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Board of Health
The Board of Health is governed by the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection.
- ensures that programs and services are delivered in response to local needs
- works with the Toronto Public Health staff to develop strategic plans, goals and policies for Toronto Public Health and ensures that these plans are efficiently implemented
- advises City Council on a broad range of health issues
- recommends to Council an annual budget of capital and operating expenditures
- considers matters relevant to the management and delivery of quality public health programs and services such as:
- health assessment
- health protection
- disease prevention
- health promotion
Board Size and Composition
The Board of Health consists of 13 members and is composed of:
- 6 Council Members;
- 6 citizen members; and
- 1 education representative.
Chair and Vice-Chair
Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, the Board of Health elects the chair of the Board from amongst its members. The Board also elects a vice-chair from amongst its members.
Term of Office
The term of office for citizen members of the Board is four years from the date of appointment, generally coincident with the term of Council.
The term of office for Council Members of the Board is two years.
The board meets at Toronto City Hall approximately 10 times a year or more frequently at the call of the Chair.