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    The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols are now available

    The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. The OPHS and Protocols are for boards of health and are published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, pursuant to Section 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7.

    The Protocols that accompany the OPHS are program and topic specific documents which provide direction on how boards of health must operationalize specific requirement(s) identified within the OPHS.

    The review of the MHPSG and development of the OPHS mark a critical achievement in the overall strategy to renew public health within Ontario. As of January 1, 2009, the OPHS will replace the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines, 1997. The Safe Water Program of the OPHS will come into effect on December 1, 2008.

    To access the OPHS and Protocols please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website at The OPHS and all 26 Protocols may be printed in full from the website.