Our social, natural, and built environments can affect our immediate and long-term health.
The built environment is:
Our health is affected by the decisions made on:
Municipalities in Ontario are required to plan for development and how the land in the community will be used in the future. Grey County and Bruce County are upper tier municipalities that are ultimately responsible for land-use planning. Both Counties have their own Official Plan. Most lower tier municipalities also have their own official plan. These plans must comply with the appropriate County Official Plan.
You help inform your municipality’s official plans by voting, participating in community consultations, and speaking with or writing to decision makers about what is important to you.
To learn more about land use planning and official plans, review the Citizen’s Guides produced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
The natural environment is:
Our health is effected by the decisions that influence our access to the natural environment and its resources.
Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
The social environment includes all the other pieces of our community which are not built or natural.
Aspects of the social environment include:
Learn more about the Social Determinants of Health
Healthy Public Policies recognize that health is more than health care and that there are opportunities to improve health and wellbeing through policy. Using a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach means leaders recognize and consider the health impacts of their decisions, even when the aim of a policy is not to influence health or wellbeing.
WHO HiAP Statement
Healthy Policies for Official Plans
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