Healthy Early Years program

The Healthy Early Years (HEY) program funds projects that improve the healthy development of children (birth to 6 years) living in official language minority communities (OLMC). HEY is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Official Languages.

HEY is led by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). It was launched in 2018 after consultations with OLMC stakeholders across Canada.

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Program objective

The HEY program's goal is to improve the health and development of OLMC children and their families. HEY works towards this goal by funding health and development programs that are appropriate to the culture and language of the OLMC community.

These programs aim to improve:

HEY funds programs that cover a variety of public health topics, including:


In 2018, PHAC received $10 million in funding over 5 years and $2.2 million ongoing after 2023 to support the HEY program's initiatives. HEY distributes these funds to community-level organizations and projects that:

There are currently 2 HEY funding recipients:

Together, the SSF and the CHSSN support about 50 projects each year. These projects serve over 10,000 children, parents, pregnant individuals and caregivers in OLMCs.

Other related programs

PHAC leads a number of other programs that aim to improve the health of young children and families through preventative approaches:

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