Elections: Health matters

Get informed. Get involved. Go vote!

When you vote, you register your opinion on how you think the government should operate. It’s your right. Voters consistently rate health care as a top concern and the public health system is a powerful resource to help increase health opportunities for everyone in the community.

Voters: What to consider

Governments play an important role in shaping policies that impact all aspects of our lives, including our health. Public Health Sudbury & Districts aims to highlight several key public health issues for candidates and voters to consider during an election cycle. We are counting on you to make health matter in your election journey and beyond.

Decide how you will vote by:

Browse this section to learn about how you can get informed, get involved, and go vote.

Climate change

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. The Canadian Public Health Association has identified actions to fight climate change and will produce immediate health benefits, reduce healthcare costs, and improve social cohesion and equity in our communities:
    1. develop effective and evidence-based climate action plans that demonstrate a national approach to achieving emission reductions needed to do its fair  share to keep global warming below 1.5OC
    2. develop and properly fund transition policies and programs to support an equitable transition for individuals and their communities who may be impacted by the transition to a low carbon economy
    3. make strong commitments to minimize the impact of climate change
  2. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

Opioids

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Support a proactive, comprehensive national drug strategy that includes opioids and focuses on education, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement.
  2. Support access to a wide range of options to meet the diverse needs of people who consume drugs.
  3. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Alcohol

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Support the development, planning, and implementation of alcohol-related interventions and other policy levers to reduce risks and harms from alcohol.
  2. Support the creation of a comprehensive national alcohol strategy to address the harms of increasing access to alcohol.
  3. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Poverty


Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Introduce a basic income for all Canadians by enhancing current federal programs, such as the Canada Child Benefit, Old Age Security, and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, to ensure a minimum income for all Canadians.
  2. Fully enact Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  3. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Tobacco & vaping

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Align the regulation and enforcement of vaping, tobacco products, and the industry.
  2. Prohibit the manufacture and sale of all flavoured vaping products.
  3. Prohibit promotion targeting youth.
  4. Apply restrictions to the concentration and/or delivery of nicotine in vaping products.
  5. Regulate design features of tobacco and vaping products and adopt plain, standardized packaging of these products. Additionally, require labelling to warn against the dangers of, and modification to, these products.
  6. Restrict online retail access and align with online sales of alcohol or cannabis.
  7. Increase regulatory transparency and openness, inform the public of the regulations of vaping and tobacco products, dispel myths related to vaping, and share facts on the harms associated with the use of vaping products.
  8. Increase tobacco taxes and taxes on vaping products, considering automatic adjustments to inflation, while increasing enforcement of anti-contraband efforts.
  9. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Affordable housing

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Fully implement Canada’s National Housing Strategy – A Place to Call Home focussing on the following commitments:
    1. committing to the announced 10-year, $55+ billion plan
    2. work with provincial and municipal governments to increase new housing supply
    3. addressing housing needs for priority populations
  2. Initiate the development of the National Housing Council and Federal Housing Advocate roles to support continued advice to the federal government on improving housing outcomes and monitoring of the National Housing Strategy.
  3. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Food policy

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Fully enact the vision of the Food Policy for Canada by addressing priority outcomes and action areas. In particular:
    1. include nutrition and health as key policy drivers to ensure a sustainable food system that promotes the health of individuals, communities, and the environment
    2. address the urgent challenges and unique food systems in northern and remote communities and of Indigenous Peoples24
    3. continue to support and work with the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council
    4. ensure the cross-government reporting framework for measuring and tracking progress towards priority outcomes is in place
  2. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Indigenous healing, health, and well-being

Get involved.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Work across jurisdictions to provide equitable health care services to all Indigenous people. Jordan’s Principle must be upheld for children and expanded to all First Nations people.
  2. Move forward the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
    Calls to Action, and support the efforts of Indigenous people in achieving self-determination, all while being transparent about the processes and progress in meeting these objectives.
  3. Work with providers and leverage opportunities to facilitate the provision of safe living conditions that allow residents to thrive in all First Nation communities. For example, access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation infrastructure.
  4. Support Indigenous culture as a determinant of Indigenous health. For example, spirituality, food, and connection to the land. When Indigenous culture can flourish, it can positively transform all aspects of life, including health.
  5. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Mental health

Get informed.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Prioritize healthy public policies to develop and sustain positive mental health for all. Privilege investments impacting the social determinants of health such as social inclusion, freedom from stigma, violence and discrimination, and access to economic resources.
  2. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Racism

Get involved.

Key actions. Get involved:

  1. Fully enact Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019-2020 with immediate efforts to:
    1. work with federal departments, agencies, and programs that the
      federal government funds to address the effects of discrimination, including but not limited to, the review of their systems, regulations, policies, processes, and practices to identify and remove racist approaches
    2. engaging racialized communities in a meaningful way to involve them in government decisions that will impact them
    3. expedite the efforts related to the Anti-Racism Action Program particularly those efforts in key areas of employment and justice
    4. continue efforts to work with the digital industry to better address violent extremist and terrorist use of the internet and online hate, in addition to other federal government efforts to address online harm
    5. develop and implement continuous accounting and monitoring mechanisms to demonstrate steps taken to respond to these recommendations
  2. In addition to the planned National Public Education and Awareness Campaign, ensure sustainable funding to support ongoing cultural humility training and other training to address racism.
  3. Download Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ election primer for candidates. (PDF, 4 MB)

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Federal, provincial, and municipal elections

For information on upcoming and past elections, candidates, political parties, electoral districts, and voter registration visit the following websites:

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing also has municipal election resources for voters as well as for candidates.

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References

  1. World Health Organization (WHO). (2016, March 3). WHO Director-General Keynote address at the Human Rights council panel discussion on climate change and the right to health. Geneva, Switzerland. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2016/human-rightscouncil/en/
  2. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. (2018). Let’s Make Health Matter. Retrieved from https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/docs/default-source/hu-aboutus/2018-prov-primerweb-lr.pdf?sfvrsn=2
  3. Canadian Public Health Association. (2019). Call to Action on Climate Change and Health.
  4. Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. (2019). National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada (January 2016 to December 2018). Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. Retrieved from https://health-infobase.canada.ca/datalab/national-surveillance-opioid-mortality.html
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This item was last modified on October 22, 2019