Federal framework on Lyme disease conference

Canada is holding a conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease. Learn when it will be held and what activities will help us to create a framework for Lyme disease.

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About the conference

This conference is mandated by the Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act.

The conference's aim is to develop a framework that will help prevent and reduce Lyme disease-related health risks to Canadians. It will focus on:

  • medical surveillance for tracking:
    • incidence rates
    • associated economic costs
  • standardized educational materials:
    • for use by Canadian public health providers
    • to increase national awareness
  • guidelines and best practices regarding:
    • treatment
    • prevention
    • identification
    • management

On behalf of the Minister of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada will open the conference. Participants will include:

  • provincial and territorial health ministers
  • stakeholders, including representatives of:
    • patient groups
    • the medical community

Planning activities

We started a number of planning activities to help us develop the framework and to support the conference.

Online consultation

A 30-day online consultation was launched on June 1, 2015. Its purpose was to collect feedback from Canadians who expressed an interest in contributing to the framework.

A summary report from the consultation will be made available online after the conference.

Best Brains Exchange workshop

In late June 2015, a Best Brains Exchange 1-day workshop was held. Workshop participants included:

  • clinicians
  • academics
  • researchers
  • policy makers

These experts reviewed the effectiveness of current Lyme disease testing to identify needed changes.

The workshop outcomes will be posted when they become available.

Planning committee

A planning committee was formed to organize the conference with help from the:

  • Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada

Members include:

  • Gregory W. Taylor
    Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Daniel Gregson
    Past-President, Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada
  • Jim Wilson
    President and Founder, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • George Chaconas
    Canada Research Chair, Molecular Biology of Lyme Borreliosis
  • Gwen Barlee
    National Policy Director, Spokesperson for the Wilderness Committee
  • Marguerite Glazer
    Association Québécoise de la maladie de Lyme
  • Vett Lloyd
    Professor of Biology, Mount Allison University
  • Ralph Hawkins
    Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Richard Rusk
    Central Medical Officer of Health Services, Communicable Disease Control, Manitoba Health
  • Marc Ouellette
    Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Joel Kettner
    Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Gerald Evans
    Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University

Planning committee updates are posted here when they become available.

Conference overview and agenda

The conference will take place May 15 to 17, 2016, at the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa (111 Sussex Drive). It is open to the public.

The agenda is now available online.

Advance registration is recommended as seating is limited. However, on-site registration will be available. If you are unable to attend in person, online viewing will be available.  

Please email the Conference Secretariat to learn more about this option.

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This conference has been accredited by the:

  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Accreditation allows for professional credits to be earned for attending.

Credits for family physicians

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It has been accredited by Queen's University for up to 10 MAINPRO-M1 credits.

Credits for specialists

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1). This is defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It is approved by Queen's University. You may claim a maximum of 10 hours.

Credits for health care providers

This is an accredited learning activity which provides up to 10 hours of continuing education for health care providers.

How to register

To register for the conference and public forum, please complete the PDF fillable form. Then email the completed form to the Conference Secretariat (mobile devices may require users to download a PDF app). If you are unable to use the PDF form, please contact us.

Registered participants will receive a confirmation email including materials in advance of the conference.

You can view the conference online if you are unable to attend in person. Select this option on the registration form, and details will be sent to you closer to the conference date.

Travel funding

The deadline for travel funding applications is now passed. Applications that have been submitted will continue to be reviewed.

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