Despite a publicly funded healthcare system, access to timely and appropriate care can still be challenging for many individuals in Canada. Indigenous peoples, rural residents, low-income families, vulnerable groups such as women and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, and immigrant populations often confront these challenges daily, resulting in poorer health and diminished well-being.

Health disparities in Canada go beyond individual health issues - they underscore deeper societal injustices that undermine our social fabric. These inequities highlight the existence of systemic barriers and inequalities that weaken the overall health and well-being of Canadians from coast to coast.

Together, we possess the ability to shape a future where health and hope shine equally throughout our country.


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Public Health Agency of Canada, 2011, Reducing Health inequalities: A challenge for our Times
Canadian Medical Association, Indigenous health
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Public health agency of Canada, 2018, Key Health Inequalities in Canada – A national portrait