Joint statement from Ministers Hajdu and Blair on the Auditor General of Canada's performance audit on pandemic preparedness and response

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OTTAWA, ON, March 25, 2021 /CNW/ - The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement today after the tabling of the report by the Auditor General of Canada on the performance audit on pandemic preparedness and response:

"We thank the Auditor General for her important work. During this pandemic, the Government of Canada has adapted its response as the world learned more about the virus. It is critical that the lessons learned from our response help Canada improve. This is why today we confirm to Canadians that the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) accept all the recommendations from this audit.

To protect Canadians, PHAC and CBSA have adapted their response over the course of this pandemic, from mobilizing public health measures to working quickly to implement new rules and provide guidance. To strengthen their response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada has provided funding and resources, including $690.7 million over two years in the Fall 2020 Economic Statement. This funding and the lessons learned will allow CBSA and the Public Health Agency to keep adjusting their approach, informed by the latest available scientific evidence and epidemiology– with the objective of always keeping Canadians safe."

Quick facts:

  • The Auditor General's audit covered the period of January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Since June 2020, PHAC and CBSA have taken further action, and work is already underway relating to the audit recommendations, such as:

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., C.O.M., M.P.

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada


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