Pharmacare: Now more urgent than ever!

Canada needs universal, public pharmacare now more than ever. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 20% of Canadian households were struggling to pay for their medication. The mass layoffs triggered by the pandemic have now left millions more people without work-based drug plans.

Last fall, over 175 national and provincial/territorial organizations signed a joint statement calling on the federal government to implement a universal, public pharmacare program based on the report of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare led by Dr. Eric Hoskins. Given the current crisis, the government must speed up the implementation of the Council’s recommendations.

As an emergency first step towards universal pharmacare, we’re calling on the federal government to immediately implement phase 1 of the Council’s report by providing public coverage for essential medicines for everyone in Canada. The government must also commit to implementing phase 2 by adopting a full, comprehensive public pharmacare program within its current mandate.

Canadians are counting on the government to help them get through this crisis. Pharmacare must be part of the government’s COVID-related supports. This urgently needed program will help keep people healthy and out of the hospital, and will help ease the financial burden on households. Universal, public pharmacare will save money and lives.

Canada needs pharmacare now!


*Organizations can still add their signature here.

National organizations

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights / Action Canada pour la santé et les droits sexuels
Air Canada Pionairs
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians / L’Alliance pour l’égalité des personnes aveugles du Canada
Broadbent Institute
Canada Without Poverty / Canada Sans Pauvreté
Canadian AIDS Society / Société canadienne du sida
Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
Canadian Association of Social Workers / Association canadienne des travailleurs sociaux
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives / Centre canadien de politiques alternatives
Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Canadian Federation of Musicians / Fédération canadienne des musiciens
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions / FCSII
Canadian Federation of Students / Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants
Canadian Health Coalition / Coalition canadienne de la santé
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network / Réseau juridique canadien VIH/SIDA
Canadian Medical Association / Association canadienne médicale
Canadian Nursing Students’ Association / Association des étudiant(e)s infirmier(ère)s du Canada
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union / Syndicat des employées et employés professionnels
Canadians for Tax Fairness
Children’s Healthcare Canada
Child Care Now / Un enfant, Une place
Citizens for Public Justice / Citoyens pour une politique juste
Communist Party of Canada / Parti communiste du Canada
Community Food Centres Canada / Centres communautaires d’alimentation du Canada
Congress of Union Retirees of Canada / Association des syndicalistes à la retraite du Canada
Council of Canadians with Disabilities / Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences
CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) / SCFP (Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique)
Faces of Pharmacare
Global Foundation For Social Harmony and Sustainability
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) / AIEST
Inter Pares
Millennial Womxn in Policy
National Association of Women and the Law / Association nationale Femmes et Droit
National Council of Women of Canada / Conseil national de femmes du Canada
National Farmers Union / Union Nationale des Fermiers
National Pensioners Federation / Fédération nationale des retraités
National Union of Public and General Employees / Syndicat national des employées et employés généraux et du secteur public
Pediatric Chairs of Canada
Patient Critical Coop
Pharmacare 2020
Polaris Institute
Public Service Alliance of Canada / Alliance de la fonction publique du Canada
SEIU Healthcare
The CML Society of Canada / La Societé canadienne LMC
The Council of Canadians / Le Conseil des Canadiens
The Obstetric Justice Project
United Church of Canada / L’Église Unie du Canada
United Steelworkers / Syndicat des Métallos
Women’s Shelters Canada / Hébergement femmes Canada

Provincial/Territorial organizations

AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception
AIDS Committee Newfoundland & Labrador
Alberta Council on Aging
Alberta Community Council on HIV (ACCH)
Alberta Federation of Union Retirees / Fédération des syndicalistes retraités de l’Alberta
Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
Alternatives North
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Association of BC College Pension Plan Retirees
BC Federation of Retired Union Members (BC FORUM)
BC Government and Services Employees
BC Health Coalition
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
BC Retired Teachers’ Association
BC Rural Health Network
British Columbia Nurses Union
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO)
Coalition solidarité santé
Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization of BC
Centrale des syndicats du Québec
Decent Work and Health Network
Disability Alliance BC
Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes
Fight for $15 & Fairness / Lutte pour 15$
First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition
Friends of Medicare (Alberta)
Health Providers Against Poverty
Health Sciences Association of Alberta / L’Association de la science de la santé de l’Alberta
Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
Hemophilia Ontario
HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Hospital Employees’ Union
MacKillop Centre for Social Justice
Manitoba Federation of Labour
Manitoba Health Coalition / Coalition manitobaine de la santé
Manitoba Nurses Union
Médecin Québécois pour le régime public
NB Federation of Labour / FTTNB
New Brunswick Nurses Union / Syndicat des infirmières et infirmiers du Nouveau-Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners
NL Seniors Coalition
Northern Territories Federation of Labour
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union
Nova Scotia Health Coalition
Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union
OCASI-Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
OHIP for All
Ontario AIDS Network
Ontario Federation of Labour / Fédération du travail de l’Ontario
Ontario Health Coalition
Ontario Nurses’ Association
Pacific AIDS Network
Pacific Hepatitis C Network
Parent Support Services Society of BC
PEI Federation of Labour
PEI Health Coalition
Planned Parenthood NL Sexual Health Centre
Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union
Prince Edward Island Retired Teachers Association
Public Interest Alberta
Quebec Accessible
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario / Association des infirmières et infirmiers autorisés de l’Ontario
Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador
Retired Teachers Organization of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union
Retired Teachers’ Association of Newfoundland & Labrador / Association d’enseignants retraités de Terre-Neuve et Labrador
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia
Seniors United Now
Sexual Health Nova Scotia
Table des regroupements provinciaux d’organismes communautaires et bénévoles
United Nurses of Alberta
Workers’ Action Centre
YouthCO HIV and Hep C Society

Local organizations

Action santé Outaouais
AIDS Committee of Durham Region
AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
AIDS Committee of Windsor
BC Government Retired Employees Association Branch 800, New Westminster & District
BCTF Local 2 Cranbrook District Teachers’ Association
Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
Bruce House
Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain-CSN
Council of Canadians Campbell River Chapter
Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter
Council of Canadians Medicine Hat Chapter
Council of Canadians Prince Albert Chapter
East Shore Kootenay Lake Community Health Society
Edmonton Area Council, Congress of Union Retirees of Canada
Edmonton & District Labour Council
Edmonton Raging Grannies
HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health
IATSE Local 168
IBEW Local 230
Kenora Seniors Coalition
Moyo Health and Community Services
New Westminster & District Labour Council
Peterborough AIDS Resource Network
Red Deer & District Labour Council
RIOCM / Regroupement intersectoriel des organismes communautaires de Montréal
Saskatoon Sexual Health
Seniors’ Action and Liaison Team
Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
Surrey Board of Trade
Table des organismes communautaires montréalais de lutte contre le sida (TOMS)
Third Age Centre
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation
UFCW Local 175
UFCW Local 633
Victoria Raging Grannies
Voices of Burnaby Seniors Society
Wallaceburg-Wapole Island Health Coalition
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC


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