The ministry's vision is to enable Ontarians to lead healthy, active lives and make the province a healthy place to live, work, play, learn and visit. The fundamental goals are to promote and encourage Ontarians to make healthier choices at all ages and stages of life, create healthy and supportive environments, lead the development of healthy public policy and assist with promoting behaviours that improve health.
The ministry's mission is to:
The Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport’s (MHPS) goal is to improve the health and well-being of Ontarians and to help contribute to the sustainability of our publicly funded health care system.
By championing health promotion across Ontario and inspiring partners to create a culture of health and well-being for all, we are building healthy communities that will provide economic benefits well beyond health care savings.
MHPS is pursuing this vision by focusing on the following core goals and priorities: (1) Promoting Health and Wellness; (2) Nutrition and Healthy Eating; (3) Preventing Disease, Injury and Addiction; (4) Valuing Sport and Recreation; (5) Partnership Support for Healthy Communities; (6) Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.
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Good health is more than the absence of illness. It is leading a balanced life that includes a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating, managing stress, getting adequate rest and being physically active.
However, not all Ontarians have the resources or opportunities to make healthy choices. Where you live or work; your access to healthy foods and recreation centres; and transportation issues can all impact your health.
The MHPS’ vision and priorities are illustrated in the following chart.
Promote Healthy Living for All Ontarians
|Ministry Priorities||Promoting Health & Wellness||Nutrition & Healthy Eating||Prevent Disease, Injury and Addiction||Valuing Sport and Recreation||Partnership Support for Healthy Communities||Smoke Free Ontario|
|Priority Goals||Promote wellness using an integrated approach||Encourage Ontarians to make healthy eating choices in order to improve their overall health||Reduce the incidence of chronic disease, injury and addiction||Increase physical activity and excellence in sport at all stages of life||Create opportunities for Ontarians to develop healthier communities||Reduce tobacco use prevalence and protect Ontario's youth|
In 2011-12 the ministry will continue to deliver on the following key initiatives:
Building on the momentum of the successful bid to host the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, the Pan Am Games Secretariat (PAGS) has been established within MHPS as the one-window to provide strategic direction, coordination and oversight of the Provincial government's participation in the Games. In 2011-12, MHPS will continue to work with the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee and other Games partners to support the successful delivery of the Games. The Games will bring over 10,000 athletes and team officials to Ontario and attract up to 250,000 tourists. The Games will mean thousands of jobs, create a legacy of new and updated sport venues and stimulate a number of key infrastructure projects in Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including public transportation and affordable housing.
The ministry funded a total of 62 PSOs/MSOs through the
Through the Quest for Gold Program the ministry invested in coaching programs, enhanced training and competitive opportunities for athletes. Over 1,100 athletes also received direct funding through the Athlete Assistance Program. This funding assisted athletes to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international training and competition.
MHPS is leading the prevention component of the government's Diabetes Strategy. The prevention component aims to reduce the impact of diabetes in high-risk populations through targeted interventions in neighbourhoods and workplaces. In 2011-12, MHPS will continue to work closely with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to build on existing initiatives and align prevention activities with disease management activities.
MHPS is supporting the government's renewed commitment to a Smoke Free Ontario through a number of actions. These include helping smokers trying to quit by providing more cessation supports in a variety of new settings across the province, and providing new resources to increase efforts focused on the prevention of tobacco use by Ontario's youth.
Through the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG) and the Scientific Advisory Committee under the Ontario Agency of Health Protection and Promotion, MHPS has engaged a wide range of scientific and technical experts in the areas of tobacco control and chronic disease prevention to provide strategic advice, propose new performance measures and targets, and recommend future directions.
New Guidance Documents were implemented in 2010-11 which will help local boards of health plan and execute their responsibilities under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards. The ministry also released the new Ontario Public Health Organizational Standards in February 2011, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Organizational Standards are a key part of the Government's Public Health Performance Management Framework and will set expectations for boards of health related to governance and administration. In 2011-12, the ministry will develop accountability agreements to further public health system performance.
Identified as a key initiative under the governments Poverty Reduction Strategy, the program, launched in October of 2009 provides after-school services to children and youth from grades 1 to 12 in high priority communities/populations, with safe, accessible, active and healthy activities (e.g. physical activity, healthy eating and nutrition, and personal health and wellness).
The Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) is dedicated to building stronger and healthier communities. It is a one-window approach to funding community partnership programs. Encouraging partnerships, the Fund provides support to provincial and community organizations who deliver initiatives that address multiple risk factors for chronic diseases and that promote health and wellness. In the last two years, HCF has already benefited over 500,000 Ontarians through more than 360 different projects in communities across the province.