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.


  • Public Health 2017

    Public Health 2017 is the meeting place for the public health community to connect, collaborate, innovate, inspire, share and learn. CPHA invites submissions that facilitate the exchange and dissemination of innovative public health research, policies and practices.

    • Deadline for symposium and workshop submissions is Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
    • Deadline for oral and poster submissions is Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
  • 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.

  • Public Health 2016

    Public Health 2016, from June 13-16 in Toronto, Ontario, is the meeting place for the public health community to connect, collaborate, innovate, inspire, share and learn. It is a gathering of leaders and change agents from public, private and voluntary organizations that contribute to health and wellness.

  • 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.