Resources on the Social Determinants of Health in Canada

Print Materials

Chronic Disease Alliance of Ontario (2008). Primer to Action: Social Determinants of Health. Toronto: Chronic Disease Alliance of Ontario.

Raphael, D. (2016). About Canada: Health and Illness, 2nd edition.
Halifax: Fernwood Publishers.

Raphael, D. (2016). Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, 3rd edition.
Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

World Health Organization. (2008). Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Media Resources

California Newsreel (2008). Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Public Health Agency of Canada (2019). Health Inequalities in Canada. Youtube.

Poor No More (2010).

Santé Montréal (2014). Unequal - Social Inequalities in Health. Youtube.

Let’s Start a Conversation about Health (2020)

Website Resources

Canadian Public Health Association: Resources.

Homeless Hub

Research to Identify Policy Options to Reduce Food Insecurity

Public Health Agency of Canada: Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health Communication Network

World Health Organization: Social Determinants of Health Action

Policy and Advocacy Organizations Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Progressive Public Policy Organizations

Acorn Canada

Broadbent Institute

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Council of Canadians

Parkland Institute

Wellesley Institute

SDOH Advocacy Organizations


People’s Health Movement Canada

Health Promotion Canada


Childcare Canada Resource and Research Unit

Child Care Now

Disability Groups

Disabled Women’s Network of Ontario

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Independent Living Canada

Employment and Working Conditions

Canadian Labour Congress

Institute for Work & Health

Food Insecurity

Food Secure Canada

Dietitians of Canada: Action Groups


Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network

Institute for Circumpolar Health Research


Council of Canadians: Trade

CCPA Trade and Investment Research Project

Health Services

Canadian Health Coalition

Canadian Doctors for Medicare

Health Providers Against Poverty

Housing and Homelessness

Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto

Cooperative Housing Federation

Homeless Hub

Right to Housing

Indigenous Health

Assembly of First Nations

National Aboriginal Health Organization

National Collaboration Centre on Indigenous Health


Canadian Council for Refugees

KAIROS: Migrant Justice

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants


Basic Income Network Canada

Canada without Poverty

Campaign 2000

Citizens for Public Justice

Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty


Canadian Anti-Hate Network

The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network

Colour of Poverty

Social Exclusion

Maytree Foundation

Metropolis Project


CCPA Making Women Count Project

CEDAW - Feminist Alliance for International Action

YWCA Canada