In October 2014, the Government of Canada released Antimicrobial Resistance and Use in Canada: A Federal Framework for Action. The Framework maps out a coordinated, collaborative federal approach to responding to the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to prevent, limit, and control the emergence and spread of AMR, and this Action Plan builds on the strategic areas of focus and priority action items outlined in the Framework by identifying concrete steps that will be undertaken by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Health Canada (HC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the National Research Council (NRC), and Industry Canada (IC).
In addition to its work in the areas of surveillance, stewardship, and innovation, the Government of Canada is committed to taking a leadership role both nationally and internationally.
This Action Plan is only the first of a series. It is intended to outline initial efforts to address AMR, which focus on ensuring that all partners and stakeholders are informed and engaged so that we can move forward together with a united objective. This Action Plan will be updated regularly both to demonstrate the progress being made, and to continue to identify new initiatives being undertaken as we move forward.
Provinces, territories, and other stakeholders also play a key role by virtue of their responsibility for the delivery of health care, approval of antimicrobials for medical coverage, and the regulation of antimicrobial use (AMU) in agriculture and veterinary medicine. The Government of Canada is committed to working with all jurisdictions and stakeholders to deliver on this Action Plan.
- Establish and strengthen surveillance systems to identify new threats or changing patterns in antimicrobial resistance and use, in human and animal settings.
- Strengthen the promotion of the appropriate use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine.
- Work with the animal agriculture sector partners to strengthen the regulatory framework on veterinary medicines and medicated feeds, including facilitating access to alternatives and encourage the adoption of practices in order to reduce the use of antimicrobials.
- Promote innovation through funding collaborative research and development efforts on antimicrobial resistance both domestically and internationally.
Tuesday Marcch 31, 2015/ Health Canada/ Canada.