Policies that support the prevention of cancer and chronic disease are often developed within a jurisdiction by learning from what has worked well in others – but searching for and accessing policies can be time-consuming.
The Prevention Policies Directory (the Directory) is a freely-accessible online tool making it easier for Canadian research, practice, and policy specialists to find information on policies related to cancer and chronic disease prevention. It provides summaries of the policies and direct access to the policy documents.
The Directory is a regularly updated, searchable database of Canadian policies as well as legal instruments (legislation, regulations, codes) relating to the key modifiable risk factors for cancer and related chronic diseases including nutrition, physical activity, built environment, alcohol consumption, tobacco control, infectious agents, environmental and occupational exposures, and UV/ionizing radiation.
The Directory is populated by web crawler technology that regularly scans over 50 websites for updates in Canadian policies as well as legal instruments related to the modifiable risk factors for cancer and chronic disease. The original Directory was built on a series of environmental scans tracking federal, provincial/territorial, municipal and school policies and legislation between 1997 and 2007.
For more details on the development of the Prevention Policies Directory, please refer to the peer-reviewed publication, Supporting the diffusion of healthy public policy in Canada: the Prevention Policies Directory.