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Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Public Health and You

Your questions about public health answered...all in one place.

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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

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Strengthening the capacity of health professionals across all care settings and in all communities across Ontario.

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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:

The OPHA provides leadership on issues affecting the public's health and works to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA creates and maintains advocacy initiatives with a province-wide perspective. For more information, please visit the following pages:

This section includes the latest news about the OPHA and its programs, upcoming OPHA events, and other news of interest to the public health sector. For more information, please visit the following pages:

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

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

The OPHA Member’s Lounge is a dedicated space reserved for our OPHA members to store and access important information and exclusive resources. The Lounge includes the following:



Permanent funding for public transit is a big win for public health and social equity

Public health organizations applaud today’s announcement from the federal government that it is making annual transit transfers to cities a permanent program. The permanent transit transfer will be worth $3-billion per year beginning in 2026-27.

OPHA's Award of Excellence 2020

Each year, OPHA recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of public health in Ontario by conferring a prestigious roster of awards to deserving individuals.


OPHA wrapped up our eight weeks #PublicHealthHeroes campaign and we wanted to take a moment to thank our participants and to invite you to participate in the second phase of our campaign #PublicHealthHeroesStories.

Public Health & Environmental Groups release new report showing health benefits of cleaner vehicles in the GTHA

Environmental Defence and the Ontario Public Health Association release a new report showing the health benefits of cleaner vehicles in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.


OPHA is launching a campaign to recognize the many #PublicHealthHeroes working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep Ontario communities healthy and safe.

OPHA provides preliminary assessment of alcohol regulations proposed in the 2019 Ontario Budget

OPHA's alcohol workgroup prepared a preliminary assessment to assist local public health units and municipalities to better understand the policy context and public health perspective related to the alcohol policy changes proposed in Ontario's budget. Click to read more!

Media Release: OPHA applauds the new Canada’s Food Guide

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) and its Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) welcome the release of Canada’s Food Guide and healthy eating recommendations.

CAMH and OPHA calling for a Provincial Alcohol Strategy

CAMH and OPHA are calling for the development of a Provincial Alcohol Strategy to mitigate the health, social, and economic impact of alcohol-use in Ontario.

Use and retail of vapour products and cannabis

OPHA's Response to Ontario Regulation 268/18 Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, Proposal #18-HLTC024


Alcohol Harms and Costs in Ontario

The Truth about Alcohol in Durham Region

Alcohol Workgroup Monthly Post

Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue

Alcohol Workgroup Post

New Podcast: Food, Law & Public Health

A new podcast on public health law.

ECO and OPHA call for Action on Earth Day

Earth Day 2018 – Thinking about energy & health

New Podcasts: Menu Labelling in Ontario and Beyond

Listen to two experts speak about menu labeling.

Growing Demand for Placental Encapsulation Services in Ontario

I am writing on behalf of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA)’s Reproductive Health Workgroup to express concern over the growing public demand for and commercialization of placental encapsulation services.

Fake News and Public Health: Harvard Professor to Speak at OPHA Forum

Dr. Seymour will be speaking at the Ontario Public Health Association’s (OPHA) 2017 Fall Forum on Wednesday, November 9th in Toronto.

Nutrition Resource Centre Releases New Report on Healthy Eating in Ontario

New report: Healthy Eating in Ontario: What Do We Know?

Ontario Public Health Association Encouraged by Ontario’s New Cannabis Plan

OPHA is pleased to see the Ontario Government putting the public’s health and safety first in its announcement today of a new system for the sale and distribution of cannabis.

Podcast Launch: Food and Health Today

Learn more about Food and Health Today- a new podcast by the OPHA and NRC!

Alcohol and Older Adults

Alcohol Workgroup Newsletter Post

OPHA applauds the passing of Bill C-44

Alcohol Workgroup Blog Post

Towards healthier eating in Ontario recreation settings

A new resource aims to bring healthier foods and beverages to Ontario recreation settings.

Advocacy package highlighting ongoing modernization of retail alcohol sales

The Ontario Public Health Association is concerned about the delay in moving forward with a comprehensive province-wide alcohol policy as announced in December 2015

Ontario needs a Provincial Alcohol Strategy

May Blog Post by the Alcohol Workgroup

Next Agricultural Policy Framework

Letter to Minister Leal

2017 Budget - Province of Ontario

OPHA's perspective on the 2017 Ontario budget.

Ontario Government Announces Basic Income Pilot

OPHA’s support for basic income is informed by overwhelming evidence of the powerful link between income and health.

Social Acceptance of Marketing Alcohol

Alcohol Workgroup Blog Post

Additional Membership Benefits

Great savings as an OPHA member

Release of the Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy

A multi-sector approach for healthy eating and food in Ontario.

Rethink Your Drinking – Size Matters

Alcohol Workgroup Monthly Blog

OPHA by the Numbers in 2016

Brief Recap of OPHA's 2016

Proposed Amendments to the Ontario Building Code

Re: EBR Registry Number: 012-8208 – Proposed Amendments to the Ontario Building Code

Give the Gift of Membership

Give your friends, colleagues and professors Membership to OPHA!

Is alcohol really good for your health?

November Blog Post Alcohol Workgroup

Submission on Coordinated land Use Review

Written by the Built Environment Workgroup

The Power of Persuasion, Round Two

October Alcohol Workgroup Blog Post

OPHA Letter on Plain Packaging for Tobacco

Re: Consultation on “Plain and Standardized Packaging” for Tobacco Products

Alcohol and Pregnancy

Alcohol Prevention Workgroup

What’s in Your Bottle?

August Alcohol Workgroup Blog Post

Letter for the Making Healthy Menu Choices Act

By Dietitians of Canada, OSNPPH, and OPHA

Seasonal Trends in Alcohol Consumption

July post from the Alcohol Workgroup

Why Ontario Needs a Provincial Alcohol Strategy

Pegeen Walsh's presentation on the importance of this strategy.

Hello my name is... OPHA!

Be Current. Be heard. Be Connected.

Charity Film Night "Just Eat It"

Join us for our Inaugural Film Fundraiser!

Alcohol use before and during pregnancy

By the Alcohol Prevention Workgroup

Let's reduce the burden of alcohol in Ontario

Alcohol Prevention Workgroup

What is a Drink? Standard Alcohol Labelling for Consumers

By OPHA's Alcohol Prevention Workgroup

Advocacy in Focus

Fall Forum 2015 Project

Launch of NRC Navigator

By the Nutrition Resource Centre

From Grad School to the Real World

New Professionals Workgroup Blog Post

Year in Review

Check out our new video!

Beer Sales in Grocery Stores

OPHA is concerned about the government’s recent announcement...

It’s not all about sex

Why Ontario’s new Health and Physical Education curriculum is good for kids and parents


Enhancing the Health of Ontarians: A Call to Action for Preconception Health Promotion & Care

Updated! OPHA welcomes new Health and Physical Activity Curriculum

The OPHA welcomed the introduction today of the Ministry of Education’s new Health and Physical Activity Curriculum.

Missed our Open House?

Mini Presentations Presented at OPHA's Jan. Open House!

Members' Forum

February Invite

Members' Forum

Join us on October 30th!

New Professionals Oct. Blog Post!

October 2014 NPWG Blog Post

Toxic Partners Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

By the Ontario Toxics Reduction Working Group

OPHA Backgrounder

OPHA Backgrounder in 12 Slides

Recent Reports Flagged by the Alcohol Prevention WG

OPHA Alcohol Prevention Workgroup Update

OPHA in the News

The OPHA has been featured in the news - read on to find out why!

Our Story: The Birth of the New Professionals Working Group

New Blog Post by the New Professionals Workgroup

OPHA Releases Provincial Election Asks

OPHA is engaging in the Ontario Election in several ways, including creating a comprehensive policy document that outlines our recommendations for improving the health and well-being of Ontarians.

OPHA Update

Read our latest update now!

Healthiest Province 2014

Make Ontario the Healthiest Province

Public Health & the Media: Minimum Wage

Blog post by the New Professionals WG

Summer Internship

New opening position

Proposed regulatory amendments to the Liquor Licence Act

Submission to the Ministry of the Attorney General

New NPWG Blog Post: Food for Thought

New blog post by the New Professionals Workgroup.

OPHA Responds to 2014 Federal Budget

The OPHA commends the inclusion of a tobacco tax increase in the 2014 Federal Budget.

Landing Your First Job in Public Health: Lessons Learned

New blog post by the New Professionals Workgroup.

Response to Development Charges Act Consultation

A response letter by the Built Environment Workgroup

OPHA response to Ontario’s Education Strategy: “From Great to Excellent”

OPHA's Breastfeeding Promotion Network submitted a response to the Ministry of Education on November 15, 2013 to inform the next phase of Ontario’s Education Strategy: “From Great to Excellent”.

OPHA Attends Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Consultations

Along with other health, public, and industry representatives, the OPHA was invited to attend the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s consultations in conjunction with announcements in relation to the Healthy Kids Panel report.

OPHA responds to expansion of Student Nutrition Programs in Ontario

Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) agrees with this expansion of Student Nutrition Programs and the action the government is taking to provide kids a healthy start.

OPHA responds to Regulatory Modernization in Ontario’s Beverage Alcohol Industry

The OPHA is concerned with policies that govern the control and sale of alcohol in the province.

Forum to highlight links between alcohol and chronic disease

Experts in the area of Substance Abuse Prevention will gather in Toronto to showcase and discuss emerging research in a forum cosponsored by OPHA.

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