Action plan on Lyme disease

The Government of Canada is committed to reducing the risk to Canadians posed by Lyme disease. It has therefore developed an Action Plan on Lyme Disease. It is using the action plan as a platform for greater collaboration with provincial and territorial health authorities. The Government of Canada continues to collaborate with partners and stakeholders.

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Action plan pillars

The action plan focuses on three pillars:

  • engagement, education and awareness
  • surveillance, prevention and control
  • research and diagnosis

Engagement, education and awareness

The Government of Canada has developed a comprehensive public awareness plan to educate and raise awareness on Lyme disease.

The plan covers these activities:

  • an advertising campaign that targets health professionals, Canadians who practice outdoor activities and parents
  • stakeholder outreach, including the dissemination of a comprehensive toolkit of educational materials for a range of users, including public health professionals
  • media engagement, including interviews with experts
  • stakeholder engagement, including conference presentations and webinars
  • social media activities, such as the release of messages through Facebook, Twitter and blogs

The Government of Canada is actively engaging provincial and territorial health authorities and other stakeholders to coordinate a national communications response to Lyme disease. This is to better protect Canadians.

Surveillance, prevention and control

The Government of Canada has a well-established approach to national surveillance for both ticks and human cases of Lyme disease. It measures the number of cases and identifies where Lyme disease is present. To learn more about Lyme disease surveillance, visit the Surveillance of Lyme disease page.

Research and diagnosis

The Government of Canada is committed to enhancing its understanding of how Lyme disease behaves. It is also committed to supporting medical professionals and provincial laboratories in their diagnoses of the disease.

Through examination of evidence-based research, the Government of Canada continues to look at:

  • new methods of controlling the ticks that carry and spread Lyme disease
  • improved diagnostic methods, as they become available
  • the strains and species of tick-borne pathogens, their geographic locations, and their possible implications for diagnosis and disease severity

Laboratory diagnostic guidelines are under review and will be updated as required.

The Government of Canada recognizes that there is much to learn about Lyme disease in Canada. It continues to work with domestic and international stakeholders to explore new science and research. This is to better detect, diagnose and treat Lyme disease in Canadians.

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