Our Commitment to You

Full and open communication...

The CLC will ensure full and open communication with the public on safety issues related to InterVac. The highly successful Community Liaison Committee for the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health Winnipeg was used as our model in creating our committee.

Understanding the big picture...

InterVac will significantly enhance Canada's capacity to develop and test new vaccines for both humans and animals, as well as develop new methods of delivering these vaccines. Existing and emerging diseases to be studied at InterVac will include H1N1, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, SARS, HIV, and avian influenza and others.

There are more than 90 laboratories in Canada with the capacity to work on Level 3 diseases, however, InterVac will be one of the few Containment Level 3 labs in the world that has the capability to conduct large scale vaccine testing with large animals such as cows. This advantage will attract researchers from around the world, which will further enhance the science of vaccine testing, while at the same time provide Saskatoon and Saskatchewan with economic benefits.

"A new vaccine is the kind of opportunity that the public health community is constantly seeking out and adopting in order to improve the health of the public and reduce health inequalities, as individuals and as a society.” (2007)
Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada

Addressing issues of public concern...

Community members might have questions about biosafety and containment related to the development and testing of new vaccines for serious diseases. InterVac is being built to exceed international biocontainment safety standards and its engineering, operational, and administrative controls will ensure the safety of workers, the community and the environment. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be involved in regulating the safety of the facility. Even with these safeguards in place however, InterVac is working to address any concerns the community may have about the safety of the facility.

Representative of your community...

The CLC committee is made up of 12 participants from Saskatoon and area. Committee members were selected to reflect a cross-section of community interests. The CLC operates according to the following Terms of Reference.