Municipal election: health matters

In Ontario, only about half of eligible voters turn out to vote. When you vote, you register your opinion on how you think the government should operate. It’s your right.

Members of municipal government play an important role in shaping policies that impact all aspects of our lives, including our health. Public Health Sudbury & Districts looks to these leaders to take action in improving opportunities for health by building a sustainable path forward to optimally support the health of those in our communities.

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Priority issues


Municipal Election: Health Matters (PDF, 360 KB)

Voters consistently rate health care as a top concern at election time. Although access to health care and pressures on the system are often profiled, preventative measures are proven less costly and help keep us out of hospitals in the first place. Addressing income, social status and supports, education, and literacy are important factors that impact our health. No one should be at risk of poor health because of their social and economic situations.

Below is a collection of priorities for the upcoming municipal election. Most have been adapted from the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, with the exception of the section on income security, which is adapted from the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health’s “No Money for Food is… Cent$less” campaign. The following priorities would bring about sweeping changes in health outcomes, preventing illness, and mortality for thousands of people.

Members of municipal government play an important role in shaping policies that impact allaspects of our lives, including our health. Public Health Sudbury & Districts looks to these leaders to take action in improving opportunities for health by building a sustainable path forward to optimally support the health of those in our communities.

Access to health care and health care system sustainability is…

seen as the number one issue determining how people will vote. Did you know that investing in health promotion and preventive measures are less costly and keep us out of hospitals and clinics in the first place? Addressing income, social status and supports, education, and literacy are important factors that impact our health.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts encourages that the following issues are prioritized when developing health platforms. These priorities were informed by those prepared by the Association of Local Public Health Agenciesi and can be found on their website.

Issues and recommendations on key public health priority areas

Opioids

Key recommendation

Support a proactive, comprehensive and multi-stakeholder plan for opioids that includes education, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement.

Alcohol

Key recommendation

Support the development of Municipal Alcohol Policies, planning and implementation of alcohol-related interventions and other policy levers to
reduce risk and harm from alcohol.

Income Security

Key recommendation

Investing in affordable housing and accessible and affordable public transportation while supporting and working with anti-poverty coalition and food policy councils..

Tobacco

Key recommendation

Support municipal leaders’ use of local lawmaking authority to restrict tobacco and reduce exposure in areas not covered by provincial legislation.

Support the implementation of the modernized Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, announced May 2018, to achieve the lowest smoking rates in Canada and support the end game goal by 2035.

Cannabis

Key recommendation

Support the development of Municipal Cannabis policies for the planning and implementation of cannabis-related interventions and other policy levers to reduce the risks from cannabis use.

Dental Care for Lower-Income Adults

Key recommendation

Support fluoridation of municipal water supplies.

Support municipal leaders engagement and collaboration in the development of a provincial adult/senior oral health strategy.

Mental Health

Key recommendation

Support healthy public policies that promote positive mental health. Invest in programs and services that promote safe and supportive housing and environments.v

Built Environments

(Public Health Sudbury & Districts sourcevi and Simcoe Muskoka sourcevii)

Key recommendation

Support the strengthening of municipal policies that support active public transit use, social cohesion, and the preservation of agricultural lands and natural spaces. vii

Municipal election


Election Day is Monday, October 22, 2018!

The links to municipal websites below will contain local voting information including when, where, and how to vote.

Greater Sudbury

Sudbury District

Manitoulin District

Register to vote

Are you registered to vote? If you wish to confirm your registration to the voters’ list, please visit Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) voterlookup.ca or call MPAC at the following:

Do you have friends or neighbours who may need help voting? Helping those around you to register and vote encourages community participation on issues that matter.

References

i https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/alphaweb.site-ym.com/resource/collection/822EC60D-0D03-413E-B590AFE1AA8620A9/alPHa_Key_Messages_2018_Provincial_Election.pdf
ii Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy New Chapter 2018, http://health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/SmokeFreeOntario/SFO_The_Next_Chapter.pdf
iii Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Evidence Brief: Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines. 2017. http://www.camh.ca/en/research/news_and_publications/reports_and_books/Documents/LRCUGKT.Professional.15June2017.pdf
vi http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/dental-emergency-report-1.3308355
v https://cdn.ymaws.com/alphaweb.site-ym.com/resource/collection/86D31666-E7EA-42F1-BDA1A03ECA0B4E3D/alPHa_2018_Election_Priorities_Package.pdf
vi https://www.phsd.ca/health-topics-programs/environment/built-environment
vii https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/BuiltEnvironment


This item was last modified on September 27, 2018