History of CDPAC

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) was constituted in 2001 to strengthen linkages among established, new and emerging chronic disease prevention initiatives in Canada. The idea of a national alliance emerged from the experience of many organizations in several initiatives.

In the summer of 2001, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) and Health Canada drafted a work plan for a two-year project. The work plan was discussed, revised and ratified by the group. At that time, the CCS, HSFC and CDA submitted a letter of intent for grant funding through the Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI). In November 2001, these groups held a consultation with various stakeholder organizations across the country. 

With input from this meeting, a small Steering Committee was pulled together in 2002 to establish the mission, purpose, objectives and structure of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. The founding members included:

  • Canadian Cancer Society 
  • Canadian Council for Tobacco Control
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Coalition for Active Living
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
The Steering Committee has grown and evolved many times since its inception of 2002. A list of current members can be found here

In October 2013, CDPAC became a federally incorporated not-for-profit, and voted in its board of directors. In 2018, CDPAC returned to unincorporated status. 


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