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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. 


Media Advisory: Public Health 2020: The Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference

October 7, 2020

Public Health 2020 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. It is the largest annual public health gathering in Canada and a key knowledge exchange event. This year we are embracing existing and new technologies that will enable our conference to proceed virtually. The daily schedules will look a bit different, but as usual, we will host a range of session formats.


Canadian Public Health Association applauds move to increase safe supply of drugs

September 2, 2020

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the federal Minister of Health’s recent letter to Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health and regulatory colleges to encourage action to provide people who use drugs with a full spectrum of options for receiving care. These options include increasing access to safer, pharmaceutical-grade alternatives to the contaminated illegal drug supply for people at risk of overdose.

“At a time…

Canadian Public Health Association affirms support for Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada

April 27, 2020

In light of recent public comments, the Canadian Public Health Association takes this opportunity to re-affirm its support for Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (CPHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the provincial/territorial and local public health authorities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada has a talented and distinguished civil service at the local, provincial/territorial and federal levels. These dedicated public servants continue to fulfill their duties throughout this crisis with integrity, diligence and impartiality.


Achieving health for all through self-reflection on attitudes, beliefs and behaviours

December 18, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the Chief Public Health Officer for the release of the 2019 Annual Report on the State of Public Health in Canada—Addressing Stigma: Towards a more inclusive health system.

For the most part, Canada is a healthy nation, but we can do better. The report highlights some areas where we have seen health improvements and other areas…

Climate change: Time for health care sector to do its part, says new report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

November 13, 2019

Report also highlights the increasing impact of wildfires on Canadians

Canada’s health care sector is among the worst in the world in terms of greenhouse gas pollution, says the Canada-focused policy brief, issued alongside the latest Lancet Countdown international report, and the sector requires concerted efforts to chart a new course to be consistent with its mandate to ‘do no harm.’

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate…

Vote for action on climate change and health

October 4, 2019

“With just over two weeks until Canadians head to the polls, CPHA is calling on the next federal government to take leadership in the development and implementation of an effective, evidence-based climate action plan that will help achieve the emission reductions needed to keep global warming below 1.5°C,” said Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association. “Our health and the health of our planet depend on it.”

For almost 30 years, CPHA has warned that global warming is the greatest challenge public health has ever faced…