Mandate and Responsibilities

The Board of Health is a local board of the City, governed by the Health Protection and Promotion Act to direct and oversee the work of Toronto Public Health, as required by the Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Board of Health, through the work of Toronto Public Health:

  • ensures public health programs and services are delivered according to provincial standards and in response to local needs;
  • works with 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; and
  • recommends to Council annual capital and operating budgets.

The Board of Health considers matters relevant to the management and delivery of quality public health programs and services in the areas of:

  • health assessment;
  • health protection;
  • disease prevention; and
  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizens are eligible for appointment to the Board of Health, and eligible to remain on the Board after being appointed, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, a person is ineligible for appointment to the Board if their services are employed by the Board of Health for the City of Toronto or by any other board of health.


Citizen members of the Board of Health should collectively demonstrate a range of qualifications including:

  • interest or background in issues affecting municipal public health programs and services;
  • interest or skills in planning and policy development leading to a comprehensive municipal public health agenda that meets local community needs;
  • experience in organizational activities, such as committees, non-profit groups, voluntary societies, occupational associations;
  • skills in leadership and management and/or experience in administration and budget development;
  • demonstrated skills in conflict management, negotiation and mediation; and
  • ability to make a commitment to monthly involvement in Board of Health meetings and related committee or other activities.

In addition, a youthful perspective, defined as an individual in the 18-30 age range, is a desired qualification for at least one citizen member.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members of the Board (citizen members at-large) are recruited through an advertised recruitment process. The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy. The Board of Health Nominating Committee supports the process.

Appointments Process – Education Representative

The Board of Health Nominating Committee invites the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to nominate one candidate each for education representative for consideration by the Civic Appointments Committee.


The Board meets approximately 10 times a year or more frequently at the call of the Chair. Board meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where a subject matter is being considered that is set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.


Citizen members of the Board receive remuneration of $125 per diem, the rate set by the Province of Ontario. Remuneration is provided for attendance at Board meetings, Board subcommittee meetings or attendance at meetings as official representatives of the Board which are authorized by the Board.

No remuneration is paid to Council Members on the Board.