Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update Oct 26/19


Typically NHPPA updates the Charter of Health Freedom petition count on an annual basis. This summer envelopes full of petition signatures arrived in rapid succession. The speed at which natural health product manufacturers, retailers, practitioners and members of the public are collecting and submitting petition signatures has necessitated another count, not even two months after the last one. We are thrilled to see the engagement in our mission. This is an important moment in our history, and for NHPPA it’s a source of great pride to see our fellow Canadians using their voice and making their opinions known.


Since our last update on July 24, 2019, as of today, the Charter of Health Freedom petition has 105, 950 signatures – holding it’s place as the third largest single Federal paper petition, pending delivery, in the last 70 years!

This new total constitutes another 4,543 signatures gathered by businesses and individuals who have mobilized to help protect our collective rights and freedoms. Putting pen to paper in the form of signatures on each and every petition page captures an energy that represents the efforts of those who are taking action to preserve our health freedom. To the retailers, practitioners and citizens with active petition stations – keep the signatures coming! Your commitment and determination are making a difference.

How does the Charter of Health Freedom petition compare to other Canadian Federal paper petitions?


The largest known federal paper petition in Canadian history was delivered by The Body Shop Canada on May 28, 2018, called for a ban on the manufacture and sale of cosmetic products tested on animals. This petition collected 630,542 signatures, and changed a law!

The second largest paper petition, on record, presented to the House of Commons in Ottawa in the last 70 years, rests with 625,510 signatures. This petition was an important one – it resulted in the creation of the Canadian Bill of Rights (February 9, 1949). It was the one to beat!

While those petitions garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures, petitions with fewer signatures have also made legislation changes possible because they represent Canadians’ beliefs and what the people want:

  • 85,421 signatures, presented in the House of Commons on June 21, 2011, called for the extension of medical benefits through the Employment Insurance Program
  • 92,572 signatures, presented in the House of Commons on February 19, 2007, was a series of petitions against the cruelty of animals
  • 96,065 signatures, presented in the House of Commons on April 27, 1999, was a series of related petitions against child pornography

Since the 1990’s the Clerk of Petitions in Ottawa has been tracking petition numbers. Shortly thereafter, measures were put in place within Parliament to allow citizens more direct participation, including debates on petitions.

Petitions represent the voice of the public.

In December 2015, the Canadian Parliament began accepting e-petitions.


Under the new 2015 system, e-petitions that garner at least 500 signatures and are sponsored by an MP will be tabled in Parliament. E-Petitions are only open for signature collection for a period of 120 days and, once tabled in Parliament, will receive a response from the government within 45 days. E-petitions are exciting and new, and they create an opportunity to have an issue presented to Parliament in a relatively short period of time.

However, they cannot be combined with or replace an already pre-existing paper petition.

It would be an extraordinary amount of work for the Clerk of Petitions or the Privy Council to cross reference the signatures gathered on the paper petition with any signatures collected online. NHPPA would have to start a brand new Charter of Health Freedom e-Petition, from scratch, and it would have to go through the validation and acceptance process.

Our existing petition for the Charter of Health Freedom must therefore remain a paper petition.


At the NHPPA, we want everyone to have the opportunity to add their names to this national petition demanding the freedom to choose natural health products and the right to pursue vibrant health.  If you want to have your say about your freedom of choice in natural health, physically collect signatures and send them to NHPPA.

Download a printable version of the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Ask everyone you know – your family, friends, colleagues, classmates and customers – to sign the petition.

Natural Health Product Retailers and Practitioners can download our Store and Clinic Support Tools with Petition station essentials to help educate your clients and patients on the Charter of Health Freedom and today’s new risks of losing access to NHPs..

Send completed petition pages by mail to:

Natural Health Products Protection Association
5070 Fountain Street, North
Breslau, ON N0B 1M0