Release a federal STBBI Implementation Plan oriented toward the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
Adequately support community-based organizations to implement elimination strategies.
Federal STBBI Implementation Plan
While most people living with viral hepatitis receive health coverage through their province or territory, 3 priority populations receive their health coverage from the federal government: Indigenous people, those in federal prisons, and some newcomers.
The federal government committed to releasing a federal STBBI Implementation Plan shortly after the release of the pan-Canadian STBBI Framework for Action (released in July 2018). A federal STBBI Action Plan was launched in July 2019, but includes no targets, no concrete actions, and no timelines. It is not an implementation plan.
This federal STBBI Implementation Plan, oriented toward the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, is a way for the federal government to take leadership on this important issue.
Adequate support for community-based organizations
Much of the work of carrying out an Implementation Plan will fall to community-based organizations.
The current funding through the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF), administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), will not go far enough.
Community-based organizations require adequate, stable funding in order to help the government meet our 2030 targets. This is a way for the federal government to ensure Implementation Plans are successful.