What are the National Collaborating Centres?


Established in 2005 and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health work together to promote the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices, programs and policies in Canada.

A unique knowledge hub, the NCCs identify knowledge gaps, foster networks and provide the public health system with an array of evidence-based resources, multi-media products, and knowledge translation services.

To learn more about the six NCCs and their objectives, watch this animated video.


The National Collaborating Centres in Action

The NCCs are located across Canada, and each focuses on a different public health priority. The six centres are:

The NCCs of NCCPH NCC for Environmental Health (NCCEH), British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, BC, addresses health risks associated with the physical environment and identifies evidence-based interventions to reduce those risks. A leading initiative concerns the safety of small drinking water systems in Canada.


The NCCs of NCCPHNCC for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, focuses on marginalized populations and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI prevention) to improve related prevention programs across Canada.


The NCCs of NCCPHNCC for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), Institut national de sante publique du Quebec (INSPQ), Montreal, Quebec, promotes informed strategies concerning policy and health impacts, with a focus on health impact assessment tools and processes.

The NCCs of NCCPHNCC for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, provides leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health and develops interactive tools to help enhance evidence-informed public health practice and policy.


The NCCs of NCCPHNCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, addresses the role of non-medical factors including income, social status and education, with a focus on early child development as a determinant of health.


The NCCs of NCCPHNCC for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, B.C., focuses on the health of a population and addresses health inequities experienced by Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.



Working Together

The NCCs are funded by contribution agreements under the sponsorship of a host organization, and operate at arm's length from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The national program draws on the expertise, perspectives and resources of individual centres to help get knowledge into practice and policy.