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Ottawa Charter for health promotion

The Ottawa Charter is a global health milestone, and remains a vital reference for health promotion. The Charter identifies five components of health promotion action and prerequisites for health, including peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable ecosystem, sustainable resources, social justice and equity.

Use this resource to

  • gain a better understanding of Canada’s historic contributions to health promotion and global public health;
  • reflect on the Canadian public health context; and
  • support the development of policy, programs, and practice to promote health equity.


World Health Organization (1986). Ottawa charter for health promotion. Retrieved from World Health Organization website:

Tags: Public Health Organization, Document, Key Historical Resource