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About the OHPP

The OHPP is a free and interactive planning tool. It allows users to fill in worksheets to create one or more program plans. Those who prefer to work offline can print and/or save worksheets for each step as MS Word documents. Also available in the OHPP is a sample plan library, and links to a database with sources of evidence and other recommended planning tools. To access these features, you can create a free PHO account and log in. In addition to the program planning steps described in this workbook, the OHPP includes:

·        a sample plan library;

·        links to a database with sources of evidence and planning tools;

·        an Online Business Case Creator; and

·        several Project Management Tools.

Another useful companion is the online Health Promotion Foundations Course​The Health Promotion Foundations course is a series of nine interactive online modules introducing the field of health promotion in Canada. The self-study course presents definitions, concepts, milestones, models, theories, and health promotion strategies. 

The content informing the OHPP is largely taken from foundational documents produced by the Health Promotion Capacity Building team at Public Health Ontario, namely:
The OHPP is a collaboration between Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT).  The NCCMT is one of six centres that make up the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health. The NCCMT focuses on supporting evidence-informed decision making and knowledge translation in public health. Ultimately, the NCCMT aims to enhance evidence-informed public health policy and practice in Canada by helping practitioners and decision makers find and use innovative, high quality, up-to-date methods and tools that support moving research evidence into practice.

PHO is a Crown Corporation 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.

How to cite: 

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Online Health Program Planner. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2017.

Contact Us
FOR USERS IN ONTARIO please contact:
Health Promotion Capacity Building
Public Health Ontario
Phone: (647) 260-7471

Offering free bilingual consultation and training on a wide range of health promotion and public health topic areas. Contact us at or use our Online Service Request Form.
National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
McMaster University
Phone: (905) 525-9140
ext. ​20450

Web: or
This material was developed from public funds for general public health purposes.  It was compiled from publicly available resources, or for some materials, with permission from copyright holders or licensors. 
The information contained in the OHPP has been distributed with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from Public Health Ontario.  We ask only that:
  • users exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the information reproduced.
  • users attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (where one is listed or known), but not in a way that suggests they endorse you or your use of the work. 
Please note that some of the content in this workbook may be subject to copyright held by other organizations.  In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of information may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.  Public Health Ontario shall have no liability for any loss or damage arising from any third party use of the information in this workbook.