Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections and illnesses by stopping or slowing the growth of bacteria. When antibiotic resistance develops, the antibiotics normally used may not work as well or can fail.

Antibiotic resistance (sometimes referred to as antimicrobial resistance) is a growing problem in Canada and the world. This is because some bacteria that cause infections and illnesses are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

About antibiotic resistance

Learn what antibiotic resistance is and how it happens.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria & illnesses

Antibiotic resistance occurs in many types of illnesses and bacteria. Learn which types have been most affected.

Impacts of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance puts our health at risk and strains our healthcare system. Find out who is affected the most.

Prevention of antibiotic resistance

Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Learn about the role healthcare professionals play in fighting antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance research & surveillance

Find information on how antibiotic use and resistance are researched and monitored in Canada.

Awareness materials

Includes print-ready and online resources to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance.

What we are doing

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