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.


  • CPHA Position Statement: The Opioid Crisis in Canada
    There is an expanding opioid crisis in Canada that is resulting in epidemic-like numbers of overdose deaths. The current approaches to managing this situation have failed to reduce the death toll and should be supplemented with an enhanced and comprehensive public health approach. Such an approach would include the meaningful involvement of people with lived experience. CPHA calls on the Government of Canada, in partnership with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous peoples’ governments to expand current efforts to manage this crisis.
  • Public Health: A Conceptual Framework
    This document is an attempt to define the basics of public health, and will continue to develop as the practice evolves. The foundation of all public health activities are the concepts of social justice and health equity, which relate to the social determinants of health.
  • Public Health 2017

    Public Health 2017 is the national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.

  • Public health supports Government of Canada’s push to accelerate phase-out of coal power

    CPHA applauds reports in the media that the Government of Canada is pushing to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired power in Canada. “The scientific evidence on the health effects of coal pollution is clear,” said Ian Culbert, CPHA’s Executive Director. “Coal pollution has been associated with myriad health issues, such as cancer, miscarriages and poor lung and brain development in children.”

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

    Early childhood education and care plays an important part in healthy childhood development and provides valuable support to families with young children. Canada, however, does not have a pan-Canadian approach to ECEC and CPHA calls on the Federal government to work with provinces and territories to establish a pan-Canadian early childhood education and care strategy.

  • Medical Assistance in Dying

    As a result of the 2015 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada (Carter v. Canada), the Government of Canada has developed legislation regarding medical assistance in dying. The Canadian Public Health Association recognizes that this legislation will provide additional options for those suffering with terminal illness, but underscores the need that such decisions be based on the best available medical information for each case, and the moral and ethical concerns of both the person requesting assistance and the health professional(s) providing the service.

  • Strategic Plan

    The context for public health in Canada and globally is changing and the Board has developed an innovative plan that will steer the Association into a hopeful future. Recent changes in Canada also provide CPHA with a unique opportunity to advance the public health perspective on a number of pressing issues.

  • Public Health Notice: Zika Virus

    The Public Health Agency of Canada has recently confirmed travel-related cases of Zika virus from Central and South America. Since Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites, travellers to Central and South America, particularly pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant, should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes known to transmit the virus to humans are not present in Canada.

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  • 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.