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Science and Research

Health Canada depends on a strong foundation of science and research to fulfill its mission to help Canadians maintain and improve their health.

Science and Research at Work for You

Scientific expertise contributes to decisions about health standards, health policy, regulations and health programs. It also allows Health Canada to:

  • Anticipate and respond to health risks posed by diseases, environmental hazards, food and other threats;
  • Verify that the drugs, food, medical devices and other therapeutic products available to Canadians are safe and effective; and
  • Provide information to Canadians to help them make informed decisions about their health.

What Information is Available?

In this section you can read examples of Health Canada's science and research activities, explore opportunities for funding and professional development and find out about our partnerships and how we invest in research. You can also access reports on publications related to the department's scientific activities and discover the faces and places that make science happen at Health Canada.

Did you know?

Health Canada's history is filled with stories of scientific accomplishments. Did you know we played a role in developing a polio vaccine, as well as advancing the understanding of juvenile diabetes?