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Public health

Our programs deliver health protection and promotion, disease prevention.

Peel public health is made up of health experts, practitioners, researchers and changemakers. We work closely with Canada’s health care system. Health care treats people who are already sick, our goal is to stop people from getting sick in the first place.

Learn more about what we do, watch our video.

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Safe drinking water inspections

Our Safe Water program protects you from getting sick from contaminated drinking water. We inspect places that do not use Regional water and ensure they are following health regulations.

Safe recreational water inspections

Our inspectors keep Peel’s 592 public pools, wading pools, splash pads, spas and five beaches safe to play in. We make sure facilities follow health regulations. We investigate complaints and alert the public of risks.

Visit our water inspections page.

Restaurant and food inspections

We keep you safe from illnesses caused by contaminated food. In 2018, we conducted almost 12,000 inspections of restaurants and other places food is served to ensure safety standards are followed. This reduces the chance of people getting sick.

Visit our restaurant and food inspections page.

Free immunization clinics

Our clinics give about 67,000 immunizations each year to help protect our population from outbreaks. We offer free vaccines to students, refugees and newcomers. This protects Peel from contagious and potentially fatal diseases like measles, whopping cough and polio. For more information, visit:

Vaccine management and physician information

We supply vaccines to Peel clinics. This helps stop the spread of contagious diseases. We distribute about 780,000 vaccines each year and enforce standards to ensure vaccines are effective.

Visit our immunization and vaccines page for information about vaccine orders for health care professionals.

Vaccine preventable diseases school program

We supply immunizations and screen 250,000 students in Peel each year to ensure our population is up-to-date on mandatory childhood vaccinations.

Visit report your child’s immunizations.

Tuberculosis (TB)

We help clients get healthy and keep TB from spreading to others. We give free access to medications and support infected clients through the 9-month treatment process. We also conduct immigration medical surveillance to lower the risks in Peel.

Learn more about our TB program.

Communicable disease investigation

We help keep contagious diseases from spreading in Peel. We track the spread of higher-risk diseases, like measles, and alert people who may have been in contact with an infected person.

Visit our infection prevention and control investigations page.

Hepatitis

We support clients with Hepatitis B and C cases in a timely manner to decrease the likelihood of transmission to others.

Learn more about our work in communicable diseases and infection control.

Disease prevention – facility inspections

We inspect places like spas and tanning salons, recreational facilities and child care locations to reduce the risk of outbreaks and illnesses.

Learn more about our facility inspections, and view inspection results.

Sexual infection control

We work to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections in Peel. We offer sexual health clinic services to support clients with infections. We reach out the sexual partners of infected individuals to help stop the spread.

Learn about our sexual health clinics.

Environmental hazard protection and alerts

We reduce your risk of exposure to health hazards in the environment. We alert you about extreme heat events, poor air quality and other environmental hazards. We limit exposure to diseases, like West Nile virus and Lyme disease. We monitor high-risk areas, investigate possible infections and alert the public of risks.

Visit our health protection page.

Health promotion and harm reduction

We reduce the damages from drug abuse in Peel. We give clean needles to users, hand out life-saving naloxone kits. We have tools and education that can make our population safer.

Learn about our needle exchange program.

Reducing exposure to tobacco and cannabis use

Our programs and policies aim to limit your exposure to second hand smoke. We help people quit smoking and prevent others from starting to smoke in the first place.

Visit Tobacco and smoking information about living smoke-free.

Promoting healthy community design

We work to develop policies and advocacy programs to help our neighbourhoods better support physical activity and health eating.

Visit our healthy communities page.

Promoting healthy eating and active living

We partner with local governments, school boards, workplaces, places of worship and others to help reverse the risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We partner on programs and policies that support health with more opportunities for people to be active and get healthy foods.

Reducing the harms from alcohol

We lead research, advocacy and programming to help reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents, crime, injuries and illness related.

Visit our alcohol information page.

Enforcement of Smoke-Free Ontario Act and local by-laws

We ensure tobacco, vapour and cannabis are not promoted or sold to youth and investigate complaints about smoking in banned areas. Our team includes undercover youth “shoppers” who test stores’ age-restricted selling policies.

Visit our tobacco, cannabis and electronic cigarette enforcement page.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

We help get at-risk babies on path to good health and well-being. Our nurses support children with development challenges. We help new parents with financial and other challenges by connecting families to community resources to get off to a positive start.

Learn more about Healthy Babies Healthy Children.

Free parenting support

We support parents of young children by phone, Facebook, email and a text service to get them what they need on their own terms and schedules.

Learn more about our telephone support.

Prenatal education and programs

We offer free in-person and online programs that give parents-to-be quality information to help them make decisions about prenatal care, labour, birth, feeding, and parenting.

Healthy start offers free education, prenatal vitamins, food vouchers, and consultation with Public Health Nurses, Social Workers and Dietitians to help keep babies healthy.

Teen prenatal programs connect young parents-to-be together and provide them with a network of support. We offer prenatal education, program referrals and consultation with Public Health Nurses, Social Workers and Dietitians.

Learn more about our prenatal classes and programs.

Baby Feeding Services

Our clinics are welcoming to all families, whether your baby is breastfeeding a lot or a little.

Mothers and their support person meet one-on-one with a Public Health Nurse in a private room to assess how your baby’s feeding is going, and to receive professional advice and support.

Learn more about our Baby Feeding Support Clinics.

Child care centre menu planning

We work with child care centres to plan healthy and balanced menus. Good eating habits in childhood helps reduce diseases and obesity in adulthood.

Physical Literacy Champions’ Network

Only 35% of Canadian children get the recommended levels of daily activity. We train early childhood educators how to help children in child care centres move more and develop active habits.

Oral health for children

Our dental services include screening school children to catch problems early. We give cleanings, dental sealants and fluoride applications to more than 8,000 lower income children each year.

Visit our dental health page.

Senior’s dental program

We provide free dental care to qualifying senior’s in need. In 2018, we treated 800 low-income seniors to stop serious problems, end pain and prevent future issues.

Learn more about the seniors’ dental program.

Research, policy and planning

Our staff consistently examines new evidence to make our public health programs more effective.

Education and research

We stay up-to-date on health information to improve public health services. Our team of ensures programs are based on the best available evidence to improve health in Peel.

For more information about our work in continual health improvement, visit: