Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

 The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) provides perinatal health and nutrition services to families facing adverse life circumstances, including poverty, social isolation, and adolescent pregnancy. Funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada, CPNP programming is implemented by community agencies across Canada. Programming activities can vary between CPNP sites, depending on community needs, available partners, and other contextual factors. Ultimately, the aims of the CPNP are to improve birth outcomes and breastfeeding and to strengthen community partnerships for perinatal health.

This report presents the findings of a survey of CPNP sites across Canada (excluding Quebec), conducted from May–July 2023. The aims of the survey were

  1. To document the types of lactation and food supports provided by CPNP sites to CPNP participants; and
  2. To understand how CPNP programming was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Jo-Anna Baxter, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Alison Mildon, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Jane Francis, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Professor Daniel Sellen

  • Professor Deborah O'Connor

Funding for the survey was provided by The Sprott Foundation and the Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition.