Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services, and Accountability (Standards)

The Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services, and Accountability (Standards) identify the minimum expectations for public health programs and services to be delivered by Ontario's 36 boards of health.

The Standards consist of the following sections:

  • Defining the work that public health does, which includes the Foundational and Program Standards;
  • Strengthened accountability, which includes the Public Health Accountability Framework and Organizational Requirements; and
  • Transparency and Demonstrating Impact, which includes the Public Health Indicator Framework for Program Outcomes and Contributions to Population Health Outcomes and Transparency Framework: Disclosure and Reporting Requirements.

The protocols and guidelines that accompany the Standards are program and topic-specific documents incorporated into the Standards which provide direction on how boards of health shall operationalize specific requirement(s) identified in the Standards. The Standards are published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care as per Section 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The Standards have been provided to Ontario’s 36 boards of health.

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