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Consultation on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis


Release Date: 01/20/2018
Staff Reference: Joan Weir

January 20, 2018

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
Address Locator 0602C
Health Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0K9


RE: Consultation on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is a voluntary association with member companies which account for 99 per cent of Canada’s life and health insurance business. In Canada, for calendar year 2016, the life and health insurance industry made payments of more than $32 billion on health services for 25 million individuals covered by private plans. These plans help ensure residents have access to needed health care. We appreciate the opportunity to provide our feedback in response to Health Canada’s consultation on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis.

As noted in our previous submissions to Health Canada and the Department of Finance with respect to the proposed recreational framework and excise tax, coverage of medical cannabis is not currently a standard benefit offered by benefit plans, however, there exists some coverage through various specific plans...