The Minister of Health is responsible for maintaining and improving the health of Canadians. This is supported by the Health Portfolio which comprises Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. The Health Portfolio consists of approximately 12,000 full-time equivalent employees and an annual budget of over $3.8 billion.
- Assisted Human Reproduction Canada
- Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) is the federal regulatory agency responsible for protecting and promoting the health, safety, dignity and rights of Canadians who use or are born of assisted human reproduction technologies. AHRC is also responsible for fostering an environment where ethical principles are applied in matters relating to assisted human reproduction while allowing scientific advances that benefit Canadians.
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is Canada's premier federal agency for health research. Its objective is to create new knowledge that can be translated into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened health care system.
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission
- The Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission is charged with providing the trade secret protection mechanism within the National Office of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. The Commission's dual role is to balance the right of industry to protect trade secrets and the need of workers to have accurate health and safety information about hazardous chemicals used in the workplace.
- Health Canada
- Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.
- Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
- The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is a quasi-judicial body that protects consumers and contributes to health care by ensuring that the manufacturers' prices of patented medicines are not excessive.
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has been created to deliver on the Government of Canada's commitment to help protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Its activities focus on preventing chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease, preventing injuries and responding to public health emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks.