Canada is increasingly affected and challenged by health issues beyond its borders. This means the Government of Canada must be active internationally to help protect and enhance the health of Canadians.
Health Canada is also an active participant in a number of different international and regional discussions. This ensures that Health Canada is aware of new policies and issues that may affect the health of Canadians. It also permits the Department to share information on Canadian health issues with the rest of the world.
The Department is often asked to send representatives to sit on the committees of international agencies.