Canadian and Global Perspectives on CHCs
There are currently hundreds of Community Health Centres across Canada, in all 13 provinces and territories. The first known CHC in Canada, Mount Carmel Clinic in Winnipeg, was established in 1926. At the national level, CHCs are represented and supported by the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC).
CHCs are not unique to Canada. In fact, Community Health Centres are flourishing around the world as more and more jurisdictions implement effective primary health care reforms. Large national and provincial networks of CHCs can be found in most regions of the world including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United States and other countries. At the international level, Community Health Centres are represented and supported by the International Federation of Community Health Centres (IFCHC). Canada’s national CHC association, CACHC is a founding member of the IFCHC with a seat on the IFCHC’s Directing Council.