Health and Safety

Hand in Hand: A Parenting Journey – Parenting Guide for Newcomers

What are the Canadian laws surrounding child abuse? Do I need to change my parenting style? Should I be scared of losing my child? Hand in Hand: A Parenting Journey answers these common questions from newcomer parents. Developed with input from Canadian families and newcomers, this guide gives families new parenting tools and information about resources to support their parenting here in Canada.

Child Safety Guide: A Checklist for New Parents

This guide features simple lists of things to do to keep children safe. It features a childproofing checklist, and topics like fire and burns, choking and suffocation, poison, water safety and more!

NEW! Emergency preparedness guide – available in 12 languages

72 hours is a long time without food and water... Being prepared for an emergency can significantly reduce the hardship that families experience during a local or city-wide emergency. Get Emergency Ready: High-rise Living is available in 12 languages, and Get Emergency Ready: Your Personal Preparedness Guide is available in English. Share them with newcomer families so they know about risks and how to prepare!

Sun safety tips to share with parents

You can help keep children safe by sharing sun safety information and tips with parents - babies and young children have sensitive skin that can be damaged easily by the sun!

Ontario Expands Free Dental Care for Kids

More than 323,000 children from low-income families are getting free dental care through the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Let parents know they can apply here.

“New In Canada” Parenting Support Series – Brochures

There are many challenges facing parents in keeping their children safe. Multilingual New In Canada Parenting Support Brochures are now available online and ready for printing! Read More

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe

This booklet is for parents and caregivers of infants from 0-12 months. It provides information on healthy sleep tips for infants and parents, how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death. Available in English and French.

Measles and Vaccination: Information to share with parents

With the recent measles outbreak, it’s a good opportunity to review policies and procedures to ensure that you are meeting requirements and following public health expectations. Some things to consider: • Do you continue to provide information to parents about immunization? • Do you understand public health expectations for documenting children’s immunization and developing an exclusion plan? Canada Public Health has information on the measles and a parent's guide to immunization. HealthLinkBC also has multilingual information about vaccination that you can share with parents. Contact your local public health office for more information.

Multilingual Resources on Wise Use of Antibiotics

Handwashing with soap and water is the best way to stop the spread infections, but antibacterial soap can lead to antibiotic resistance! Do Bugs Needs Drugs is a community program for the wise use of antibiotics, and they have parent resources and information sheets in 14 languages here.

Immunization Information For Parents

Parents Guide to Immunization Immunization Schedule Creator