South Shore Family Resource Association
Our connection to the Public Health Agency of Canada

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, much attention was paid within Canada and abroad, to the notion that child health outcomes and behavioural development are profoundly impacted by the socio-economic status of a child's family. Income, education, employment and housing were clearly linked to quality of life for families, and in particular children.

In 1989, the House of Commons unanimously passed an all-party resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

In 1990, the United Nations held its World Summit for Children, with Canada as co-chair. Participants committed to improve the well-being of the world's children through the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children. Canada’s response was to develop the Child Development Initiative (CDI) in 1992 including the creation of the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC).

Health Canada requested a proposal be submitted by a coalition consisting of Queens, Shelburne and Lunenburg Counties. In 1994, funding was received. The program is now managed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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