Housing is a Child Health Issue

Housing is an important determinant of child and youth health. International research has demonstrated there is a strong relationship between poor housing conditions and negative health outcomes for children and  youth. In particular, five aspects of housing have been shown to impact the immediate and long-term physical, mental, and social health of children and youth - physical quality of housing, crowding, affordability; place and stability.


Paediatric health care providers and institutions must consider housing and its related impact on child and youth health in the delivery of health care. As health leaders, they have a responsibility to educate and raise awareness of these issues, and to work together to address housing issues in order to optimize both health care delivery and the overall health and wellbeing of child and youth across Canada.


Health care professionals and organizations are urged to consider endorsing the Canadian Child and Youth Health and Housing Action Statement as well as promote national and local dialogues to better inform practice, policy and decision-making. 


Click Here to endorse the Child and Youth Health and Housing Action Statement. 



Share the Canadian Child Health and Housing Action Statement

Partagez la Déclaration de mesures visant à améliorer la santé et le logement des enfants et adolescents canadiens


Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, Ottawa, ON 


Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa ON


Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto ON 


Hinks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto ON


Paediatric Chairs of Canada  


IWK Health Centre, Halifax NS


Janeway Children's Hospital/Eastern Health, St John's NL


Canadian Institute of Child Health - Institut canadien de la santé infantile, Ottawa ON 


Dr. Lennox Huang, Chair & Chief, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton, ON


McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton, ON


Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa, ON


Children's Mental Health Ontario, Toronto, ON


Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Windsor, ON


Yukon Status of Women CouncilWhitehorse, YT