Canadian Health Coalition

Secure the Future of Medicare: A Call to Care


Health care in Canada is a fundamental right without distinction of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, political belief, immigration status, and economic or social condition. Organizations representing millions of Canadians will mobilize to defend this right and to ensure that the following principles shape the direction of the Health Accord renewal:

  1. The recognition of the highest attainment of health as a fundamental right throughout life and the necessity of preserving public health through active measures of promotion, prevention, and protection including such determinants as housing, food safety, income, education, environment, employment and peace.
  2. The recognition that many Aboriginal people have a poor health status and a high burden of disease. The current system is failing and requires a transformation of the relationship between Canada and its Aboriginal people to find solutions together. The Aboriginal people must be at the First Ministers discussions on the Health Accord as these solutions involve all levels of government.
  3. The recognition of health care as a public good for which no financial barriers must be erected. We affirm the need for a system of public health care which is organized on the basis of public administration, public insurance and the delivery of services on a public, not-for-profit basis.
  4. Opposition to any commercialization and privatization of health care. Therefore the federal government must negotiate a general exclusion of health services and health insurance from all trade agreements.
  5. The need for the federal government to fully assume its responsibilities in respect to health, particularly by securing the adequate and predictable federal health transfers and enforcement of the Canada Health Act.
  6. The reaffirmation of the original vision of a truly comprehensive public health care system for Canadians providing a continuum of services. The next steps are the expansion of the public system to include a universal Pharmacare plan, a system of home and community care, long-term care, and a strategy for mental health.
  7. The need to move towards a community-based, multi-disciplinary team approach to the management, organization and delivery of services, especially in primary care. Levels of services must be sufficient so that the burden of care does not fall on families, mainly women.
  8. An accountable health care system through democratic participation and transparent governance at all levels.
  9. The recognition that health care workers are critical to the effective operation of the health care system and that decent wages and working conditions are essential to high quality care.

We come together to commit to ensuring that governments throughout Canada renew their commitment to protect and expand Canada’s public health care system to meet the present and future needs of all people living in Canada, based on the principles (public administration, universality, comprehensiveness, accessibility and portability) and conditions (no extra billing or user fees, or queue-jumping) of the Canada Health Act. Regardless of where we live, it is now imperative to reaffirm the social values we all share. These values must guide our collective choices for future of health care. What stands between Medicare and its destruction are the peoples of Canada. Future generations are depending on our vigilance.

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(Updated: 25/03/2014)

    Action santé Outaouais
    Alberta Friends of Medicare
    Alliance Against Poverty
    Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux
    Alliance of Seniors to Protect Canada’s Social Programs
    Alternative to Racism Society of Vancouver
    Alternatives North
    American Income Life Insurance Company
    Association coopérative d’économie familiale de Québec
    Association coopérative d’économie familiale du Nord de Montréal
    Association des locataires de Sherbrooke
    Association for the visually impared of the Estrie county inc.
    Association of Jewish Seniors
    Association of Ontario Health Centres
    B.C. Forum
    B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union
    B.C. Health Coalition
    Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living
    Cambridge Provincial NDP Riding Association
    Canada’s National Interest Council
    Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
    Canadian Association of Retired Teachers
    Canadian Association of Retired Teachers – BC Division
    Canadian Association of Social Workers
    Canadian Auto Workers
    Canadian Auto Workers – Skilled Trades Council
    Canadian Auto Workers Local 1106
    Canadian Auto Workers Local 1325 – Retired Workers Chapter
    Canadian Auto Workers Local 1520 – Retired Workers Chapter
    Canadian Auto Workers Local 229
    Canadian Auto Workers Local 27 (Retiree Chapter)
    Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
    Canadian Doctors for Medicare
    Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
    Canadian Federation of University Women
    Canadian Harm Reduction Network
    Canadian Health Coalition
    Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat
    Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
    Canadian Institute of Islamic Studies and Muslim Immigrant Aid
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Canadian Labour Congress Pensioners’ and Retirees’ Association
    Canadian Pensioners Concerned
    Canadian Union of Public Employees
    Canadian Union of Public Employees – Québec
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 57 (Guelph General Hospital)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1302 (Queen’s University Library Technicians)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1999 (Lakeridge Health)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2119 (Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4480 (Lanark County Paramedics)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4980 (Yorkton Saskatchewan, Sunrise Health Region)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 894 (Group Health Centre, Sault Ste. Marie)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 79 (City of Toronto, Bridgepoint Hospital, and Toronto Community Housing Corporation)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4186 (London District Catholic School Board)
    Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4457 (Union Employees and staff of professors of UQAC)
    Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice
    Canadian Women’s Health Network
    Care Watch
    Caribbean Canadian Seniors
    CAW Local 229 Retirees Chapter-Thunder Bay
    Centrale des syndicats du Québec
    Centre for Senior Information BC Interior Society
    Chatham Kent Health Coalition
    Citizens for Public Justice
    Coalition des associations de consommateurs du Québec
    Coalition des tables régionales d’organismes communautaires
    Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
    Coalition Solidarité Santé
    Comité des travailleurs accidentés de l’Estrie
    Comité des travailleurs et travailleuses accidenté(e)s de l’Estrie
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 433
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 593
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 6
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 7
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 914
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 591G
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 401
    Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities
    Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec
    Confédération des syndicats nationaux
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada – Burlington Chapter
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada – Hamilton Chapter
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada – London Chapter
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada – Oakville Chapter
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada – Stratford Chapter
    Congress of Union Retirees of Canada – Woodstock Chapter
    Congress of Union Retirees–Thunder Bay
    Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain
    Conseil provincial des affaires sociales
    Conseil régional FTQ Montréal métropolitain
    Cornwall & District Labour Council
    Council of Canadians
    Council of Canadians – Brockville Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Guelph Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Kawarthas Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Peterborough Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Quill Plains Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Toronto Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Red Deer AB and Area Chapter
    Council of Canadians – Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter
    Council of Senior Citizen’s Organization (BC)
    Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
    Department of Community Development and Social Work, Algoma University
    Education and Practice Narratives in the Health Professions
    Elder Connections
    Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
    Ethical Action Committee
    Federation CJA Social Advocacy Committee
    Fédération de la santé du Québec
    Fédération des femmes du Québec
    Fédération des syndicats de la santé et des services sociaux
    Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec
    Friends of Medicare
    Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain
    Guardian Angels Program
    Guelph Wellington Health Coalition
    Habayit Shelanu Seniors
    Hamilton Health Coalition
    Health Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador
    Health for All
    Health Nexus
    Health Providers Against Poverty
    Health Sciences Association of Alberta
    Health Sciences Association of B.C.
    Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
    Hospital Employee’s Union
    Illusion-Emploi de l’Estrie
    Inter Pares
    InterChurch Health Ministries Canada
    International Association of Fire Fighters
    International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
    Jamaican Canadian Association
    Jewish Senior Alliance
    Kamloops Health Coalition
    Kingston Faith & Justice Coalition
    Korean Inter-agency Network
    L’Association coopérative d’économie familiale de
    Les AmiEs de la terre de l’Estrie
    Les Frères et Soeurs d’Émile-Nelligan
    London and District Labour council
    London Health Coalition
    London Region Area Council of the Congress of Union Retirees Canada
    Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle
    MacKillop Centre for Social Justice
    Manitoba Nurses Union
    Médecins québécois pour le régime public
    Medical Reform Group
    Mnaamodzawin Health Services
    N.S. Citizens’ Health Care Network
    National Association of Women and the Law
    National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation
    National Union of Public and General Employees
    New Brunswick Federation of Union Retirees
    New Brunswick Health Coalition
    New Brunswick Nurses Union
    New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees
    Newfoundland & Labrador Nurses Union
    Niagara Regional Labour Council
    North End Community Health Centre
    North York Latino Americano Seniors
    Northern AIDS Connection
    Northern Waters Presbytery
    Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union
    Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group
    Nova Scotia Teachers Union
    Oakville/Mississauga KAIROS Group
    Occupy Hamilton
    Older Canadians Network
    Older Women’s Network
    Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
    Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Ontario Federation of Union Retirees
    Ontario Health Coalition
    Ontario Humanist Society
    Ontario Nurses’ Association
    Ontario Public Service Employees Union
    Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
    Ottawa Raging Grannies
    PEI Health Coalition
    Peterborough and District Labour Council
    Peterborough and District Labour Council
    Ploughshares Ottawa
    Politics Re-Spun
    Positive Living BC
    Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour
    Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union
    Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation
    Provincial Council of Women of Ontario
    PSAC Local 610 (UWO Graduate Teaching Assistants Union)
    Public Health Social Justice Collective
    Public Service Alliance of Canada
    Québec Provincial Association of Retired Educators
    Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
    Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario
    Regroupement des Associations des Personnes Handicapées de la Gaspésie et des Îles inc.
    Regroupement des organismes communautaires
    Regroupement québécois des CALACS
    Retired Teachers of Ontario (District 3 Algoma)
    Retired Teachers’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
    Retired Teachers’ Association of Alberta
    Retired Teachers’ Association of B.C.
    Retired Teachers’ Association New Brunswick
    Retired Teachers’ Association of Prince Edward Island
    Retired Teachers’ Association of Quebec (QART)
    Riverdale’s Seniors Council
    RNAO – Parish Nursing Interest Group
    Saint John and Area KAIROS
    Sarnia and District Labour Council
    Saskatchewan Health Coalition
    Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
    Saskatoon Community Clinic
    Sault Ste. Marie Federal NDP Riding Association
    Sault Ste. Marie Provincial NDP Riding Association
    SCommunications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 29
    Seniors Health Advisory Committee
    Service budgétaire de St-Félicien
    Service Employees International Union – SEIU-West
    Sierra Club Canada
    Société des enseignantes et des enseignants retraités francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
    Solidarité populaire Estrie
    Solidarité populaire Estrie
    Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Federal NDP association
    Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Provincial NDP association
    Stratford and District Labour Council
    Students for Medicare
    Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan
    Syndicat des infirmières, inhalothérapeutes et infirmières auxiliaires
    Table d’action contre l’appauvrissement de l’Estrie
    Table des regroupements provinciaux d’organismes communautaires et bénévoles
    Table régionale des centres de femmes de Montréal métropolitain-Laval
    The Council of Canadians, Calgary Chapter
    The Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization BC
    The Northern Waters Presbytery Peace and Justice Circle of the United Church of Canada
    The Union of Canadian CAW Staff Representatives
    Thunder Bay Health Coalition
    Timmins and District Labour Council
    Toronto and Area Council of Women
    Toronto Council on Aging
    Toronto Health Coalition
    Toronto Seniors Assembly
    Toronto Seniors Forum
    Union des consommateurs
    United Church of Canada
    United Food and Commercial Workers Union
    United Nurses of Alberta
    United Steelworkers
    University of Regina Academic and Administrative Pensioners Association
    Vancouver Cross Cultural Senior Network
    Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society
    Wellness Training Services
    Windsor Essex Health Coalition
    Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
    York University Graduate Students’ Association