In an advertising and social media campaign launched on April 12, life sciences industry associations, researchers and top national and regional business organizations are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to work together to create a world-class life sciences sector which will enhance Canada’s resilience in the face of future health challenges and ultimately help ensure our health and economic security.
“We are asking for a constructive dialogue to create the positive environment needed so Canada can build on its already strong life sciences industry and be ready to respond to future health emergencies as we have had to do with COVID-19 over the past year,” said Dr. Jason Field, President and CEO of Life Sciences Ontario, which helped organize the new initiative.
Nineteen heads of different life sciences, research and business organizations signed an open letter to the Prime Minister saying, “Canada should be on the frontlines of developing and manufacturing new vaccines, therapies and other technologies” so Canadians can always enjoy their important everyday moments of meeting and gathering with friends and families. “Prime Minister, we can work with you to build a world-class life sciences sector to make this happen.”
The letter calls for the development of a coherent life sciences strategy in Canada, including more collaboration to solve the pandemic today and future health challenges as well as to create less uncertain and complex regulations that are blocking Canadian companies’ ability to “move at the speed of science.”
Signatories to the letter – which could grow in number in the coming weeks – include the following leading organizations:
Bioscience Association Manitoba
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Health Research Forum
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
Innovative Medicines Canada
Life Sciences Ontario
Mississauga Board of Trade
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Prince Edward Island BioAlliance
The Canadian Forum for Rare Disease Innovators (RAREi)