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A Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance

Canadians are proud of our publicly funded health care system, which is based on need and not ability to pay. However, prescription drugs are not covered in a consistent way across the country, and too many Canadians cannot afford the medicines they need.

In Budget 2018, the Government established an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare (“the Council”), led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, to provide independent advice on how to best implement national pharmacare in a manner that is affordable for Canadians and their families, employers and governments.


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Why are we talking about epilepsy during the 2018 Ontario election?

Families that are touched by epilepsy in Ontario need support programs and community education. Programs that help people understand their epilepsy and how to manage it, reduce seizure frequency and unnecessary hospital visits, and help them live well in the community need to be a priority for the next government. Ontario’s Community Epilepsy Agencies are already providing these programs, but with limited resources and need provincial funding to maintain and expand programs for people living with epilepsy.


How You Can Help!

Reach out to party leaders and your local provincial election candidates. Let your voice be heard that you support Epilepsy Community Education and Support Programs and you want to see the next government make funding them a priority. You can send an email,

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Epilepsy Durham Region is excited for an entire month of Purple Fun, particularly for National Epilepsy Awareness Day, Purple Day! Celebrate with us - show us your purple pictures, raise some awareness at your school or work place, or host a fun event to fundraise for Epilepsy Durham Region! Register today to take part in Purple Day Fun and show people with Epilepsy that you care!

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In their 20th year, the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance extended a warm recognition to Epilepsy Durham Region for their contributions and partnership in making Canada a better place to live for persons with Epilepsy.


"As the Canadian Epilepsy marks its 20th Anniversary this year, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to your agency for your ongoing support and involvement as part of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance/ Alliance canadienne de l’épilepsie (CEA/ACE).

In the true spirit of the CEA/ACE, agencies from across Canada have contributed time and resources to make Canada a better place to live for persons with Epilepsy."


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In 2017, the Town provided over $150,000 in grants to more than 30 local community organizations through the Mayor’s Community Development Fund (MCDF) and Performing Arts Community Development Fund (PACDF).


“We are proud to have contributed to a wide variety of important causes and initiatives that help keep Whitby a vibrant, safe and caring community,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “This year, we look forward to once again supporting as many organizations as possible.”


This year, Epilepsy Durham Region has been selected as one of two lead causes for the Mayor's 2018 Fundraiser, being awarded $25,000 to support our Clinic to Community (C2C) Project, a co-ordinated care approach that better connects socially isolated people living with epilepsy to the epilepsy community.


Thank you to the Mayor's Community Development Fund for their investment into C2C, ensuring optimal quality of life for people with epilepsy in


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