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e-4248 (Health)

Initiated by Justin Singer from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The COVID-19 pandemic continues to put an unsustainable level of strain on Canada’s public health system;
  • First-generation mRNA vaccines do not entirely eliminate the danger of post-acute sequelae from COVID-19 infections; and
  • Leading WHO officials have suggested that we may be well-positioned to end the COVID-19 pandemic in 2023. They emphasize, however, that this will require vigilance and effort.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens and residents of Canada, members of the scientific and public health communities, and advocates for evidence-based public policy, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Bring provincial health care systems into compliance with the criteria of public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility, as outlined in the Canada Health Act;
2. Provide a large boost of funding and other necessary resources to accelerate the roll-out of variant-proof, pan-sarbecovirus, pan-betacoronavirus, and nasally-administered COVID-19 vaccines, and to facilitate the development of new post-infection therapeutics;
3. Enforce air quality standards for all public buildings, and provide funding for the resources needed to maintain these standards, such as HEPA air purifiers and carbon dioxide monitors. Incorporate air quality standards into existing workplace health and safety regulations;
4. Institute universal mandatory paid sick leave of at least two weeks;
5. Reinstate mask mandates in all indoor public spaces. Emphasize the goal of limiting the spread of infections in order to buy time until the widespread implementation of air quality improvement measures is achieved in indoor public spaces, and more effective vaccines and therapeutics become available;
6. Implement a permanent, nation-wide vaccine campaign in order to counteract the influence of anti-vaccine misinformation and habituate the public toward stay up-to-date of COVID-19 vaccines; and
7. Get Canada’s international partners on board with a coordinated “final push.”
Open for signature
June 2, 2023, at 5:05 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 30, 2023, at 5:05 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway)
June 7, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02545)
Photo - Don Davies
Vancouver Kingsway
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia