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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day 2024

June 21, 2024

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) celebrates and honors the rich cultures, traditions, and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Today, we acknowledge the deep-rooted histories and enduring resilience of Indigenous communities, while also recognizing the ongoing challenges they face due to systemic racism.

The ongoing legacy of colonialism, including the devastating effects of residential schools, forced displacement, and assimilation policies, continues to influence the health and well-being of…

Canadian Public Health Association condemns Ontario’s expansion of alcohol sales

May 24, 2024

The Canadian Public Health Association expresses concern and disapproval over the recent announcement by the Ontario government regarding the expansion of alcohol sales to include convenience stores, grocery stores, and big-box stores.

This decision is alarming in light of the extensive evidence on the public health risks associated with increased alcohol availability. It comes from a…

A Call for a Public Health Approach to Peace and Security

May 20, 2024

As an organization committed to advancing public health in Canada and globally, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) reiterates its call for a public health approach to peace and security, emphasizing the critical importance of respecting health and human rights.

The impact of armed conflict extends far beyond immediate casualties, causing widespread displacement, disruptions to essential services, and psychological trauma…

Statement on Transgender and Gender-diverse Rights and Health

May 7, 2024

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provincial and territorial human rights codes, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child all recognize the right of children and youth to live free from discrimination, including that related to their sex, gender, gender identity and gender expression. In light of these commitments, the Canadian Public Health Association appeals to all levels of government in Canada to uphold fully the rights of trans and…

CPHA recognizes outstanding contributions to public health

April 23, 2024

Each year, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) honours individuals or organizations who provide outstanding service to their community and profession. CPHA’s members nominate candidates for the awards and the recipients are selected by CPHA’s Awards Committee and confirmed by the Board of Directors. CPHA is pleased to announce the following recipients of its 2024 Honorary Awards to be presented at its annual conference on Wednesday 24 April 2024:

Vera Etches, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC

Dr. Vera Etches stands…

Public Health 2024

April 19, 2024

Public Health 2024 is the largest annual public health gathering in Canada and a key knowledge exchange event. It 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. CPHA's annual conference will feature a dynamic environment that will facilitate the sharing of content developed exclusively for the public health community by inspiring presenters.

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Public health calls for repeal of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

February 6, 2024

In a position statement released today, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) calls on the federal government to fully decriminalize sex work by repealing the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) and removing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) provision prohibiting migrants in Canada from doing sex work.

The Association further calls on the federal government to ensure that sex…


New report identifies five key climate solutions municipalities should undertake: public health agencies need funding to make it happen

November 28, 2023

While climate change is already having a significant negative impact on human health, many of the actions needed to prevent further global warming can also produce immediate and significant population health and health equity benefits in the jurisdictions that choose to act.

The report entitled Climate Change, Population Health, and Health Equity: Public Health Strategies and Health and Health Equity Benefits of Five Local Climate Solutions<…

Canada’s health systems under strain from climate change: new policy brief

November 14, 2023

Climate change will continue to have devastating impacts on health and human lives, further straining health systems and nullifying any possibility for adaptation, unless ambitious climate action is urgently undertaken, warns a new policy brief by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Canadian Public Health Association.

The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has never been more urgent. An accelerated shift away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy, extreme weather events (such as wildfires) emergency management, and sustainable food…

Statement from the Canadian Public Health Association on the occasion of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

September 30, 2023

Trigger warning: The information and experiences discussed in this statement may cause trauma triggered by memories of past abuse and deep intergenerational impacts. The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous Peoples across Canada. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) recognizes that Truth and…