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Healthy Child Development

Posted on March 04, 2016

Young girl and boy playing by a river in the evening sun


The greatest opportunity to influence health begins in the early years of life. All sectors – including business, government, philanthropy, community development, and health – have an important role to play to ensure that all children in Canada have the best start in life.







  • To provide user-friendly evidence on issues affecting the wellbeing of children and their families in Canada, including a specific focus on Indigenous children.
  • To describe programs that have helped families and communities build strong supports for children.


  • An innovative, online, user-friendly tool that summarizes key evidence on the health and wellbeing of children and their families in Canada using charts, graphs and other visuals to highlight gaps that need to be addressed.
  • A description of programs that show how different sectors have worked together to improve the wellbeing of children.

These web tools will help stakeholders understand the pressing issues faced by children and their families in Canada in order to determine how they can contribute to solutions. These web tools will equip stakeholders with the knowledge and evidence to engage decision-makers on the intersectoral actions to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada. 


  • Improving Healthy Child Development: Building Capacity for Action, Expert Interview Summary – Working Paper provides an overview of the themes emerging from informal interviews with healthy child development experts from across Canada. Click here for the publication.


The Healthy Child Development Task Group is comprised of the following:

Institutional Members

  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Centre Léa-Roback sur les inégalités sociales de santé, Université de Montréal
  • First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
  • Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia
  • Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver

Individual Member

  • Dr. Trevor Hancock