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Minister of Health (Canada)

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.

Minister of Health
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Ginette Petitpas Taylor

since August 28, 2017
Department of Health
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderDavid Dingwall
FormationJuly 12, 1996
Salary$255,300 (2017)[1]

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

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.

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



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1   David Dingwall July 12, 1996 June 10, 1997 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2   Allan Rock June 11, 1997 January 14, 2002 Liberal
3   Anne McLellan January 15, 2002 December 11, 2003 Liberal
4   Pierre Pettigrew December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
5   Ujjal Dosanjh July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
6   Tony Clement February 6, 2006 October 29, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
7   Leona Aglukkaq October 30, 2008 July 15, 2013 Conservative
8   Rona Ambrose July 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative
9   Jane Philpott November 4, 2015 August 28, 2017 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)
10   Ginette Petitpas Taylor August 28, 2017 Incumbent Liberal


  1. ^ "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Parliament of Canada.
  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.

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