Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy

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Genomics is the science that aims to decipher and understand the entire genetic information of an organism encoded in DNA and related molecules. Advancements in genomics research have led to the development of cutting-edge technologies and innovations applicable across a number of sectors, including public health, food and natural resources.

Genomics is helping to advance precision health, improve the productivity and resiliency of forests, crops and livestock, create more sustainable energy and biomaterials, bioremediate contaminated sites and protect the environment. Most notably, genomics research has played an important role in Canada's ability to track and fight COVID‑19.

Advancing a Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy

In recognition of Canada's world-class strength in genomics research, Budget 2021 announced the creation of a Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy (PCGS). The PCGS aims to drive further innovation in genomics through commercialization and adoption, create socioeconomic growth and cement Canada's position as a world-leader in research and innovation.

To do this, the following proposed priority themes have been identified for the PCGS:

  • Canada's genomics landscape - opportunities and challenges;
  • Attracting, developing and retaining talent;
  • Management, standardization and use of genomics data;
  • Commercialization and use of Canadian genomics technology and innovations; and
  • Adoption of genomics in key sectors: healthcare, environment, clean tech, food and natural resources.

Consultation purpose

The Government of Canada welcomes your perspective and comments on the proposed key priority areas of the Strategy as outlined in the consultation paper, entitled Developing a Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek feedback on the proposed direction of the Strategy. Feedback will also support the prioritization of actions to those of greatest impact for Canada.

How to participate

To participate, complete our online consultation survey by no later than June 24, 2022.

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Next steps

The Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy Secretariat will review the comments received and share a "What we heard" report on this website.