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The OPHA is a not‐for‐profit member‐based association that provides leadership in advancing public health in Ontario. Our Association represents six public and community health disciplines and our membership represents many public health and community health professionals from Ontario. To learn more about us, our structure, strategic direction, or membership, please visit the following links:

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The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

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Alcohol Policy Opportunities for Ontario Municipalities


Alcohol Policy Opportunities for Ontario Municipalities

Alcohol Policy Opportunities for Ontario Municipalities
March 15, 2018
We are excited to share a new resource for those working in the area of alcohol policy at the local level. Alcohol Policy Review: Opportunities for Ontario Municipalities outlines effective and feasible policy actions to reduce alcohol harms.
 
In 2016, three Ontario health units – Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, Durham Region Health Department and Thunder Bay District Health Unit - joined forces to explore policy options that take a step further than traditional Municipal Alcohol Policies (MAPs) which are focused exclusively on municipal properties.  We asked the question, how can local governments manage alcohol off municipally-owned properties to prevent or reduce alcohol-related harms? There are numerous resources to support MAP development. However, resources to guide policy development outside of municipally-owned properties have not previously been available.
 
To address this gap, we turned to a municipal planning expert, Sari Liem of Liem Strategic Integration Inc. (LSI) to conduct a policy review. LSI reviewed alcohol guidance documents, legislation relating to municipalities and alcohol, and existing policies and practices in the Canadian and international context. LSI also conducted interviews with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and with municipalities that had implemented policies to learn from their experiences. This review identifies local alcohol policy options external to MAPs and assesses their feasibility in Ontario. The report goes on to make recommendations for health units and municipal governments to move policies forward, and provides real-world policy examples.
 
The full report and accompanying executive summary booklets are now available for health units and municipal planners on the OPHA Website. We hope these resources will be helpful in developing local policies to reduce harms from alcohol.
 
- Submitted by OPHA's Alcohol Workgroup

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