Health Canada

Health Canada

September 10, 2010 10:09 ET

Canada Continues Strengthening Collaboration With China to Protect the Health & Safety of Canadians

BEIJING, CHINA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) -

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The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Minister of Health, today concluded a visit to China that included several key meetings and the signing of a Letter of Intent re-affirming Canada's commitment to cooperate with China on issues related to consumer product safety.

"Canada and China have a longstanding history of cooperation in the health field. Prime Minister Harper and President Hu, recently highlighted health as an important component of the Canada-China relationship," said Minister Aglukkaq. "It is essential that we continue to strengthen our engagement to ensure the enhanced health and safety of our citizens and our future generations."

In Shanghai, Minister Aglukkaq led the Canadian delegation in the second Canada-China Policy Dialogue on Health. The ongoing initiative between the two countries involved discussions between senior Canadian and Chinese health officials and experts on a spectrum of health matters, such as strategies to prevent chronic diseases and emerging and re-emerging infectious disease, hospital financing and health research.

"Canada and China have many health priorities in common, including the prevention, control and management of both infectious and chronic disease," said Minster Aglukkaq. "The prevention agenda is a crucial part of the health, economy and society of any nation."

In Beijing, the Minister met with a number of Chinese officials including those responsible for consumer product safety, and signed a Letter of Intent with Vice Minister Pu of the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to enhance cooperation on issues related to consumer product safety.

The document signed today re-affirms Canada's collaboration with China on consumer product safety and strengthens mechanisms for cooperation including:

  • Establishing formal information exchange mechanisms; and
  • Developing and implementing an action plan on priority issues of mutual concern.

The Minister also visited a consumer product laboratory that tests for toy safety, and a rehabilitation centre with Rick Hansen.

"We recognize that we live in a global community and that we must always work together to find solutions and to help each other," said Minister Aglukkaq. "There is so much we can offer each other."

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    613-957-2983
    or
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    Tim Vail
    613-957-0200
    or
    Public Inquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709