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Advocacy activities archives




  • Letter to Canada’s Minister of Science to consider the value of a Chief Science Officer who has a background in health to help ensure that the Government of Canada consider the health impact of policies across all departments, thereby ensuring a whole of government approach to the health and well-being of Canadians
  • A Code Change Request submission to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes to request the removal of asbestos and asbestos-related materials from Canadian building and plumbing codes.
  • Charting the Future of Drug Policy in Canada. Co-hosted with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Stewardship:
    • CPHA comments submitted in response to a Public Consultation on Proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations Veterinary Drugs - AMR
    • Participated in an invitational session on AMR stewardship in June 2016 and supports organizations that are well positioned to address this topic such as the Public Health Physicians of Canada
    • CPHA Statement of Concern - 2014




  • Action on the Weatherill ReportCPHA welcomes the Government of Canada's announcement about the release of Action on Weatherill Report Recommendations to Strengthen the Food Safety System: Final Report to Canadians.
    In September 2009, the Government of Canada announced that it would act on all 57 recommendations contained in the Report of the Independent Investigator into the 2008 Listeriosis Outbreak (the Weatherill Report). The Report asked that the Government report back to Canadians on the implementation of the recommendations and their impact on the food safety system.

    On December 19, 2011 the Government of Canada released Action on Weatherill Report Recommendations to Strengthen the Food Safety System: Final Report to Canadians. The report focuses on the actions taken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada to reduce food safety risks, enhance surveillance and early detection and improve emergency response, and it focuses on the impact of these actions on the food safety system.

    CPHA welcomes the release of this report. The report is available at
  • Public Health Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Vancouver's Supervised Injection Facility
    CPHA applauds the decision noting that Vancouver's supervised injection facility (Insite) and its essential programs provide a comprehensive approach to address the health needs of people who use injection drugs. CPHA was an intervenor for Insite before the Supreme Court.
  • Voice your opposition to costly mandatory minimum sentencing
    The federal government of Canada is currently considering Bill S-10, which proposes legislative amendments that, among other things, would introduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug-related offences. Research clearly demonstrates that mandatory minimum sentences are extremely expensive to the taxpayer and do not meaningfully improve public health and safety nor reduce drug use or crime in our communities. We invite you to join us in supporting evidence-based drug prevention and treatment initiatives and opposing the introduction of costly and ineffective mandatory minimum sentencing legislation.