Guide to the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act

On June 22, 2017, Bill C-233 received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament, one of the laws of Canada.

The National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act was first introduced to Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill calling for all levels of government to work together to coordinate research, promote prevention and improve care.

The Act directs the federal Minister of Health to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy to address Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The strategy will:

  • develop specific national objectives;
  • encourage greater investment in research;
  • coordinate activities with international Alzheimer organizations; and,
  • help provinces develop clinical guidelines for treatment and best practices in dementia care that can be shared across the country.

The Minister of Health must convene a conference within 180 days of the Act’s adoption to develop the strategy in collaboration with provincial and territorial health officials, researchers, healthcare professionals, family caregivers, people living with dementia, the Alzheimer Society and other dementia advocacy organizations.

The Act also contains provisions for establishing an advisory board to guide the Minister of Health on matters related to dementia care. This board will consist of up to 15 members who would hold office for a three-year renewable term and meet at least twice annually. The Minister must report to Parliament on the effectiveness of the strategy within two years of the Act’s passage and on annual basis.

Bill C-233’s co-sponsors, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP Niagara Falls, and Rob Oliphant, MP Don Valley West, are to be commended for their leadership and support, as is the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology. They have been dedicated champions of the Bill on behalf of Canadians living with dementia, their families, and caregivers. 

Download a copy of the Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias .

Last Updated: 11/08/2017