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CVMA Submits Comments during the Federal Government Pre-Budget Consultations

February 28, 2019

With the 2019 Federal Budget coming down the pipe, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) had sent a letter to the Finance Minister Bill Morneau during the federal government’s 2019 pre-budget consultation noting that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was not top of mind in the upcoming budget.

Veterinarians are dedicated to addressing the current and growing risks associated with antimicrobial resistance. Canada has previously committed at the United Nations and the G20 to taking action against AMR. Such action requires a multi-sectoral One Health approach that considers humans, animals, and the environment as interconnected players in the development and spread of AMR. Currently, Canada’s response has been inadequate. Multiple reports from experts have pointed this out over the past two decades, and the Federal Auditor General and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health have both outlined Canada’s failure to take this threat seriously.

Being able to take action on AMR starts with the Government of Canada taking a leadership position, resourcing it adequately, and supporting the many recommendations that have been repeatedly made. 

CVMA feels the federal government has an opportunity to reconsider how to make a difference for future generations by supporting the association’s efforts in tackling this important challenge. We understand that AMR is not currently top of mind as you work on the 2019 budget, but you have an opportunity to reconsider how to make a difference for future generations by supporting our efforts in tackling this important challenge

  • Read full letter here.
  • Read response from Minister of Finance here.