Tuberculosis has become the second greatest infectious disease killer behind COVID-19 (WHO 2021). As the collateral damage from the pandemic compounds with each wave, the most opportune moment for action is now. Despite Canada having some of the highest vaccination rates in the world, the pandemic’s end is stifled by an overwhelmed and underfunded health-care system. This double whammy has left Canada lagging behind on the road to recovery when compared with other countries who are less frugal with their health-care budget. Often thought of as a disease of the past, tuberculosis infections rates in Canada’s northern population of Inuit and Indigenous people are similar to those of low and middle-income nations. Recent regressions in tuberculosis funding coupled with poor access to health care has left Canada’s northern population disproportionately vulnerable. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is another culprit of rising cases globally. With World Tuberculosis Day coming up on March 24, we need to do more to raise awareness and facilitate research for new cures. Canada must make ambitious investments in support of programs that are instrumental in the fight to end tuberculosis such as TB REACH and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria. Ending the tuberculosis epidemic globally by 2030 is one of the Sustainable Development Goals the United Nations has set and if Canada doesn’t take the issue seriously, we’ll be fighting an uphill battle for the foreseeable future in our health-care system and across the globe. Fawad Ashraty Etobicoke, Ont.