ABOUT

We are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health, well-being and rights of all children and youth through monitoring, education and advocacy

Founded in 1977, CICH is the only national charitable organization dedicated solely to improving the health of children and youth in Canada.

The Institute has had a profound impact on the policies and practices of caring for our children through its three core areas of focus:

  • Monitoring our children’s health
  • Educating professionals, caregivers and policy-makers
  • Advocating for legislation and policies that improve child health

Each time an infant is safely buckled into a car seat or a child wears a bicycle helmet correctly, you see the work of CICH. Every time you fill your car with unleaded gasoline, you’re helping protect our children from the harmful effects of lead – thanks to CICH’s efforts. And when a new parent knows to put a baby to sleep on her back reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, CICH has reached out to another child.

As a trusted voice for children, CICH speaks out on issues involving children and youth to all levels of government, media, parents and caregivers. Governed by a volunteer board of directors and guided by an expert advisory council, the Institute plays a key role in working with government and industry to bring attention to significant children’s health care issues and ensuring appropriate policies are developed. CICH then translates those policies into better health for children by equipping health care professionals and educators with the best evidence-based resources.

The Institute provides expert advice to Canadian media, ensuring the needs and concerns of children are reported. We also reach out to families across Canada to help with the crucial tasks of nurturing, protecting, educating and empowering our children.

Pillars

CICH focuses on the whole child, looking at the broad determinants of physical and mental health, including social, economic, and environmental factors.

ACTING AS A VOICE FOR
CANADA’S CHILDREN

There are more than nine million families with children in Canada. CICH's mandate includes ensuring each of those children has a voice, and that it is heard at all levels of government, by industry, by health care professionals, and by all those who care about the health and well-being of Canada's children. CICH is a coherent voice for our children, working to focus attention and resources on the health care issues that matter most.

SUPPORTING HEALTHY
PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

Through ongoing monitoring of progress in the area of pregnancy and childbirth, developing resources that target at-risk groups and collaborating with other agencies to effect change in attitudes and behaviours related to pregnancy and birth, CICH has helped ensure children receive the healthiest possible start in life.

FOSTERING HEALTHY
CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The impact of a child's early years on his or her potential to grow and learn and become a happy, healthy adult is only beginning to be understood.

MONITORING THE STATE
OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH

At the core of CICH's work are our efforts to continuously monitor the health of Canada's children and identify the best ways of improving child health.

MONITORING THE STATE
OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH

At the core of CICH's work are our efforts to continuously monitor the health of Canada's children and identify the best ways of improving child health.

FOSTERING HEALTHY
CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The impact of a child's early years on his or her potential to grow and learn and become a happy, healthy adult is only beginning to be understood.

Milestones