Prevention Policies Directory

Access current Canadian policies. Learn from other jurisdictions. Inform change.

The Prevention Policies Directory (“the Directory”) makes it easy for public health researchers and policy specialists to find policies related to cancer and chronic disease prevention. Start your policy search here. You can also check out the Cancer Prevention Policy Packs, which summarize information from the Directory and other sources.

Request a copy of the Directory

In efforts to focus resources on emerging priorities within the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, the Partnership has retired the public-facing online version of the Directory.

If you would like to access the Directory, please submit the following required information. You will receive an email within 2-3 business days with a copy of the Directory in Excel format (.xls). Please note that all fields are required for this data request to be fulfilled.

What is the Directory?

The Directory is a database that makes it easier for population and public health research, practice and policy specialists to find Canadian policies related to cancer and chronic disease prevention. The Directory can be used as a starting point for policy research, analysis, development, evaluation, monitoring and much more.

The Directory contains Canadian policies at the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels related to key modifiable risk factors for cancer and chronic disease. The risk factors include:

  • tobacco
  • physical inactivity
  • nutrition
  • ultraviolet radiation
  • HPV
  • alcohol
  • radon

Each entry in the Directory is coded by domains such as risk factor, policy type, policy action, setting and location.

The Directory is regularly updated via a combination of web-based environmental scanning technology and curation by a public policy expert. For more details on the development of the Directory, please refer to the peer-reviewed publication: Supporting the diffusion of healthy public policy in Canada: the Prevention Policies Directory.

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Standard citation: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. (2012). Prevention Policies Directory. Retrieved Month XX, 20XX from: