About the Pediatric Chairs of Canada

Founded in 1960 as the Assembly of Canadian University Pediatric Department Heads, and incorporated as the Pediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) in 2002. PCC represent all 17 university affiliated teaching hospitals in Canada, and half of all Canadian pediatricians work within PCC Departments of Pediatrics which provide health care to children in diverse regions across Canada.



The mission of the Pediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) is to provide national leadership in paediatric research and education to promote the health and health care of children and youth.

Goals & Objectives

The goals and objectives of this national organization are to:

  • Enhance our national and international advocacy for pediatric education and research to improve the health of infants, children and youth.

  • Enhance our role in the development of high quality, high impact pediatric oriented research that spans the continuum from prevention to promotion of pediatric health.

  • Promote and enhance our role as leaders in pediatric education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education levels.

  • Promote and assist in the development of effective human resource planning for academic pediatrics and child and youth health care delivery.

  • Work together to promote child and youth access to coordinated health services in the best possible environment within academic health science centres and the communities they serve.

  • Develop collaborative relationships with other national and international organizations that will assist PCC in fulfilling its mission.

Addressing the Challenges of Canadian Departments of Pediatrics

PCC is committed to implementing transitional strategies and processes to address the priorities and challenges of many Canadian Departments of Pediatrics.

Priorities & Challenges

  • Building on the individual strengths of academic pediatrics across Canada by establishing a national infrastructure to address key child and youth health issues.

  • Increasing the national profile of pediatrics within all levels of government, research agencies, etc.

  • Sustaining optimal clinical care programs for children & youth.

  • Achieving and sustaining the required critical mass to deliver tertiary care across all regions.

  • Achieving and sustaining the required critical mass needed to address current research challenges.

  • Defining the needs and uniqueness of “Academic Pediatrics” within the current climate of “Health Care Reform”.

  • Achieving optimal recognition within health sciences centres without being free-standing children’s hospitals.

Transitional Strategies & Processes

  • To provide evidence that supports the need for transitional strategies and processes

  • To identify strategies for “Best Practice” in the continuous and comprehensive care of children and youth with chronic health conditions

  • To determine health care priorities for the care of children, youth and families across Canada

  • To address the discontinuation of care and treatment between pediatric and adult services

  • To focus on treatment needs to include ongoing health maintenance and monitoring

PCC values its close linkages with many national and international organizations:

  • Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC)

  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)

  • Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)

  • Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC)