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Health organizations and professionals call on Government of Canada to live up to commitments on vaccine equity

December 14, 2021

In an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, 30 health organizations and 644 health professionals are calling on the Government of Canada to dedicate more resources to supporting the equitable global supply of vaccines.

The letter calls on the Government of Canada to take three specific actions:

  1. Support the temporary waiver of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (

Public health advocacy organization applauds CPHO’s annual report

December 13, 2021

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the 2021 annual report issued by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam. Entitled A Vision to Transform Canada’s Public Health System, the report provides an overview of Canada’s pandemic experience and suggests ways strengthen Canada’s public health systems so that we can be better prepared for the next health…

Government’s relationship with the fossil fuel industry must change: new report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

October 20, 2021

Subsidies and supports for the fossil fuel sector need to end now according to the authors of the Policy Brief for Canada of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. The more than US $14 billion in public funds are better spent on creating a just transition to a clean energy economy and supporting adaptation. 

The climate crisis requires urgent, society…

Statement of condolence and support for the Muslim community

June 8, 2021

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) extends its deepest condolences to the families, extended families, friends, and neighbours of the victims of a premeditated mass murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario. Islamophobia, hatred and violence have no place in our country. No one should be alienated and live in fear because of the colour of their skin, their manner of dress or their religion.

CPHA joins with and fully supports the calls from the Muslim community to address hatred and intolerance on the educational front, on the political front, and on the social front…

Statement of condolence and support for the victims and survivors of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

June 4, 2021

At this time of particular grief for the families, extended families, caregivers, and friends of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains have been discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) extends its deepest condolences. The Indian Residential Schools system marks the darkest period among several in the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, resulting in a legacy of systemic racism that endures in our society today. CPHA joins with and fully supports the calls from Indigenous communities to accelerate the…

Public Health applauds Supreme Court decision on greenhouse gas pollution pricing

March 25, 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada today ruled in favour of the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (2018). This decision affirms the authority of the federal government to set national standards for carbon pricing in Canada.

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the decision, noting that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a quintessential public health concern because the emissions, wherever the source, disrupt biophysical and economic systems threatening the well-being and health of populations everywhere. While these effects…

CPHA releases a review of Canada's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic

February 16, 2021

The goals of Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery have been identified as minimizing all serious illness and death, while limiting societal disruption, including reducing the burden on health care resources. To accomplish these goals, the Government of Canada has taken unprecedented actions to respond to the outbreak that have affected all aspects of life.

The Canadian Public Health Association today released a review of Canada's Initial Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The report examines the response…

Permanent funding for public transit is a big win for public health and social equity

February 10, 2021

Public health organizations applaud today’s announcement from the federal government that it is making annual transit transfers to cities a permanent program. The permanent transit transfer will be worth $3-billion per year beginning in 2026-27. 

“Public transit is a foundational service that provides so many public health benefits for our communities,” said Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). “Public transit helps to make jobs, essential services and recreational opportunities accessible and affordable to people of all ages,…


Canadian Journal of Public Health adopts requirement for meaningful engagement of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Indigenous Peoples

December 8, 2020

In recognition of the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples to self-determine their economic, social, cultural and knowledge development, the Canadian Journal of Public Health (CJPH) now requires all authors to clearly describe how relevant Indigenous Peoples were engaged in order to be considered for publication. To our knowledge, the CJPH is the first scientific journal in Canada to adopt such a policy.

Namaste Marsden, co-author of the new Indigenous editorial policy and Director of Health Economics and Analytics at the First Nations Health Authority in British…

Notice to the Media: 2020 Canadian Immunization Conference

November 30, 2020

Close to 800 leaders in immunization will participate online in the 2020 Canadian Immunization Conference. Delegates will share knowledge and expertise around immunization and vaccine safety. The Conference is hosted by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Immunization Research, Evaluation and Education (CAIRE), the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Media are invited to attend. More information on the Conference is available online.