Strategic Plan

At Public Health Ontario (PHO), we are committed to making vital and transformative advancements to better enable PHO and our public health and health system partners to improve the health of the people in Ontario. Our Strategic Plan 2024-29 was developed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had profound and long-lasting impacts on public health and the broader health system. Our Strategic Plan 2024-29 preserves PHO’s Mission, Vision, Mandate and Values and was shaped through comprehensive consultations with our stakeholders from local, provincial and national levels, as well as engagement with our staff.

Our Plan

Our new plan outlines four strategic directions that will drive positive change for public health in Ontario as we work together collectively with our public health and health system partners to advance population health, prevent disease and address health inequities. As part of our new Strategic Plan, we will also develop a dedicated Indigenous Strategy for our organization that aims to enable improved health outcomes for Indigenous peoples and communities in Ontario.

Strategic Plan 2024-29 Strategic Plan At a Glance

Overview of PHO’s Strategic Directions

Our four strategic directions, which are connected and mutually reinforcing, are the foundational pillars of our Strategic Plan. Over the next five years, we will work to deliver on these directions and will continue to produce actionable evidence to drive public health planning, programming, and policy in the province.

Strategic Direction 1:

Lead provincial public health data transformation, leveraging advanced analytics to drive evidence-informed practice and decision-making

Strategic Direction 2:

Strengthen laboratory leadership, advance genomics for public health action, and sharpen the focus on complex microbiology testing

Strategic Direction 3:

Advance public health and health workforce capacity and knowledge to improve population health outcomes

Strategic Direction 4:

Accelerate moving evidence to action as the convener and integrator of expertise on public health issues and drive quality improvement for public health

Previous Plans

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Updated 28 Feb 2024