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Standing Committee on Health (HESA)
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39th Parliament, 2nd Session
October 16, 2007 - September 7, 2008

About this Committee


Like other standing committees, the Standing Committee on Health is appointed under the Standing Orders of the House of Commons for the life of a specific Parliament.  It was first established in this form in 1994 to reflect the fact that the Department of Health and Welfare had been separated into two components:  Health and Human Resources Development.  By November 1995, this departmental restructuring was formally recognized in Bill C-95 (Department of Health Act).

The Health Committee is empowered to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada. This includes responsibility for the operations of the internal body called the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).

In addition, the Health Committee provides oversight for five agencies that report to Parliament through the Minister of Health:

Among its multiple roles, the Standing Committee on Health can review the Estimates of Health Canada and all the associated agencies. Reports of the Auditor General of Canada related to health also contribute to the work of the Committee.