BC Provincial Election 2017 Election Tool Kit

Public Health Association of BC Election Toolkit 2017

The coming Provincial election is an opportunity for public health professionals in BC to advocate for policies that will improve the health of the population. PHABC has a long history of non-partisan advocacy. This tool kit offers PHABC members some suggestions to guide their advocacy in support of the policy advocacy of the Association. Below are some suggested activities that members can pursue in the lead-up to voting day on May 9, 2017. An advocacy framework highlighting some of the important evidence-based policies PHABC would like to see enacted in BC follows this. Some helpful links to more information on specific policies is also provided.

Actions you can take:

  1. Be informed about the policies in this toolkit and compare them to the platforms of BC’s political parties.
  1. Attend all candidate meetings and ask candidates to outline their views and their party’s position on these policies. Encourage candidates to support these policies.
  1. Contact your local candidates and discuss their views on these policies. Get a commitment from the candidate to support this policy agenda in some way.
  1. Share information on these policies with family, friends, colleagues, and through social media. Encourage people to vote for candidates/parties that are prepared to pursue these policies if elected.
  1. Vote for candidates/parties that support a robust public health policy agenda.


PHABC May 2017 BC Election Advocacy Agenda

The PHABC election agenda addresses the issue of inequality. From a public health perspective, social, economic, and environmental conditions should promote optimal health, and all citizens have a right to opportunities for success and prosperity.

Socioeconomic and health inequities are increasing in BC and across Canada as a result of the inequitable distribution of wealth through the market economy (much of which has been caused by government policies related to lowering taxes, cutting public programs, and reducing regulatory controls). We are advocating for specific policies to address this social gradient through the redistribution of wealth by the government. Our mission is to promote health, wellbeing, and equity for all British Columbians through leadership in public health. This will require cooperative action at all levels of government and our society.

Below is a graphic showing a platform of policies designed specifically for the May 2017 BC Election FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION by the BC Government. LONGER TERM Actions where BC can cooperate with other sectors (all levels of governments, civil society, and the business sector) are listed on the last page.

For a full discussion of this approach and references go to the link below:


                   BC Election 2017 Policy Framework



                   BC Election 2017 Policy Framework

Some Additional Resources

$10 a day Licensed Child Care


Poverty Reduction Plan


Living Wage


Tax Reform


A Longer Term Advocacy Agenda

  1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan
  2. A homelessness reduction plan
  3. A plan to improve early childhood education
  4. Transformation of the healthcare system to provide comprehensive public and population health, primary health care, community care, and mental health services with greater emphasis on the social determinants of health
  5. A plan to improve primary, secondary, and tertiary, education and provide financial support for students from disadvantaged families
  6. Affordable housing
  7. Improved public transportation – transit, roads, bridges, etc.
  8. Communications – internet access
  9. Incentives for renewable energy sources, address energy poverty
  10. A sustainable environment (protection, conservation, restoration)
  11. Improved access to recreation facilities
  12. A specific plan to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples
  13. Improved corporate governance

PRESS RELEASE – Public Health Association of BC Responds to World Health Organization Report on Social Determinants

On August 28, 2008 the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants released their final report. The Commission was established in 2005 to marshal evidence and make recommendations on reducing health inequities. The Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) calls on the government of BC to respond to the WHO’s report by acting locally on the important approaches advocated by this international panel of experts.

Click here to read the full press release.

Letter to Hon Wally Oppal re Bill 42

Election Act Changes – Bill 42

Changes to Section 41 of the Elections Act (Bill 42) that will establish new voter identification requirements. PHABC is concerned that this legislation will further disenfranchise many individuals who are facing societal barriers.

Download Letter

Letter of Support for the Imagine! A Smoke-Free BC Campaigne

The Public Health Association of BC has sent a letter of support to the campaigne organizers.

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Election Act Changes – Bill 42

Changes to Section 41 of the Elections Act (Bill 42) that will establish new voter identification requirements.  PHABC is concerned that this legislation will further disenfranchise many individuals who are facing societal barriers.

Download Letter

Honourable Clement’s Ltr re CHN

Canadian Health Network 

The decision to terminate the Canadian Health Network by the Public Health Agency of Canada was a concern for the Public Health Association of BC.  A letter to the Honourable Tony Clements from PHABC President Ted Bruce, noted the ‘Network provides both important information for self-care management and an opportunity to increase the health literacy of Canadians’.  PHABC noted the need for an alternative plan to ensure the health information needs of Canadians are met.  In his response, the Minister of Health noted that the PHAC website will seem to play this role.

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