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Canadian Paediatric Society

About the Canadian Paediatric Society


The Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.

Who we are

Founded in 1922, the CPS is a voluntary professional association that represents more than 3,300 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, paediatric residents, and others who work with and care for children and youth. The CPS is governed by an elected Board of Directors representing all provinces and territories.

What we do

In 2017, we adopted a strategic framework that will focus our activities for the next five years on five key priority areas: early childhood development, mental health, First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth, paediatric drugs and therapeutics, and social paediatrics.

To fulfill its mission, the CPS is active in several major areas:

  • Professional education: The CPS supports the education needs of paediatricians and other child and youth health professionals through position statements, a peer-review journal, and educational opportunities such as an annual conference, online education and regional CME events.
  • Advocacy: The CPS works to identify gaps in and promote improvements to public policy that affects the health of children and youth.
  • Public education: The CPS works to help parents make informed decisions about their children’s health by producing reliable and accessible health information.
  • Surveillance and research: The CPS monitors rare diseases and conditions through the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program, and ensures continued research into vaccine-associated adverse reactions and vaccine-preventable diseases through IMPACT (Immunization Monitoring Program, ACTive).

Ethics, decision-making and transparency

We have a Code of Ethics and organizational policies that guide our activities and decisions. We have also compiled a list of competing interests of members working on behalf of the CPS.

The Canadian Paediatric Society’s activities and programs are funded through a wide variety of sources, including membership dues, revenue from continuing medical education events and annual conferences, publications, unrestricted grants from individuals, foundations and corporations, as well as government grants.

The CPS operates under these current by-laws, holds an Annual General Meeting, and publishes annual Audited Financial Statements.

About this website

This website provides CPS members and other health professionals with the information needed to make informed decisions about the well being of children and youth. Parents, journalists and other stakeholders concerned with the well being of children and youth may also find this site useful.

The information contained on this website is developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society. All medical or scientific information is reviewed by paediatricians.

The information on this website should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice. If you have specific concerns about your child’s health, please see your child’s paediatrician, family physician, or another health care provider.


This website is funded by the Canadian Paediatric Society and does not accept any advertisement.

Last updated: Apr 30 2018