Why our lungs need a plan:
One in five Ontarians lives with a chronic lung disease, but our province has no comprehensive plan to prevent, diagnose and treat respiratory illness. Isn’t it time we told our representatives at Queen’s Park to stand up for lung health in Ontario?
Fortunately, one legislator has already taken a bold first step. Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry has introduced a private members bill, Bill 41, the Lung Health Act. It addresses the challenge of lung disease by:
- Establishing a Lung Health Advisory Council that will make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on lung health issues.
- Developing and implementing an Ontario Lung Health Action Plan respecting research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.
- Requiring the Minister to consider the recommendations and reports of the Lung Health Advisory Council and the Ontario Health Quality Council and to make improvements in lung health awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care.
Urge Your MPP to Vote for Lung Health!
Lung health affects all Ontarians. Add your community's voice by:
- Printing out a copy of our official petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The signatures you collect will send the message that Ontarians are serious about making their communities a better place to breathe. A great way for support groups and exercise maintenance programs to participate!
- Reach out to your Member of Provincial Parliament through social media. Ask them for the speedy passage of the #LungHealthAct! Find your MPP's Twitter handle here. Many have Facebook accounts, too.
- Meet with your Member of Provincial Parliament. Your MPP will be returning to your riding for the summer. What better time to meet, and share your belief in a Lung Health Action Plan?
Let us help
Contact Chris Yaccato (Manager, Government Relations) at 416-864-9911 ext. 279 or email him here for assistance in setting up a meeting with your MPP, or to access stats unique to your community.