Health Impact Assessment

Health impact assessment (HIA) is a structured and innovative process for carrying out a prospective assessment of the potential effects of a policy, program or project on the health of a population. It enables the formulation of recommendations for managing these effects. This tool, promoted by the World Health Organization, is most often applied to proposals that are not explicitly tied to health but that can nevertheless significantly affect its determinants. Thus, HIA is a tool whose use falls within the context of intersectoral approaches to promoting healthy public policy, including Health in All Policies. Its aim is to better inform decision makers about the potential consequences of their decisions on the health and wellbeing of the population. It also offers a way to help reduce health inequalities.

In this section, you will find an online training course, briefing notes, tools and videos to support the implementation of HIA practice adapted to Canadian contexts. You will also find resources related to other types of impact assessments relevant to public health actors, such as integrated impact assessment.

To consult our resources in health impact assessment, click on the links below:

Free Online Course – Health impact assessment, step by step


Presentations and webinars



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