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CPHA supports the City of Vancouver’s call for decriminalization of personal possession of all drugs

March 15, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) commends the City of Vancouver’s call for the decriminalization of drug possession by the federal government. As demonstrated in CPHA’s 2017 position statement, criminalization of those who use illegal psychoactive drugs is unsuccessful and a more robust public health approach is needed immediately. 

“With the opioid crisis out of control and threatening people’s lives, we must employ a stronger public health approach to help…

Canadian organizations mark the first annual international HPV awareness day: Give love, not HPV

March 2, 2018

On Sunday 4 March, the Canadian Public Health Association, HPV Awareness, and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, will be joining forces with over 80 organizations worldwide to mark the first international HPV awareness day. The goal of the day is to spark conversation and promote a worldwide exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research materials about human papillomaviruses (HPV) and their associated diseases. 

New developments lead some health groups to reconsider their support for Bill S-5

February 12, 2018

New evidence and recent developments regarding e-cigarettes have reinforced ongoing concerns regarding Bill S-5 (the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act), leading a number of tobacco control groups and other health organizations to call for parts of the legislation, now headed to the Standing Committee on Health for hearings starting

Over 500 Canadian scientists and doctors urge the Prime Minister to strengthen the nation’s toxics and pollution law

February 12, 2018

Scientist sign-on letter calls on the federal government to reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)
A letter signed by over 540 scientists and doctors from across the country urges the federal government to update Canada’s main pollution and toxics law, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, before Spring 2018. The letter is in response to a recent review of the Act conducted by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development that made

Public health applauds new proposed regulations requiring front-of-package labelling

February 9, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association  congratulates the Government of Canada for proposing regulations that would require front-of-package labelling for sugars, sodium and saturated fat, as part of its overarching Healthy Eating Strategy.


World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to reflect on and refocus Canada’s collective efforts

November 30, 2017

On World AIDS Day, 1 December, the Canadian Public Health Association calls upon all levels of governments, non-governmental organizations, service providers and citizens to reflect on and to refocus our collective efforts to reduce the number of new HIV infections every year, and tackle the barriers—including stigma—that hinder HIV prevention, testing and support.

National public health coalition commends Government of Canada on national housing strategy

November 22, 2017

The Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century commends the government on its investment of $40 billion over 10 years to support a national housing strategy. “There is a clear relationship between health outcomes, and the availability, affordability and quality of housing,” said Eric Mang, co-chair of CCPH21. “Until today, Canada was the only G7 country without a national housing strategy; we’re very pleased that the government has chosen to act.”

Canada-specific Lancet Countdown Policy Brief with health and climate change data launched

November 2, 2017

OTTAWA, ON – 2 November 2017 – The Canadian Public Health Association and Lancet Countdown launched Lancet Countdown Policy Brief: Canada in 2017 at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario today, presenting seven policy recommendations related to health and climate change in Canada.

Media Advisory: Launching Canada-specific Lancet Countdown Brief with health and climate change data

October 31, 2017

OTTAWA – As part of the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, co-authors will present key findings and recommendations from both the international report and the Lancet Countdown Policy Brief: Canada in 2017, a Canadian-specific brief that focuses on key indicators that are particularly relevant in the Canadian context.

National Groups Call for Ambitious Implementation of Canada’s Climate Framework

September 14, 2017

Today a group of national organizations issued an open letter to the Canadian government championing the swift and uncompromising implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth. In the letter, signatories offer their assistance to the Canadian government on implementing specific elements of the Framework. Signatories emphasize the comprehensive and interconnected nature of the Framework, which requires that each of its pieces be carried forward with the utmost integrity so that Canada stays true to its climate commitments and moves forward with just economic transition.