Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH), in partnership with the
Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), has created this website
to increase awareness of children's exposure to potential contaminants
in the areas where children grow, learn and play. You will find
reliable, up-to-date information that allows you to make informed
decisions about how to create safe and healthy spaces for young
a Healthy Spaces Site?
are not “little adults”. They are more vulnerable to toxic exposures,
because they are growing and developing. Pound for pound, children
breathe, eat and drink more than adults. Their developing systems
are more sensitive to external threats, and their immune systems
are immature and less able to remove contaminants.
you know that in Canada, on average, infants and young children
spend over 90% of their time in closed, artificial environments?
That means that most of the day small children are either in a vehicle,
a house or a child care setting. Our primarily urban culture and
our harsh climate lead to extensive indoor child rearing. Vehicles
are among the most toxic of enclosed spaces. New homes and child
care facilities are often built “airtight” with materials that release
substances such as formaldehyde. Carpets are traps for dust, moulds
and other toxic substances.
this mean parents and caregivers are doing something wrong? Not
necessarily, but this interactive website can help Canadians make
more informed decisions to better protect children.
to err on the side of caution
Spaces is based on the Precautionary Principle. By empowering parents
and caregivers with information, they can respond on the side of
caution to create healthy and safe environments for children. A
proactive philosophy helps parents and caregivers to create spaces
that are truly safe by design.
invite you to tour our virtual community and learn more about creating
healthy spaces for children.