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The Government of Canada is investing in University of New Brunswick and Clinic 554 research on barriers to access to abortion, and invites organizations that improve access to sexual and reproductive health care to apply for federal funding


FRÉDERICTON, NB, August 3, 2021 / CNW / – No matter where they live, Canadians deserve access to sexual and reproductive health services and resources. It is also essential that we support those who face the greatest barriers to accessing these services and resources, including women, youth, 2SLGBTQIA + people, racialized Canadians and Indigenous peoples.

That is why, today, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, with Jenica Atwin, deputy of Fredericton, announce research funding at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and Clinic 554, and invite organizations that improve access to sexual and reproductive health care to apply for funding.

To help health care providers have access to accurate and up-to-date data on access to abortion services in New Brunswick, the government of Canada will provide $ 366,000 at UNB to undertake research with Clinic 554. This project will help identify barriers and restrictions to access to surgical abortions in the province between 2015 and 2020, and seek the perspective of health professionals and ‘lived experience of New Brunswick the patients.

In order to continue to support community organizations across the country that are helping to make sexual and reproductive health information and services more accessible to underserved populations, the government of Canada also invites organizations that improve access to sexual and reproductive health care to apply for funding. Thanks to an investment of $ 45 million Committed to Budget 2021, the selected organizations will provide Canadians across the country with supports such as inclusive training materials for sexual and reproductive health care providers, public awareness activities, as well as logistical and reproductive support. travel for people who would otherwise not be able to access abortion services.

Together, these two initiatives will help improve access to sexual and reproductive health care, information, services and research, including protecting access to abortion care.


“Our government is supporting organizations across the country that are helping improve access to reproductive and health services, and it is so important that we remove the barriers many people still face in accessing these services, including abortion. That’s why we’re announcing funding to further help organizations continue to help Canadians with sexual health resources and services, and research funding in New Brunswick to ensure that women can access abortion services.

The Honorable Patty Hajdu
health Minister

“I am happy that the government of Canada will support this important research carried out by the University of New Brunswick. The results of this work will provide health workers and policymakers with valuable information on surgical abortions in health care settings. New Brunswick, including the challenges faced by those seeking to access abortion care. “

Jenica Atwin
Deputy of Fredericton

“Despite the lack of provincial funding, Clinic 554 continues, for now, to be a safe, non-judgmental space for New Brunswickers to access life-saving sexual and reproductive care. We pride ourselves on practicing evidence-based medicine, but we need local data in We applaud Health Canada’s Healthcare Policy and Strategy Program for supporting this team of accomplished researchers in their work to increase our understanding of the unique abortion landscape in New Brunswick. the facts we need to do our best for our patients. “

Dr. Adrien edgar
Medical Director, Clinic 554

“Obtain a clearer picture of the need for abortion services in the province of New Brunswick will enable governments, health authorities and health care providers to make better, more evidence-based decisions that meet constitutional and legislative mandates for accessible and equitable health care. Drs. Haley, Pearlston, Taylor and I look forward to working towards this important goal. “

Dr. Jula Hugues
Professor and Dean of Law, Lakehead University, and assistant professor, University of New Brunswick

“Every day, our researchers and their colleagues from institutions across Canada work to understand the complex challenges we face as individuals and communities. Through their work, they provide knowledge and ideas that can be used to solve these challenges. This work is made possible thanks to funding from our partners, including the Government of Canada, whose support reflects both the importance of the research and the caliber of the research team. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this project. “

Dr. David MaGee
Vice-President (Research), University of New Brunswick

Fast facts

  • A first targeted call for proposals to invite selected organizations to submit applications for the $ 45 million in Budget 2021, funding was launched on July 29, 2021. A subsequent appeal will follow later in 2021 to ensure that the initiative’s goals are properly reflected and that the money invested targets the sexual and reproductive health needs of vulnerable populations.

  • Dr. Jula Hugues, adjunct law profession at UNB, and Dr. Tobin Haley of Ryerson University, will lead the research project at UNB with the $ 366,000 in federal funding.

SOURCE Health Canada


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