Health Promotion Forum


Upstream health action through well-being budgeting: Canadian reflections 

Moderator: Lindsay McLaren (she/her), Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Canada


  • Craig Joyce (he/him), Senior Analyst, Department of Finance Canada
  • Kari Wolanksi (she/her), Director, Department of Finance Canada
  • Kelsey Lucyk (she/her), Manager, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Paul Kershaw (he/him), Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Founder of Generation Squeeze Foundation, Canada
  • Val Morrison (she/her), Scientific Advisor, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, Canada

Organized by Public Health Agency of Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the longstanding public health view that collaborative action across sectors is vital for improving well-being, addressing underlying drivers of health inequities, and for building stronger, fairer, and resilient communities. In this interactive dialogue session, Canadian experts and decision-makers will share concrete examples of and reflections on Canada’s efforts to integrate considerations for health and well-being into decision-making in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

Key discussion topics include:

The alignment of well-being budgeting approaches with the public health priority of addressing upstream social determinants of health, and the potential of these approaches to advance healthy public policy.

Opportunities, challenges, and synergies for well-being approaches in Canada, within government, provinces and territories, and communities.

Perspectives on the role of public health and the health sector to advance intersectoral collaboration using tools such as well-being budgeting and similar public policy mechanisms.