Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

(Agence De La Santé publique du Canada)

Tel: 613.954.8524

130 Colonade Road
A.L. 6501H
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Theresa Tam, BMBS (UK), FRCPC - Interim Chief Public Health Officer/Director

www.publichealth.gc.ca

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With more than 2,400 staff members, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is the country’s leading public health institute. It works to prevent chronic and infectious diseases, build health capacity in terms of research and training, prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, and minimize avoidable injuries.


PHAC’s main goals for 2009 are to increase awareness of the factors that underlie health and well-being, reduce incidence of infectious diseases, improve Canada’s ability to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, and strengthen its surveillance and public health capacity.

Recent PHAC campaigns aimed to promote good health practices include implementing the healthy pregnancy initiative, partnering with the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities Guide, and updating Canada’s Physical Activity Guides with versions for children, youth, adults, and seniors.

The agency is also working to make significant improvements in Canada’s emergency preparedness for pandemic influenza, infectious disease outbreaks, and foodborne illness.

See the NPHI Case Study on the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Canada Facts

POPULATION:

33,573,000

SIZE:

9,984,670 sq km

GDP (USD):

$1.736 trillion

AVERAGE INCOME:

$38,710

LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:

  • Cancers
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimers/Dementia
  • Lung Disease

INFANT MORTALITY:

5 deaths/1,000 live births

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:

Male: 79
Female: 83

 


Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings