Did You Know?

About 16 million Canadians live with a chronic disease.

Did You Know?


The following set of infographics explain chronic diseases including common risk factors for chronic disease, provide evidence on the scope and magnitude of chronic diseases in Canada, and demonstrate measures to promote healthy living and prevent chronic diseases. These infographics can be used to inform decision-makers about actions to support healthy living for chronic disease prevention.

1. Overview of Chronic Disease in Canada view... 
  • Includes information on the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases, top risk factors for these diseases, and policy and individual measures to address them
2. Economic Impact of Chronic Disease in Canada English / French )
  • Includes information on the economic burden of chronic diseases in Canada from four key risk factors; how much money could be saved by modest reductions in key chronic disease risk factors; and selected policies, programs and research to support chronic disease prevention
3. It’s not just a health problem: Chronic Diseases are influenced by social, economic and physical conditions
  • What make's Canadians sick? These are Canada's social determinants of health - from the Canadian Medical Association view...
  • Common risk factors, influenced by social and physical conditions, are driving this chronic disease challenge - from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) view... 
4. Sugar: Are you drinking too much sugar? view...
  • This infographic from the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) demonstrates that many popular drinks have more than half of your recommended daily sugar intake. The HSF recommends you consume no more than 10% total calories per day from added sugars, and ideally less than 5%; that is, for an average 2,000 calorie-a-day diet, 10% is about 48 grams (or 12 teaspoons) of added sugars.
5. The cost of poor men's health view...
  • This infographic summarizes the results of The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation’s (CMHF) ground-breaking study entitled “The Economic Burden Associated with Tobacco Smoking, Excess Weight, Alcohol Consumption and Physical Inactivity in Canadian Men” released Monday, June 15, 2015. The CMHF study shows that smoking, excess weight, over-consumption of alcohol and physical inactivity are some of the leading causes of chronic disease among Canadian men. The annual economic burden attributable to these four factors is staggering: $36.9 billion.
6. PHAC's High Impact Investments for Healthy Living view...
  • The High Impact Investments at the Public Health Agency of Canada Infographic provides you with a brief overview of the approach, types of projects, and their impact.