Welcome to CPHA

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. CPHA’s members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.


  • Boost your power! Get immunized!

    In the last 50 years, immunization has saved more lives in Canada than any other public health intervention. Immunizations are safe and effective.

    The Canadian Immunization Guide recommends immunizations as an infant and continuing through all stages of life.

    Talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or public health office about being up to date on your immunizations.

    Use the online order form to order free resources. (Deadline: 23 March 2015.)

    National Immunization Awareness Week takes place from 25 April to 2 May 2015.  
  • Sex Work in Canada: A Public Health Perspective
    The exchange of sexual services for money or goods has taken place in one form or another since the dawn of time and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Public Health works within this context and acknowledges the real life situation involved in sex work. The goal of a Public Health approach is to make sex work safe for both the sex worker and client. In response to the ongoing debate regarding sex work, CPHA developed a position statement on sex work in Canada that addresses the issue from a public health perspective.
  • Baby Comes Home

    Ensuring a long and healthy life starts by fostering and providing the best beginning possible.

    Unlike most baby care books, this early child care guide by pediatrician and health communicator Dr. Paul Roumeliotis takes a unique approach by emphasizing what scientific advances have confirmed—that what happens early on in life affects one’s overall health decades down the road.
  • Examples of Health Literacy in Practice
    Examples of Health Literacy in Practice resource provides a snapshot of the substantial and varied range of work taking place to address health literacy in Canada. This resource provides information on some of the approaches that can inform health literacy activities, programs and policies.

  • Frontline Health: Beyond Health Care
    CPHA has a long and recognized history of work on the social determinants of health. We are proud of this legacy and our hope is to create a discussion around the social determinants of health both within the public health community as well as with the public, as a means of moving the social determinants of health agenda forward with political leaders and decision-makers in other sectors.