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By-law Development

ByLaw_WebImage2.jpgBy-laws are designed to meet the needs of and solve problems for citizens and are passed by municipalities, which are a form of local government.

To provide a foundation for municipal by-law development, we have developed a primer that outlines the steps you should undertake to develop a by-law. Municipal By-law Development and Public Health: A primer explains the municipal by-law development process for health promotion and public health practitioners. This resource provides a well-organized, evidence-informed process for health promotion and public health professionals to engage in municipal by-law development. It can help public health professionals work with municipal decision makers to develop a new municipal by-law or make changes to an existing one.

Other resources to support this type of work include publications and webinars on specific topics such as by-law development as a health promotion strategy, defining the difference between municipal resolutions, policies and by-laws and assessing readiness for municipal by-law development. To learn more visit:

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These products were developed by Public Health Ontario’s Health Promotion Capacity Building (HPCB) team.  The HPCB team works with Ontario’s public health system, community health care intermediaries and partner ministries. Available in both official languages, their services and resources support the development of public health core competencies. Visit for more information.

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