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|Response to Parliamentary Committees
Special Senate Committee on Aging
On April 21, 2009, the Special Senate Committee on Aging tabled its final report Canada’s Aging Population: Seizing the Opportunity. The report outlines the challenges facing Canada’s aging population, including healthy and active aging.The Public Health Agency of Canada (Agency) will contribute to the Government of Canada’s response to the Report, which will be tabled in Parliament in 2009.
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts held a hearing on March 10, 2009, to seek an update from the Agency concerning progress made on the recommendations in May 2008 OAG Report on the Surveillance of Infectious Diseases.
The focus of the Auditor General’s audit had been to determine whether the Agency had:
The Auditor General’s Report outlined four key concerns regarding surveillance of infectious diseases by the Agency:
In their May 2009 report, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts made five recommendations:
The Agency is committed to providing a response to the Standing Committee’s recommendations before September 30, 2009.
The Agency’s response to the Auditor General Report is presented later in this table.
Senate Subcommittee on Population Health
On June 3, 2009, the Senate Subcommittee on Population Health tabled its final report, A Healthy, Productive Canada: A Determinant of Health Approach,in the Senate. The Subcommittee was mandated to examine and report on the impact of the multiple factors and conditions that contribute to the health of Canada’s population, known collectively as the social determinants of health. The report contains 22 recommendations directed at all orders of government and several federal organizations, both within and outside the health portfolio. Recommendations are grouped under four categories:
In 2008-09, the Agency continued efforts in relevant areas, as well as undertook new work that is in line with the recommendations. For example:
At the time of writing, a comprehensive government response has not been requested by the Subcommittee. However, the Agency will review the report in detail and prepare further analyses of the recommendations to assess the implications for their implementation.
|Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)
May 2008 OAG Report on the Surveillance of Infectious Diseases contained recommendations which are presented above in the section on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. The Agency’s response is included in the OAG Report. Steps already taken to address the concerns in the report include:
Moving towards meeting International Health Regulation requirements through the creation of Memoranda of Understanding for information-sharing and mutual assistance during public health emergencies with all the provinces and territories.
|External Audits (Note: These refer to other external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
No external audits were issued during 2008-09.