Policy and Position Statements

Download the position statement 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.
Download the position statement 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. CPHA 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.
Download the discussion paper CPHA Discussion Paper on the Ecological Determinants of Health
The future of life on Earth cannot be taken for granted as our species has the capacity to influence that future – for good or ill. This paper is not the definitive word on the topic of the ecological determinants of health. Its goal is to begin a conversation, stimulate debate and ultimately motivate the public health community to action.
Download: Sex Work in Canada: A Public Health PerspectiveSex 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.
Photo credit: Assembly of First Nations Statement of Support for a National Inquiry Concerning Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
CPHA supports the calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women originating from the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, other First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples associations, the families of the missing and murdered, and the Premiers of Canada’s provincial and territorial governments.
image of the cover of the discussion paper CPHA Discussion Paper on Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada
CPHA supports the development of public health approaches for addressing the needs of people who use illegal psychoactive substances while recognizing the requirement for a public-health-oriented regulatory framework for the production, manufacture, distribution, product promotion, and sale of these products. To support the development and implementation of such a framework, this discussion paper describes how a shift to a public health approach can improve outcomes, articulates a vision for 2025, and provides a framework for action.
image of the cover of the position paper Alcohol Position Statement
Tackling the problematic use of alcohol, requires a combination of leadership, persistence, resources and a broad base of support at all levels. The statement alone will not effect change. We need organizations and individuals to join with us to instigate, influence and lead a comprehensive approach to alcohol harm reduction.
image of the cover of the position paper CPHA Position Statement on Tobacco Use in Canada
Winning the battle against tobacco will require the commitment and perseverance of all levels of government as well as the public health community. It is important for the recommendations outlined in the report to be translated into actions that will initiate stronger legislation on tobacco advertising, pricing and access; as well as improve efforts to promote cessation and improve tobacco control. Sustained tobacco control efforts will play an important role in alleviating the impact of tobacco consumption on the health of all Canadians.
image of the cover of the report Looking Back, Looking Forward: Public Health Within a Federal-Provincial/Territorial Health Transfer Agreement
Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
The anticipated renewal of the federal-provincial/territorial agreement on health/health care presents an opportune time to reconsider and reevaluate the factors that have, over the years, fostered success in the Canadian health system and those factors that can improve the system in the future. The relatively small section of the current health fund transfer agreement dedicated to public health serves as a reminder that there is still much room for improvement.
Canadian Journal of Public Health Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada
The Canadian Public Health Association has endorsed the Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada which represent a public health approach to reduce the health risks and burden of disease associated with cannabis use. The Guidelines are part of a research study conducted by an international team of experts that is published in the September/October 2011 issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

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