Minister of Health publishes final report from the review panel
July 12, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada
In November 2020, the Minister of Health announced an independent panel would pursue the review of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN). Today, the Minister of Health released the panel’s final report.
The panel considered the current state of GPHIN’s capabilities, services, operations, and management. They conducted interviews with more than 55 individuals, including GPHIN analysts, former and current PHAC employees, provincial officials, international partners, and technical experts from both the public and private sector.
The final report from this review offers recommendations to prepare for future health events and improve public health surveillance tools at PHAC. The report includes specific recommendations to improve GPHIN operations and engagement with public health partners, and offers considerations to better integrate PHAC’s surveillance and risk assessment programs to better position the Agency to identify and respond to future health events that could affect Canadians.
These recommendations will inform the work underway at PHAC to review its processes and identify improvements, and to clarify and streamline the decision-making process for the issuance of GPHIN products, including alerts. The report will also inform work to respond to the GPHIN recommendation from the Auditor General from “Report 8 – Pandemic Preparedness, Surveillance, and Border Control Measures.”
This important work builds on the investments made by the Government of Canada to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and support the response to COVID-19. PHAC received $690.7 million over two years in the Fall 2020 Economic Statement to strengthen PHAC’s response and surge capacity, and has welcomed more than 1,000 new employees to bolster its capacity in a number of critical areas.