The Wellesley Institute and Upstream have partnered to bring to you a closer look at the health impacts of the policies that our national parties are putting forth. We know that social factors — where you live, age, play and work — have a big impact on your health, so we ask, what are our political leaders doing to address them?
Over the next few weeks as we count down to election day, we will be looking at social issues that impact our health and reporting on how the party platforms lineup. Our health should be considered in all policies.
Over the past few weeks, we have looked at where the federal parties stand on several key issues that affect Canadians’ health: PharmaCare, housing, jobs and income and early childhood education and care. In this final health equity impact assessment of our series we look at issues that the parties aren’t talking about and that deserve more attention.
We call for all parties to set out a vision of a healthy Canada for all
Health equity impact assessments support decision makers to incorporate health and health equity in all policies by identifying potential health impacts and enhancing positive impacts while reducing negative impacts. Using a health equity impact assessment tool1 we identified populations that may experience differential health risks of particular policies, such as people with low income, racialized Canadians and people with disabilities. We then identified specific determinants of health and health inequities that should be considered. Based on this analysis, this election-focused health equity impact assessment identified four areas that the parties should be discussing to improve health equity in Canada: income inequality, health care, good data and population health and social inclusion. We also call for all parties to set out a vision of a healthy Canada for all.