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2014 Municipal Election Resources for Health Promoters


I Introduction
II Resources

-- compiled by the OHPE Editorial and Management Team (with thanks to Facebook contributors and the HC Link Policy Learning Community, )

I Introduction

Ontario's municipal elections are being held on October 27.  Below,  we present a collection of municipal election resources.  Please let us know about any other sites that you have found useful, particularly if the resource is geared towards health promoters..

II Resources

NEW Haliburton County Partnership

A great visual resource that partners in Haliburton County have developed to educate municipal candidates on the importance of creating a healthy, active, age friendly and vibrant community.  Healthy People = Healthy Communities = Vibrant Economy.  This can be a fantastic piece for other communities to potentially build upon. The document is available at either of the links below.

NEW Making Healthy Communities the Election Issue

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is asking all municipal candidates to incorporate healthy community principles into their 2014 election platform. Decisions by elected officials can have a significant impact the health of their residents.  All municipal candidates across Grey Bruce will receive a Health in All Policies resource package that highlights important community health issues and the actions, at the local level, to improve these concerns.

Association of Municipalities of Ontario

“AMO works to make municipal governments stronger and more effective. Through AMO, Ontario’s 444 municipalities work together to achieve shared goals and meet common challenges.” The website includes access to workshops and online courses of use to municipal politicians and potential municipal politicians, notably “So You Want To Run For Council”.

Municipal Elections, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The Ministry's page includes guides for candidates and for voters, electronic copies of necessary forms and links to relevant legislation about municipal elections.

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

MPAC administers, a tool for checking and updating your elector information for municipal elections.

Centre for Research on Inner City Health: Evidence for a healthy city: informing healthy municipal policy

A survey of recent research from CRICH covering five points of key importance to the health and wellbeing of Toronto residents

  • Inter-related factors like racism, discrimination* and the historical and contemporary effects of colonization deeply impact the health and wellbeing of Toronto residents.
  • Access to quality, stable housing for every resident would dramatically improve population health in Toronto.
  • Toronto residents are looking for services that are stably-resourced, welcoming, responsive and barrier-free.
  • Healthy cities don’t work in silos – but see collaboration across sectors, City Departments and different levels of government.
  • Healthy cities require flourishing, independent grassroots groups and movements.

Student Vote (main site)
(2014 Ontario municipal election subsite)

"Student Vote is a parallel election program for students under the voting age that coincides with official election periods. Students learn about government and democracy, and research the issues and local candidates through classroom learning, campaign events and take-home activities. The program culminates with an authentic in-school vote on the official election candidates where by students take on the roles of election officials."

AMCTO's Municipal Election Management resources

“material gathered to help municipal election managers manage municipal election administration matters.”

Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit - Let’s Rethink Health

“Health grows where we live, work and play. During this fall’s municipal election, it’s also in your hands…”

Haliburton County FoodNet - Health Matters at the Council Table

“Local governments play an important role in building healthy, active and prosperous communities. A municipality’s services, programs, facilities, policies and planning processes help ensure residents have opportunities to make healthy choices where they live, work, learn, and play”

Municipal World's Ontario Municipal Elections

A collection of articles which may be of interest to candidates running for municipal office.

Women’s Municipal Campaign School, Waterloo Region

Ontario Municipal Elections, Wikipedia,_2014

The entry includes quite a comprehensive collection of links to different municipalities and districts, and known candidates for councilors and mayors.

Maytree’s Civic Literacy Toolkit

For organizations and activists looking for practical tools to understand decision-making and share that knowledge with others in their communities, this is a civic literacy toolkit for training residents on how governments make decisions, and how residents might impact those decisions.

Sudbury & District Health Unit's Public Health Political Primer

“This primer has been prepared by the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) for Members of Provincial Parliament and municipal candidates to help raise awareness of the SDHU as a resource to you in improving health opportunities for all citizens. This primer provides information on the public health system and touches on some of the programs and services that the SDHU provides throughout the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.”

Canadian Index of Wellbeing - Shift the Conversation - Making Votes Count Initiative

“To address low voter turnout in Ottawa, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres (CHRC) and City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) have joined forces in a three-year project to increase democratic engagement among residents in low-income neighbourhoods and poverty-stricken urban and rural areas of the city.”

Social Planning Toronto Election 2014 subsite

“SPT has produced a series of election-related educational materials, conducted a survey of all candidates running for Mayor of Toronto, City Councillor and TDSB Trustee, and gathered useful external resources on civic literacy and engagement.”

DiverseCity School4Civics

“Our non-partisan program trains and mentors promising leaders from diverse communities to organize political campaigns or run for office. Expert faculty includes political strategists, campaign managers and former candidates, bringing experience and lessons from the field from a multi-party perspective.”

Ontario Public School Boards Association Municipal Election Issues

Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto

“Runoff voting is a small and simple change, that requires no amendments to the current ward boundaries or structures of City Council. … the concept is quite simple and is already used across Canada and across the world. Voters simply mark their choice on the ballot, ranking the candidates in order of preference. It's easy as 1,2,3!”

Toronto Centre for Active Transportation Surveys and Results

The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, in partnership with Toronto Environmental Alliance, Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto and Canada Walks, released Building a Toronto that Moves, a set of 12 election priorities for walking, cycling and public transit, and conducted an all-candidate municipal election transportation survey. Priorities, survey questions and results are all available on their site, which will be of interest beyond Toronto.

Wellesley Institute: Green Spaces and Active Transportation: HEIA in the 2014 (Toronto) Mayoral Election

While the discussion focuses on Toronto, this will be of interest to anyone interested in Health Equity Impact Assessment.

25%: A Documentary

“The City of London is proud to be one of the six communities in Canada selected to participate in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Head Start for Young Women program. As a part of this program, we are producing a documentary called “25%” which encourages young women’s participation in politics and civic engagement in their community.”

Colour of Change Network, Special Municipal Election 2014 Bulletin!!topic/ColourofChangeNetwork/41HSbbmVTKs

This round up was sent to the network's email list on October 16 and includes sections on

  • Racial Justice in Toronto and Municipal Election 2014
  • Understanding the Growing Colour-Coded Ethno-racial Inequality
  • Think Equity, think Fairness, think Racial Justice !!

A Sampling of Pages from Various Municipalities

Of course, after the election many health promoters will be working with municipalities on various policies. HC Link’s final webinar in a 3-part series will be on October 28:

Policy Development Webinar #3: Working with Elected Officials - Tools and techniques
October 28 | 1:30-3:00 pm EDT

Information and to register:

“It's the day after Ontario's municipal elections.....and time to build/strengthen relationships with your elected officials! In this webinar, we'll explore a variety of tools that you can use to determine how officials in your community stand on the issues you are addressing, and techniques that you can use to tell your story. Join HC Link's Andrea Bodkin and Gillian Kranias as well as guest presenters Nicole Niedra-Biordi and Krista Long.”

Materials from past webinars Policy Development Series. Part 2 - Working with Municipalities: Stories from the field and Policy Development Series. Part 1 — Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? De- mystifying Policy are available online at

The OHPE Editorial and Management Team encourages all eligible readers to cast their ballots!

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