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.