Ministry Reports

Operation Health Protection

An Action Plan to Prevent Threats to our Health and to Promote a Healthy Ontario

June 22, 2004

Executive Summary

Operation Health Protection is a bold 3-year Action Plan to revitalize our public health system by preventing threats to our health and promoting a healthy Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is taking decisive steps to rebuild a system weakened by a decade of decline.

The Plan sets out specific actions over the next three years and the results that Ontarians can expect from these actions. Acting on the directions in the reports on the SARS crisis by the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health chaired by Dr. David Naylor, the Expert Panel on SARS and Infectious Disease Control chaired by Dr. David Walker, and the Interim Report of Mr. Justice Archie Campbell, Operation Health Protection calls on the Ministry, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, municipalities, health providers and Public Health Units to work together to rebuild Ontario's public health system.

The Plan focuses on :

  • Creation of a Health Protection and Promotion Agency
  • Public Health Renewal
  • Health Emergency Management
  • Infection Control and Communicable Disease Capacity
  • Health Human Resources
  • Infrastructure for Health System Preparedness

The government investing a total of $273 million to support this plan in 2004/05, growing to $469 million by 2007/08. This includes an immediate investment of $41.7 million in new funding in 2004/05 to support this plan.


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