In June 2017, the National Health Minister was directed by Parliament to begin development of a national dementia strategy in tandem with provincial and territorial representatives. After two years of consultation, Canada’s national dementia strategy will be officially released June 2019.
Why does it matter?
Currently, more than half a million Canadians are living with dementia and by 2031, that number is projected to double. Canada needs a comprehensive and coordinated approach to research, treatment and care in order to provide the best possible outcomes for people living with dementia and their families.
A Community Investment
The federal government announced $20 million over five years, starting in 2018/19, to support community-based projects that address the challenges of dementia. The initiative, called the Dementia Community Investment project, aims to optimize the health and well-being of people living with dementia and their care partners through the development of resources that support self-care, new dementia-friendly approaches in assisted-living communities, innovative approaches to reducing stigma and more. [ ]