On April 2, 2019, the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF) released their 2019 Report Card on the status of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs in Canada at a press conference on Parliament Hill.
The 2019 EHDI Report Card exposes an alarming disparity in the hearing health services available to infants and children in Canada. This report card also reveals that little has changed since the CIHTF’s 2014 EHDI Report Card, with Canada once again receiving an overall grade of “insufficient."
April 2 Press Conference on Parliament Hill
To read the 2019 EHDI Report Card, please click on the images below.
Provincial and Territorial Results
While the CIHTF is pleased to report that Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Yukon have improved from insufficient in 2014 to a sufficient grade in 2019, they are disappointed to report that more than half of the provinces and territories in Canada have received an insufficient grade. In the case of two provinces (New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island), their overall grade fell from sufficient in 2014 to insufficient in 2019.
For more information about the grades and recommendations for each province and territory, please see the individual provincial and territorial report cards below.
The Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF), a collaboration between Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA), is a national group of leaders in hearing health who promote and advocate for comprehensive early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs across Canada.
For more information about the group's previous advocacy resources, please click here.