Health surveillance systems are key cornerstones to protecting populations from emerging public health threats. In Canada, these systems fall under shared responsibilities between local, federal, and provincial and territorial (FPT) agencies. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) creates the common elements to manage this system within a national framework to standardize data collection and voluntary sharing across provinces and territories. Provinces and territories have a lot of flexibility to implement their own policy interventions and public-health measures based on their risk assessment and context.
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