The Emergency and Public Health

The pandemic required a bevy of robust public health responses, from the procurement and distribution of vaccines, to protocols within hospitals on triage and the provision of scarce resources, to restrictions on movement, commerce, and nearly all other activities. Questions were raised as to whether these responses were adequate to meet the public health emergency as well as whether they exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in Canadian society. This presentation will consider how the Canadian legal order responded to the public health challenges of the pandemic.