Guiding Principles

The National Lung Health Framework is grounded in several important guiding principles. Any goal set, and any strategy or activity proposed by the Framework, was developed within the following context:

  • Efforts at improving respiratory health and overall wellness must be based on the needs of individuals, families, and communities, and with their participation.
  • For all people living in Canada to attain equitable access to the benefits of respiratory health, we must eliminate barriers to prevention, management, and care by addressing the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health.
  • A key element of respiratory health is to improve quality of life at all stages throughout the continuum of care - from before birth through to the end of life.
  • Respiratory health initiatives and programs must be culturally sensitive and respectful, building on existing strengths and values.
  • Advocacy plays a crucial role in influencing policy and related behavior change.
  • Progress can be maximized through collaboration with other health frameworks, strategies, initiatives, and programs, allowing health sectors, disciplines and jurisdictions to come together and build partnerships, share best practices, and encourage development of policy initiatives.


Two additional principles will guide the Framework's ongoing development and implementation process:

  • The Framework will be developed and implemented with the cooperation, collaboration, and participation of stakeholders and all levels of government.
  • This is a "living process," flexible and responsive to evolving needs, research, and knowledge, and moving forward in the context of continuous evaluation and quality improvement.