an encouraging course for some areas of vital importance in national health policy. The document’s focus on mental health, combatting the opioids crisis and a new advisory panel on a possible pharmacare program are all encouraging, says the coalition’s members.

OTTAWA, December 19, 2016 – Provincial and Territorial Health Ministers have failed to reach an agreement with the Federal Government regarding a new Health Accord. The offer from the Federal Government entailed a yearly 3.5% increase of the Canada Health Transfer over the next ten years and an additional 11 billion dollars to be invested in home-care and mental health.