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Canadian Public Health Association

Position statements


Sex Work in Canada: A Public Health Perspective

December 1, 2014

The exchange of sexual services for money or goods has taken place in one form or another since the dawn of time and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Public Health works within this context and acknowledges the real life situation involved in sex work. The goal of a Public Health approach is to make sex work safe for both the sex worker and client. In response to the ongoing debate regarding sex work, CPHA developed a position statement on sex work in Canada that addresses the issue from a public health perspective.

Statement of Support for a National Inquiry Concerning Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

October 20, 2014

CPHA supports the calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women originating from the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, other First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples associations, the families of the missing and murdered, and the Premiers of Canada’s provincial and territorial governments.

Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada

May 15, 2014

CPHA supports the development of public health approaches for addressing the needs of people who use illegal psychoactive substances while recognizing the requirement for a public-health-oriented regulatory framework for the production, manufacture, distribution, product promotion, and sale of these products. To support the development and implementation of such a framework, this discussion paper describes how a shift to a public health approach can improve outcomes, articulates a vision for 2025, and provides a framework for action.


A Public Health Approach to Alcohol Policy in Canada

December 1, 2011

Tackling the problematic use of alcohol, requires a combination of leadership, persistence, resources and a broad base of support at all levels. The statement alone will not effect change. We need organizations and individuals to join with us to instigate, influence and lead a comprehensive approach to alcohol harm reduction.

The Winnable Battle: Ending Tobacco Use in Canada

December 1, 2011

Winning the battle against tobacco will require the commitment and perseverance of all levels of government as well as the public health community. It is important for the recommendations outlined in the report to be translated into actions that will initiate stronger legislation on tobacco advertising, pricing and access; as well as improve efforts to promote cessation and improve tobacco control. Sustained tobacco control efforts will play an important role in alleviating the impact of tobacco consumption on the health of all Canadians.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Public Health Within a Federal-Provincial/Territorial Health Transfer Agreement

November 3, 2011

Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The anticipated renewal of the federal-provincial/territorial agreement on health/health care presents an opportune time to reconsider and reevaluate the factors that have, over the years, fostered success in the Canadian health system and those factors that can improve the system in the future. The relatively small section of the current health fund transfer agreement dedicated to public health serves as a reminder that there is still much room for improvement.