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Latest Update: Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada
This resource, in the form of a table, shows how the public health functions are organized at the federal, provincial and territorial levels in Canada
Updated in 2018  DescriptionConsult the Table Online.

The structure of public health in Canada is complex. The federal government, the ten provinces and three territories are all structured differently. This resource, designed in the form of a table, shows the reader how public health functions are organized within each of these jurisdictions.

The most recent update of the Structural Profile of Public Health in Canada occurred in 2018.

Consult the Structural Profile       Image of the structural profile - click to consult.


In an effort to clarify the different public health structures across the country, federal, provincial and territorial government websites and official publications were surveyed to identify where public health responsibilities reside in each jurisdiction. Websites and publications from other relevant organizations were also consulted. Online data collection for the revision of the Structural Profile was conducted between March - September 2018. This information was then reviewed and verified by key provincial or territorial stakeholders between September - November 2018. The section on structures of public health operations devoted to Indigenous peoples is presently under revision.

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We invite you to help us keep this tool up to date by letting us know of any changes affecting the accuracy of the information contained in this table. If you should note any errors or omissions, please advise us at


We would like to thank Caroline Cawley (University of Toronto) for conducting the initial online data collection for the present revision of the profile. 

We would also like to thank the following reviewers for their assistance during the validation process: the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick Department of Health; the Risk Management-Health Promotion Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness; Public Health Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority; the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Manager of the Public Health Unit, Population Health Branch, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health and Community Services; the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.