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New ARAD Report--Governance Instruments and Child Health: Informing Canadian Policy

The Applied Research and Analysis Directorate is pleased to announce the
release of this research project led by Dr. Donald W. Spady of the University of Alberta.

The objective of this research was to aid in the formulation of policy to further Canada's
commitment to children's environmental health by determining the extent
to which existing environmental health governance instruments in
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member
countries consider children's environmental health.

The report made several recommendations to Health Canada, including the
development of a program similar to REACH and the creation of
accountability structures to deal specifically with concerns related to
children's environmental health.  As well, the report addressed
the need to incorporate scientific knowledge about the bodies and
behaviours of children when formulating governance initiatives so that
their vulnerabilities will be effectively protected.

The full report may be accessed in the following ways:

  • A print version of the full report may be borrowed in the language of submission from the Health Canada Library.
  • An electronic version of the report in the language of submission
    is available upon request from Health Canada by emailing
  • University of Alberta Website