Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP)


The Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP) was established in 1996 and is a joint project of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society. It contributes to the improvement of the health of children and youth in Canada by national surveillance and research into childhood disorders that are high in disability, morbidity and economic costs to society, despite their low frequency. 

The CPSP gathers data from over 2500 paediatricians and paediatric sub-specialists each month to monitor rare diseases and conditions in Canadian children. Other participants, such as coroners, paediatric surgeons and adult endocrinologists are enrolled in the program when research studies indicate their participation is required for full ascertainment. These physicians cover a paediatric population of over 7-million Canadian children and youth. In 2012, the CPSP introduced online reporting.


The CPSP has introduced two novel ways to promote studies and provide educational program-related feedback to voluntary participants:      

  1. CPSP Highlight
    Published in Paediatrics & Child Health, the Canadian Paediatric Society Journal since 2001, these highlights include short clinical vignettes from studies or one-time surveys, with brief but important learning points.
  2. Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) - Tip of the Month 
    Sent to participants on a monthly basis, this educational tool on adverse drug reaction topics aims to build support and awareness of the ADR study, facilitating case ascertainment, and impacting new information relating to the study or broader ADR surveillance topics .

Contact Details

Melanie Laffin Thibodeau

Canadian Paediatric Society
2305 St. Laurent Blvd,
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J8
Tel: 613-526-9397, ext. 239

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