UPDATE FOR MEMBERS OF TVAC
Earlier today, Health Canada published the details for the changes to the Thalidomide Support Program that was previously announced in January.
Even though the government made this announcement a few months ago, it takes time to formally make the changes and finalize the details which are made by the Cabinet by an “Order-in-Council”. This has now been completed, and you can access the formal “Order-in-Council” by clicking here:
For existing survivors, there are three things to highlight:
As well, the government has moved forward with important changes on how potential survivors of Thalidomide will be assessed in the future. This is an issue that the Taskforce raised since 2014, and has been the subject of ongoing discussions with Health Canada. The third-party administrator will be responsible for this new assessment process, and additional information is contained in the links above.
These are important and positive improvements to the program.