About Us

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has been established by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to develop clinical practice guidelines that support primary care providers in delivering preventive health care.

Guideline development is based on systematic analysis of scientific evidence.

The CTFPHC will:

  • Decide on the topics for which guidelines will be developed (or updated). Decisions are informed by consultation with PHAC and Health Canada, as well as professional health associations, health charities, academic institutions, guideline producers in other countries and other relevant parties.
  • Direct the Evidence Synthesis Centre in the systematic review of scientific evidence according to key questions developed by the CTFPHC.
  • Adopt a standard methodology for assessing strength of evidence based on current scientific methods.
  • Identify when to involve experts in other disciplines, to ensure the comprehensiveness of the analysis.
  • Identify evidence gaps that need to be filled and articulate a research agenda to facilitate new research.
  • Evaluate systematic review evidence and arrive at a consensus recommendation(s).
  • Develop guidance documents for each topic, which will be easily accessible to primary health care providers.

PHAC, through the Global Health and Guidelines Division, provides guideline development expertise, research advice and scientific support to the CTFPHC.


What is the CTFPHC?

The CTFPHC is an independent body of 15 primary care and prevention experts who recognise and support the need for evidence informed preventive activities in primary care in Canada. Learn more about each of the CTFPHC members by viewing the member biographies.


What is the Target Audience?

Primary health care professionals are the CTFPHC’s primary target audience. The work of the CTFPHC is also relevant to community and public health professionals (public health nurses, nutritionists), physician specialists, other health care and allied health professionals, program developers, policy makers, and the Canadian public.




The CTFPHC is comprised of 15 primary care experts who lead the development of recommendations for clinical preventive services in Canada. The Chair and members serve a 4-year volunteer term appointment. The CTFPHC is responsible for prioritizing the topics that will be reviewed and works with the Global Health and Guidelines Division (GHGD) at the PHAC to define the analytic framework and scope of each topic. The CTFPHC works closely with the Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre ERSC and the GHGD in the preparation of evidence reviews and the development of recommendations for each topic. Through a Contribution Agreement between PHAC and the CIUSSS du-Centre-Ouest- de-l’ile de Montreal, the CTFPHC is also responsible for leading knowledge translation and dissemination activities and assists key stakeholders in designing and implementing an evaluation strategy to assess the impact of the CTFPHC’s products.

The ERSC is responsible for developing systematic evidence reviews to inform practice guidelines and recommendations. This university-based centre received funding from PHAC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and was established through a competitive granting process from CIHR. A new competitive granting process will be undertaken in 2015.

The CTFPHC stakeholders reflect the CTFPHC partnerships with established national organizations, federal and provincial government departments and linkages with other organizations involved in guideline development to coordinate and support dissemination and implementation of CTFPHC guidelines.