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First Session, Forty-second Parliament,
64-65-66-67-68 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-435
An Act to establish Rare Disease Day
FIRST READING, February 28, 2019
Mr. Kmiec
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SUMMARY
This enactment designates the last day in February in each year as Rare Disease Day.
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1st Session, 42nd Parliament,
64-65-66-67-68 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-435
An Act to establish Rare Disease Day
Preamble
Whereas millions of Canadians, two thirds of them children, are affected by one of over 7,000 rare diseases;
Whereas Canadians living with a rare disease often face lengthy delays and barriers in the approval process for rare disease treatments or orphan drugs and only one in every three Canadians living with a rare disease is able to access the treatments that they need;
Whereas a national Rare Disease Day would mobilize governments, as well as health and research commun­ities, to continue to fund new research into rare diseases and to develop new treatments and ther­apies for Canadians living with a rare disease;
And whereas increased awareness about rare diseases would strengthen community support and mobilize resources for Canadians living with a rare disease;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Short Title
Short title
1This Act may be cited as the Rare Disease Day Act.
Rare Disease Day
Designation
2Throughout Canada, in each year, the last day in February is to be known as Rare Disease Day.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons

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