• Councillor Mark Grimes

City of Toronto recognizes inaugural Canadian Public Health Week

This week, the City of Toronto will join cities and organizations across the country in recognizing the inaugural Canadian Public Health Week.

Mayor John Today has officially proclaimed Canadian Public Health Week in Toronto starting tomorrow. The proclamation supports the Canadian Public Health Association’s inaugural Canadian Public Health Week, an opportunity to recognize the many important contributions that public health makes to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

Canadian Public Health Week runs from Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8, 2022. The CN Tower and Toronto Sign will be illuminated blue-green and blue respectively in observance of this occasion on Monday, April 4.

While clinical health services play an invaluable role focused on individuals, public health works to improve health outcomes of the whole population through partnerships, policy, advocacy and services. Areas of focus in public health include communicable disease control, the drug strategy, sexual health, vaccine preventable diseases, dental and oral health, environmental health, food safety, child health and development, chronic disease and injury prevention, and healthy communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the City of Toronto and communities across the globe acutely aware of how critical public health is to protecting and promoting the health of all residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. In the course of its efforts against the virus and its variants, Toronto Public Health (TPH) embarked on the largest vaccination campaign in the city’s history, administering more than 6.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – a number that continues to rise – while maintaining other critically important public health functions. In June 2021, TPH and its Team Toronto partners set a North American single-dose clinic record of more than 26,700 doses administered in a single day at Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena.

Throughout its history, Toronto has proven to be a leader in public health initiatives. In 1834, three out of the nine bylaws first passed by the newly incorporated Toronto City Council had to do with public health, including establishing Toronto’s first Board of Health. It is this historical commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of communities that ranks Toronto among the best cities in the world to live. By continuing on this path, TPH ensures that residents across all Toronto communities continue to thrive, remaining vibrant and healthy.

Access resources and learn more about TPH programming on the City’s Health & Wellness webpage and find out how you can get involved with Canadian Public Health Week .