The Atlantic Region is unique in that it includes four provinces, each with its own priorities and concerns. Health Canada's head office in the region is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is the centre of operations for the Regional Director General who is Health Canada's main representative in the Atlantic Region.
New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador each has a Provincial Coordinator, who serves as a liaison between Health Canada and the province, and who assists the Regional Director General in carrying out Health Canada's mandate in each province.
Our offices are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Moncton, New Brunswick; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Atlantic Region's 300 employees work towards maintaining and improving the health of Canadians through a broad range of Health Canada activities delivered through various programs and corporate service offices.
Health Canada's vision is to support First Nations and Inuit people to attain a level of health comparable to other Canadians. The objectives of Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health programs are to improve health outcomes, ensure the availability of and access to quality health services, and support greater control of the health system by First Nations and Inuit. FNIH Atlantic provides funding to 33 First Nations communities, several First Nations organizations, and the Inuit government of Nunatsiavut in Labrador, who in turn deliver Health Canada programs and services which supplement those provided by provincial and regional health authorities. FNIH also delivers a limited number of programs and services directly to First Nations Communities.
Health Programs focus on health promotion, prevention and risk reduction. Employees in Health Programs help identify, understand and manage environmental health risks, support community initiatives to reduce drug and tobacco use, promote food safety and nutritional well being, assess the health and safety of public servants or visitors to Canada, and create greater horizontal linkages between departmental programs and their various stakeholders. Health Programs includes Environmental Health, Travelling Public and Conveyances, Public Service Occupational Health, Drug and Tobacco Initiatives, and Public Involvement and Outreach.
This office focuses on compliance and enforcement of legislation and regulations related to the safe production, distribution and/or use of consumer products, tobacco, pest control products, drugs, biologics, medical devices and natural health products. C&E employees strive to ensure that health and consumer products are safe and of good quality, and are properly labelled and distributed. They also provide quality and safety guidelines and information to help people make informed choices on consumer and health products. Compliance & Enforcement includes Controlled Substances, Consumer Product Safety, Canada Vigilance, Pesticide Compliance, the Health Products Inspectorate, and the compliance and enforcement portion of the Tobacco Control Program.
To ensure the continuity and quality of programs and services offered to the public, Health Canada's Atlantic regional office is supported by a strong and dynamic team of corporate service providers. They include Human Resources, Finance and Procurement, Capital Assets and Administration, Security Management, Information Management, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, Plans and Priorities, and Public Affairs, Consultation, and Communications.
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