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Canadian Public Health Association applauds ban on single-use plastics

June 10, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) welcomes the announcement that the Government of Canada will ban single-use plastics in Canada as early as 2021.

“CPHA applauds the federal government for taking a bold approach to address the threat to human health posed by the proliferation of single-use plastics in our environment,” said Ian Culbert, CPHA’s executive director. “There is a negative impact on human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle and our love affair with plastic needs to come to an end.”

In addition to creating…

The Canadian Public Health Association applauds the ruling of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal supporting the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

May 3, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the ruling from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal supporting the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. This decision affirms the right and the responsibility of the federal government to set national standards for carbon pricing in Canada.

“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling affirming the role of the federal government in protecting the health of Canadians,” says Richard Musto, Chair of CPHA’s…

Today we honour individuals who provided outstanding service to their community and profession

April 30, 2019

Each year, we honour individuals or organizations who provide outstanding service to their community and profession. Our members nominate candidates for the following prestigious awards.

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) congratulates the following 2019 honorary award recipients.

R.D. Defries Award: Peter Bryce (posthumously)
Dr. Peter H. Bryce, a charter member of the Canadian Public Health Association, was a leader in the field of public health at the turn of the 20th Century. He served as the…

Public Health 2019

April 26, 2019

Public Health 2019 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.

What: Public Health 2019: The Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference
When: Tuesday 30 April at 08:30 to Thursday 2 May at 14:00 EDT

Public health arguments in support of federal carbon pollution pricing to be heard by Ontario’s Court of Appeal this week

April 15, 2019

Public health advocates will argue that the federal government of Canada has both the right and responsibility to impose carbon pollution pricing to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets and protect human health and well-being from the negative environmental, physical and mental health effects caused by inaction on climate change.

“Reducing our reliance on a carbon-based economy will be one of the most significant shifts the worldwide economy has seen since the Industrial Revolution,” says Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association…

Play is the business of childhood

March 12, 2019

Like a game of broken telephone, somewhere along the line the importance of play, particularly outdoor play, got distorted. Play is crucial for children’s physical, mental and emotional health, and it can reduce their experiences of depression, anxiety, aggression, and sleep problems. Play provides children with skills necessary to thrive as adults. Yet children spend less time in active, outdoor play today than previous generations.

Today the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) launched a Toolkit of resources targeted to a range of audiences to…

Let kids play!

March 12, 2019

National public health association supports unstructured children's play

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) promotes unstructured play as a child’s right and a critical component to child and youth health and well-being. Actions are necessary to reduce the barriers limiting opportunities for unstructured play at school and in the community.

“We need to ‘let kids be kids’ and provide them with opportunities to play each day. By doing so, we will see far-reaching benefits at home, in the classroom, and in communities. This…

Health Professionals to Federal Political Parties: Action Needed to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change

February 5, 2019

Today, Canada’s top health care providers and public health officials are in Ottawa to send a clear message to all political parties: Canadians are already feeling the adverse health effects of climate change and time is running out to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Together, representatives from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN) are calling for action: asking federal parties…

Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Public Health Association welcome new Canada Food Guide

January 22, 2019

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) welcome the positive changes announced today in Health Canada’s unveiling of Canada's new Food Guide.


Racism is a public health issue in Canada—it’s time to speak out

December 17, 2018

CPHA, in collaboration with seven Provincial/Territorial Public Health Associations, are speaking out against racism in Canada. Unfortunately Canada remains a nation where a person’s colour, religion, culture or ethnic origin are determinants of health that result in inequities in social inclusion, economic outcomes, personal health, and access to and quality of health and social services.