Creating healthier people and places

The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact aspires to a Canada that is free from preventable cancers, other chronic diseases and their causes. Our role is to improve the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. 

Interdependent programs  

  1. The Tobacco Control program supports advocacy and policy change, as well as prevention and cessation interventions, with relevant evidence;
  2. The Healthy Living program focuses on environments that shape health behaviours, especially healthy eating and physical activity, and among priority populations, including children and youth; and
  3. The Capacity Development program focuses on scientific innovations, training and learning opportunities for students and health professionals, and sparking and supporting new collaborations within and across policy, practice and research sectors.

Propel prioritizes 

  • activities that maximize alignment with major stakeholders (e.g., Canadian Cancer Society, University of Waterloo, Public Health Agency of Canada) and seek opportunities for collaboration
  • collaborations that emphasize pan-Canadian influence and equity
  • research to develop scientific innovations
  • events that catalyze collaborations across disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors to advance prevention goals

Propel was founded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Waterloo.