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health officer

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

The Chief Public Health Officer is the head of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The current Chief Public Health Officer is Dr. David Butler-Jones.

The Chief Public Health Officer is responsible for:

  • Providing leadership of the new Public Health Agency.
  • Providing advice to Ministers and, as appropriate, work with other federal departments and agencies, provincial/territorial governments, the international community, the public health community and Canadians on public health issues.
  • Assuming the role of the federal government spokesperson on public health issues, in particular, during public health emergencies.
  • Taking a leadership/advocacy role in national public health matters and citizen engagement in public health.

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