Public Health Ontario (PHO) is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.
PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.
Our mission is to support health care providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of all Ontarians, through the transparent and timely provision of credible scientific advice and practical tools. To enable this we are focused on three key goals:
- Information: Provide timely, relevant, and reliable information for better public health decisions and actions.
- Knowledge: Generate and accelerate the uptake and application of current evidence-based knowledge in public health decisions and actions.
- Support: Provide high-quality support to the Ontario public health system in
its daily business and enhance capacity in emergencies.
For more information, view our organizational chart and our 2010-13 strategic plan (English version) or Plan Stratégique 2010-2013 (French version)
Public Health Ontario acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.