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Online Resources Related to Feature Article 665, Generic Drug Pricing in Canada

Canada’s First Ministers established the Health Council of Canada in the 2003 Accord on Health Care Renewal and enhanced its role in the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The Health Council reports on the progress of health care renewal, on the health status of Canadians, and on the health outcomes of our system. Its goal is to provide a system-wide perspective on health care reform for the Canadian public, with particular attention to accountability and transparency.

Generic drug pricing in Canada

I What are generic drugs?
II Why are generic drugs an issue now?
III Six critical factors
IV How can we fix this?

Submitted by John G. Abbott, CEO, Health Council of Canada

I What are generic drugs?

A generic drug is a drug which is produced and distributed without patent protection. These drugs have the same medicinal ingredients as the original brand-name products, but may contain different non-medicinal ingredients.  

Organizations Related to Feature 662


Ophea is a not-for-profit organization led by the vision that all kids value, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living. Ophea works in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-government organizations, and private sector organizations to develop groundbreaking programs and services that support healthy active schools and communities. Their website is at

Ontario Ministry of Education

It’s Not Just Gym Anymore


I Introduction
II Report card on physical activity
III Health and physical education
IV How the curriculum was developed
V What’s in the curriculum?
VI The challenge now

--submitted by Chris Markham, Executive Director and C.E.O., (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) Ophea

I Introduction

National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada

For more information, visit

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health supports Aboriginal communities across Canada in realizing their health goals and reducing the health inequities that currently exist for Aboriginal people.

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) promotes social justice and health for all at

Knowing What Works. Doing What Works: An Introduction to the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools


I Introduction
II What is evidence-informed public health?
III Why implement EIPH?
IV How can the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) help you implement EIPH?
V More about the NCCMT

- by Jeannie Mackintosh, Communication Coordinator, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

I Introduction

Past NCCPH Events

Early Child Development Forum: Exploring the Contribution of Public Health Home Visiting explored effective strategies for public health home visits. The forum held in Saskatoon in October, 2008, was the first of its kind and was attended by 120 participants from across Canada. More information at

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health: Strengthening public health by learning from each other


I Introduction
II Background to the NCCPH
III National Collaborating Centres
IV What’s next for the NCCPH?
V Get involved
VI Reference

--submitted by Jeannie Mackintosh, Communications Coordinator, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) and Mylène Maguire, Communications Coordinator, National Collaborating Centre for Public Health (NCCPH)

I Introduction

Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols

The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection.

The OPHS and Protocols are for boards of health and are published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

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