Minister of Health (Canada)

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Minister of Health
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Ginette Petitpas Taylor

since August 28, 2017
Department of Health
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder David Dingwall
FormationJuly 12, 1996
Salary$255,300 (2017) [1]
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The Minister of Health (French : Ministre de la Santé) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing health-focused government agencies including Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as enforcing the Canada Health Act (the law governing Canada's universal health care system). The current Minister of Health is Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe.

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The Minister of Health is responsible for maintaining and improving the health of Canadians. This is supported by the Health Portfolio which comprises:

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The Health Portfolio consists of approximately 12,500 full-time equivalent employees and an annual budget of over $3.8 billion. [2]


Prior to 1944, the responsibilities of the current Health portfolio were part of the now-defunct post of Minister of Pensions and National Health. From 1944 to 1997, the post was known as the Minister of National Health and Welfare.

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Jane Philpott was the first medical doctor to hold the post. [3]



   Liberal Party of Canada
   Conservative Party of Canada
No.PortraitNameTerm of officePolitical partyMinistry
1 No image.svg David Dingwall July 12, 1996June 10, 1997 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Allan-rock-wLKc.jpg Allan Rock June 11, 1997January 14, 2002Liberal
3 FEMA - 14172 Anne McLellan cropped.jpg Anne McLellan January 15, 2002December 11, 2003Liberal
4 PierrePettigrew.JPG Pierre Pettigrew December 12, 2003July 19, 2004Liberal 27 (Martin)
5 Ujjal Dosanjh in New Delhi - 2014 (cropped).jpg Ujjal Dosanjh July 20, 2004February 5, 2006Liberal
6 Tony Clement 2012 B.jpg Tony Clement February 6, 2006October 29, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
7 Minister Leona Aglukkaq.jpg Leona Aglukkaq October 30, 2008July 15, 2013Conservative
8 RonaAmbrose EdmontonLRTOpening 25April2009 (cropped).jpg Rona Ambrose July 15, 2013November 4, 2015Conservative
9 Jane Philpott (cropped).jpg Jane Philpott November 4, 2015August 28, 2017 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)
10 Ginette Petitpas-Taylor.jpg Ginette Petitpas Taylor August 28, 2017Incumbent Liberal

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  2. "Health Portfolio". Government of Canada. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  3. "Jane Philpott, first MD to be named health minister, on mission to help poor". National Post. Retrieved 5 November 2015.