Municipalities influencing health

Members of municipal council play an important role in shaping the health and wellbeing of our communities. Municipalities can develop policies and provide facilities, programs, and services that influence the health and well-being of our population and make our communities great places to live where everyone can thrive

When each person has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential, our communities become strong, healthy, and vibrant – a great return on investment. 

Let’s make public health in Timiskaming matter during the 2022 municipal election.

Why public health is important

Timiskaming Health Unit, one of 34 local public health agencies in ON, provides programs and services that promote well-being, prevent disease and injury, and protect population health. As highlighted with the COVID-19 pandemic, we also work to enable timely, integrated, safe, and effective response to, and recovery from emergencies with public health impacts. Our work, often done in collaboration with local partners and within the broader public health system, results in a healthier population and avoids drawing on costly and scarce health care resources.

We strive to provide residents and decision makers with information to make knowledgeable decisions related to the health and well-being of our population and communities.

This municipal election, our ask is that municipal candidates and voters consider the following important local public health issues.

  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Built Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Food and Income Security
  • Anti-Racism
  • Opioids
  • Oral Health

Learn more about the issues and the actions municipal leaders can take to protect and promote the health of our communities here: Let’s make health in Timiskaming matter during the 2022 municipal election (PDF)