March 21, 2007 16:35 ET

Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2007) - The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is pleased to support a number of items in the Federal Government's Budget Plan 2007 and would like to see more movement in other areas says Stephen Samis, Chair of the CDPAC Steering Committee.

CDPAC and its members applaud the investment in a mental health commission to lead the development of a mental health strategy for Canada. More than one in five Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime and it is time to put a spot light on this issue. Mental illness often exists alongside other chronic diseases further complicating management of chronic diseases. CDPAC also applauds the announcement of $300 million to help implement the HPV vaccine to help protect young women and girls from cervical cancer.

The importance of income on health and quality of life is well recognized. We are pleased to see the government support parents and families through the Child Tax Credit and the Working Income Tax Benefit.

On the other hand, CDPAC supports the Coalition of Active Living in encouraging the government to go further in their investment for physical activity. Recent investments by the Federal government in ParticipACTION and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit are important steps in addressing public education and healthy public policy. However these commitments fall short of the investment needed to increase physical activity levels in Canada, which will in turn help to decrease chronic disease. Tobacco control is another area this new budget does not deal with adequately. CDPAC joins the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control in calling for federal leadership to address contraband cigarettes, closing taxation loopholes on loose tobacco and supporting Canadians to address this health concern.

"CDPAC has emerged as the voice of influence for systems changes to reduce chronic diseases and improve health," says Samis. "Our success in bringing different sectors, levels and disciplines together - through our National Conference, our Obesity Policy Project and other initiatives- have brought much needed attention to chronic disease prevention and have helped ensure that maintaining health and wellness and preventing chronic diseases are part of the overall health agenda in Canada. "We look forward to working with the government and partners to continue the momentum toward a strong, coordinated effort to reduce chronic disease in Canada," adds Samis.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada is a synergistic and dynamic network of over 60 national and provincial organizations who share a common vision for a coordinated system of chronic disease prevention in Canada. CDPAC is led by a Steering Committee, which includes the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Lung Association, Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health, YMCA Canada, Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, the Coalition for Active Living, Dietitians of Canada and two representatives from the CDPAC Network of Provincial/Territorial Alliances (currently the BC Healthy Living Alliance and the Newfoundland Wellness Council).

Contact Information

  • Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada
    Jean Harvey
    613-565-2522 ext 308