Responses to Key Issues - 2015


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Canadian Election Results

On October 19, 2015 the public mood for political change came together strongly behind Justin Trudeau. The wave of change swept the Liberals to power and Mr. Trudeau to 24 Sussex with a solid majority government. This new mandate will bring with it a significant change of direction with respect to government policy and the legislative agenda.

CDHA has always taken a multi-partisan approach and we are well placed to advance the interests of CDHA members with the new government.

The new Liberal team is now turning its attention to the transition that will see them set the groundwork for their new government quickly in November.

Policy Areas of Greatest Change
  • Tax policy and overall fiscal policy including the willingness to go into deficit in a significant way;
  • Health policy;
  • Environmental policy;
  • First Nations policy;

CDHA can also anticipate a change in style and in the consultative nature of government.

It is essential for CDHA to develop new relationships and strengthen existing ones, in addition to framing advocacy agendas early with MPs.

The Conservatives will still be a force in the House of Commons as the Official Opposition but will be focused on rebuilding towards the next page of conservative movement. The NDP suffered a significant defeat falling to third place and losing nearly 60 seats; they will now be fighting for relevance after being outdone by the Liberals.

CDHA will be sending letters of congratulations and expressions of support to newly elected Members of Parliament and thanking outgoing MPs who were champions of our agenda. CDHA encourages all members to reach out to their MP’s to further discuss preventive oral care and the importance of dental hygienists.

CDHA's input recognized by the Standing Committee on Health

June 8, 2015 CDHA applauds the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health for recognizing the important contributions that dental hygienists, as primary health care professionals, make in the prevention of disease. The committee’s latest report, The Federal Role in the Scope of Practice of Canadian Healthcare Professionals, makes direct reference to several of the issues raised by CDHA during a presentation to the committee earlier this year. Among the committee’s recommendations to the federal government are the following:

  • That Health Canada review the roles of dental hygienists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and midwives within the Non-Insured Health Benefits program to improve its ability to provide needed health services in rural and remote communities as part of a healthcare team
  • That the federal government work with provincial/territorial governments and with health professional associations to promote a consistent pan-Canadian approach to scope-of-practice expansions
  • That the federal government, through Health Canada, work with provincial and territorial governments to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of interprofessional team approaches to the provision of primary health care and that it support research in this direction
  • That the federal government, in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, encourage pan-Canadian harmonization of scopes of practice That the federal government work with provincial and territorial governments and other interested stakeholders to assess health human resources planning challenges, particularly in rural and remote areas, and to facilitate the sharing of best practices and planning data


Community Water Fluoridation: Letter to the Editor

May 08, 2015 The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD) has sent the letter below to the Toronto Star responding to the May 2 article concerning the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s decision to set 0.7mg/L as ideal for community water fluoridation. CDHA continues to support community water fluoridation as a safe, effective, economical and equitable means of preventing dental caries to individuals of all ages. Members are encouraged to visit CDHA’s position statement and resources webpage for additional resources pertaining to community water fluoridation. More

Federal Budget February 2015

April 22, 2015 Canada’s Finance Minister, the Honourable Joe Oliver, tabled his first federal budget in the House of Commons on April 21, 2015. Following a recent announcement to introduce balanced budget legislation, the government followed through on its promise to table a balanced budget, boasting a $1.4 billion surplus for 2015‒16. “Strong Leadership: A Balanced-Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth and Security” will be a key pillar of the Conservative Party of Canada’s re-election strategy as voters are expected to go to the polls in October 2015.

CDHA Presents To Parliamentatry Committee

March 10, 2015 On March 10th CDHA was invited to appear before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health. The health committee is conducting a study into best practices and federal barriers related to scopes of practice and skills training of healthcare professionals. CDHA called for the federal government to act in 3 areas:

  • To recognize dental hygienists as service providers in all federal healthcare programs;
  • To review and amend outdated legislation related to scope of practice, particularly in the Far North;
  • To Invest in education and training that supports comprehensive scopes of practice across Canada.

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