From Tiny Tot to Toddler is a practical guide that contains scientifically supported information about pregnancy, delivery and the first two years of a child’s life. A free printed guide is given to all new Québec parents at the beginning of pregnancy follow-up. Parents involved in an adoption process can also receive a free guide.

Over the past 10 years, an annual increase in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease and two record years of West Nile virus cases have been observed, which denotes a change in the epidemiological situation of zoonoses in Québec. Climate change impacts are also expected to foster the emergence or geographical expansion of other zoonoses. In response to such change, several zoonotic disease monitoring optimization initiatives have been undertaken. 

The data contained in this fact sheet have been derived from six probability surveys conducted from March 29, 2020 to April 28, 2021 throughout Canada (including Québec) and one survey carried out exclusively in Québec. The surveys were conducted with people aged 15 and older (3 surveys), 18 and older (3 surveys), and 25 and older (1 survey). The changes in alcohol consumption are based on self-reported data. Only those related to an increase in consumption and its associated characteristics are presented.

An abundance of scientific evidence from around the world points to the adverse effects of workplace psychosocial risks on mental health1 and physical health. Over the past few years, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) and its collaborators have developed a Tool for Identifying Psychosocial Risk Factors in the Workplace, which allows these risks to be identified and analyzed, and approaches to reducing their impact in the workplace to be proposed.

Key points

  • Outdoor recreational facilities are beneficial to physical health, notably because they provide an environment that encourages physical activity among different population groups. 
  • Outdoor recreational facilities provide opportunities for enjoyable activities and facilitate social interaction, and can thus contribute to mental health and well-being. 
  • It is necessary to reflect on how to construct outdoor recreational facilities.

  • Vulnerability is a concept widely used by public health actors to designate the groups or individuals affected by a measure or intervention. However, this concept is broad and can have several meanings. 
  • Designating a vulnerable group within a population with the aim of protecting it from one or more dangers runs the risk of assigning its members an identity or situation that does not always correspond to their experience.

Adverse childhood experiences in families (e.g. physical violence, sexual violence, exposure to domestic violence, parent with a mental health issues) are one of the factors that increase the risk of suicide. This synthesis of eight literature reviews analyzes the characteristics and effectiveness of interventions implemented outside clinical settings in reducing adverse childhood experiences and their consequences. It also discusses the results obtained regarding suicide prevention.