The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. CPHA’s members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.
In 2014, CPHA released the discussion paper, A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada, which defines a public health approach to this issue. CPHA participated in study tours to Colorado and Washington, and at Public Health 2016, hosted a workshop to investigate various aspects of a public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The expert advice received through these discussions informed this submission to the federal Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation.
Public Health 2017 is the national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.
CPHA applauds reports in the media that the Government of Canada is pushing to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired power in Canada. “The scientific evidence on the health effects of coal pollution is clear,” said Ian Culbert, CPHA’s Executive Director. “Coal pollution has been associated with myriad health issues, such as cancer, miscarriages and poor lung and brain development in children.”
Early childhood education and care plays an important part in healthy childhood development and provides valuable support to families with young children. Canada, however, does not have a pan-Canadian approach to ECEC and CPHA calls on the Federal government to work with provinces and territories to establish a pan-Canadian early childhood education and care strategy.