Tuesday March 22, 2016 | 2016 Federal Budget
2016 Federal Budget
Chapter 5 > Improving Immunization Coverage Rates
Vaccine preventable diseases are still present in some areas of Canada and can lead to serious disability and even death. To help ensure the ongoing health and safety of Canadians, particularly children and those who are immunocompromised, such as the elderly, high levels of immunization coverage among Canadians is required.
Budget 2016 proposes to provide $25 million over five years, starting in 2016–17. With this funding, the Public Health Agency of Canada will update the national immunization coverage goals and disease reduction targets, improve Canada’s ability to identify underand un-immunized Canadians, and develop a focused program to improve vaccine access and uptake.
The 2016 federal budget allocates an additional $25 million over five years to the Public Health Agency of Canada to improve immunization coverage rates. There are no clear numbers about how much of that money is allocated for the 2016-17 fiscal year. This promise status will be updated accordingly when we get the right numbers.