A Vision to Transform Canada's Public Health System
Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2021
A message from Canada's Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO)
The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest public health crisis we have faced in a century. It has tested health systems in Canada and around the world, but we can act now to ensure we are better prepared for the future.
The annual report of the CPHO examines the state of public health in Canada. This year’s report describes the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a blueprint to strengthen our public health system for all people in Canada.
Annual report 2021
Examines the role of public health in Canada and the impacts of COVID-19 on our public health system. It also outlines a vision for a stronger and better equipped system for us all.
The way forward
Outlines 4 priority action areas for Canadian public health system transformation so we are better prepared for current and future health challenges.
What we heard
Summary of public health leader, practitioner, researcher and policy-maker discussions that helped inform the annual report.
Read the what we heard report
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Proposes priority areas for future research to support public health system transformation in Canada.
Read the research priorities
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Four reports commissioned by the CPHO to inform her vision of public health renewal, developed independently by leading experts.
Statement from Dr. Theresa Tam on the release of the 2021 CPHO report
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