Links to Canadian, provincial and territorial legislation and standards relevant to public health.
Legislation and Acts
Government of Canada
- The Public Health Agency of Canada Act provides the legislative basis for the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- The Health Canada website on Acts lists the federal acts for which Health Canada has responsibility (either partial or total), and those in which it is involved or in which it has a special interest.
Provincial and Territorial Governments – listed alphabetically
|Provincial and Territorial Governments||Public Health Acts|
|Alberta||Public Health Act Alberta (PDF document) (current as of June 12, 2013)|
|British Columbia||Public Health Act British Columbia (current as of December 31, 2013)|
|Manitoba||New Public Health Act Manitoba (2009) and regulations|
|New Brunswick||Public Health Act New Brunswick (1998; current as of January 28, 2014)|
|Newfoundland||Health and Community Services Act (1995; consolidated to December 9, 2013) and other public regulations|
|Northwest Territories||Public Health Act Northwest Territories (PDF document) (September 14, 2009)|
|Nova Scotia||Health Protection Act (PDF document) (amended 2010)|
|Ontario||Health Protection and Promotion Act (last amendment 2011)|
|Prince Edward Island||Public Health Act Prince Edward Island (PDF document) (current September 1, 2013)|
|Quebec||Public Health Act Quebec (updated January 1, 2014)|
|Saskatchewan||Public Health Act Saskatchewan (updated November 14, 2013) and associated Acts|
|Yukon||Public Health and Safety Act (PDF document) (amended 2013)|
Public Health Standards
This website provides links to legislation and policy, evidence reviews, and model core program papers for a wide variety of health topics, including healthy communities, healthy living, environmental health, and chronic disease prevention.
This document outlines the public health standards for Nova Scotia. It addresses five standards: foundational (e.g. workforce, health equity, infrastructure), healthy development (e.g. infants, children, youth, families), healthy communities (e.g. settings), prevention and control of communicable diseases (e.g. immunization), and environmental health.
Ontario Public Health Standards (various dates)
This website offers links to Ontario’s public health standards, which include 6 program standards: foundational, chronic diseases and injuries, family health, infectious disease, environmental health, and emergency preparedness. The website also provides links to public health protocols on drinking water, food safety, infectious diseases, and healthy babies/healthy children.