This document presents the promises and challenges of health impact assessment (HIA) and its development possibilities for Canada.
The mandate of the NCCHPP is to support the efforts of the public health community and the related partners who want to get involved in the healthy public policy sector. The HIA process appears to be a particularly interesting avenue for promoting healthy public policy, one that integrates several paths of action.
This background paper presents the challenges and possibilities of HIA and its development possibilities for Canada. It is the result of meetings and a knowledge review conducted between 2005 and 2007. This paper served as a point of departure at a February 22, 2008 roundtable of Quebec, Canadian and international experts organized by the NCCHPP.