Since 2008, the Public Health Champion Awards have recognized individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting and promoting the health of Toronto’s residents.

Awards were presented to one individual and one organization for their demonstrated achievements in one or more of the following four areas:

1. Providing leadership in efforts to reduce health inequalities.

For example:

  • advocating for public policies that address determinants of health
  • contributing to the expansion of public health evidence and knowledge base

2. Fostering collaboration to improve the health of the population.

For example:

  • strengthening partnerships across sectors and among diverse groups
  • developing knowledge exchange strategies to promote awareness and deepen commitments to public health

3. Building community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies.

For example:

  • advancing new approaches to cross-cultural communications
  • empowering marginalized and vulnerable populations

4. Achieving impact by acting as a catalyst for positive change.

For example:

  • mobilizing resources to respond to an emerging public health issue
  • affecting improvements to public health indicators or outcomes


The Public Health Champion Awards will not be conducted in 2018. Please email for more information.

Congratulations to all our past Public Health Champion Award winners below.