Prevention Policies Directory

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We've listed 58 policies under your selection of "Location". The most recently adopted policies are first.

Toronto E-cigarette Use in City Workplaces Policy

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, Tobacco use
Policy intervention: E-cigarette, Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), Smoke-free place, Tobacco, Tobacco products, Tobacco smoke
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2015

Toronto – Municipal Alcohol Policy

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Alcohol consumption
Policy intervention: Advertising, Alcohol, Outlet density
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2015

Toronto Congestion Management Plan (2016-2020)

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Occupational and environmental exposures, Physical activity
Policy intervention: Active transportation, Bicycling infrastructure, Pedestrian infrastructure, Road safety
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2013

Toronto Local Food Procurement Policy

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Nutrition, Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention: Food provision, Local food, Nutrition, Procurement
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2013

Toronto Bylaw 569-2013 – Zoning Bylaw

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Nutrition, Physical activity, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Active transportation, Bicycling infrastructure, Food retail, Nutrition, Parking management, Pedestrian infrastructure, Public transit, Shade, Solar UVR, Ultraviolet Radiation, Zoning
Year last amended: 2018
Year of adoption: 2013

Toronto Carbon Credit Policy

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2013
This policy provides economic incentives reduce greenhouse gas emissions from emitters operating in the municipality.

Toronto’s Strategic Forest Management Plan

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Occupational and environmental exposures, Physical activity, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Active transportation, Shade, Solar UVR, Streetscaping, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2012

This policy supports the maintenance and expansion of Toronto's urban forest, which in turn improves local and regional air quality and encourages physical activity.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 423 (Bylaw No. 1293- 2008) – Environmental Reporting and Disclosure

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2011
Year of adoption: 2010

Chapter 423 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw 1293-2008 and requires certain facilities to report their use of certain substances such as 1,3-butadiene, lead and vinyl chloride, as defined by Schedule A, to the Medical Officer of Health. The report must include calculations on the quantity of the substance being manufactured, processed, used and released to the environment.

Toronto Bylaw 868-2010 – To amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 681, Sewers

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2010

This bylaw amends several sections of the Municipal Code Chapter dealing with Sewers. It adds a definition for 'Total PAHs' which is the calculation of all polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons listed under Canada Ontario Agreement Tier I and II Substances Lists. It adds a definition of 'xylenes': "The total calculated sum of meta- and para xylene and ortho xylene." It also provides a new definition of 'Uncontaminated Water' which requires that a variety of chemicals do not exceed levels indicated in the Table provided in this bylaw.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 844 (Bylaw 491-2009) – Waste Collection, Residential Properties

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2010

Chapter 844 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw 491-2009 and governs the collection of waste, including garbage, recycling, electronics and household hazardous waste, from residential properties. It prohibits certain substances, such as asbestos, from being collected by municipal services. 

Toronto Official Plan

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Occupational and environmental exposures, Physical activity
Policy intervention: Accessibility, Active transportation, Bicycling infrastructure, Bike share, Park, Parking management, Pedestrian infrastructure, Public transit, Retrofitting, Trail
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2010

Toronto Bylaw 583-2009 – To adopt City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 492, Green Roofs, under s. 108 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2009

The bylaw requires green roofs on new commercial, institutional and residential development with a minimum Gross Floor Area of 2,000 m2 as of January 31, 2010. Starting April 30, 2012, the bylaw will require compliance with the bylaw for new industrial development.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 492 (Bylaw 583-2009) – Green Roofs

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2006

Chapter 492 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw 583-2009 and sets requirements for the construction and maintenance of green roofs in Toronto. It requires every building or building addition constructed after January 30, 2010, to include a green roof to improve urban air quality, manage the urban heat island effect, manage stormwater and improve energy efficiency. It also details requirements for plant selection, irrigation, drainage, fire safety, maintenance, etc. 

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 608 (Bylaw 854-2004) – Parks

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Alcohol consumption, Built environment, Occupational and environmental exposures, Physical activity, Tobacco use
Policy intervention: Active transportation, Bicycling infrastructure, Park, Parking management, Parks and beaches, Pedestrian infrastructure, Smoke-free place, Tobacco, Tobacco smoke, Trail
Year last amended: 2018
Year of adoption: 2005

Toronto Bylaw 598-2005 – To repeal Article I, Building Permits, of Chapter 363, Building Construction and Demolition, of The City of Toronto Municipal Code, and replace it with a new Article I

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2005

This bylaw requires that an application for a demolition permit (Schedule C of this bylaw) may be required prior to a building demolition. The application for a demolition permit requires the applicant to identify potential hazards such as asbestos (or other designated substances under Section 30 of the Occupational Healthy and Safety Act), urea formaldehyde insulation, PCBs, or chlorofluorocarbons.

Toronto Bylaw 650-2005 – To establish an obligatory reserve fund named the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Skateboard Park Reserve Fund and to amend Municipal Code Chapter 227, Reserves and Reserve Funds, to add this reserve fund

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Physical activity
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2005

This bylaw establishes a reserve fund to receive donations for the planning, design, and development of a Skateboard Park at Ashbridges Bay.

Toronto Bylaw 654-2005 – To establish an obligatory reserve fund named the Marilyn Bell Park BMX Racetrack and Extreme Sports Facility Reserve Fund and to amend Municipal Code Chapter 227, Reserves and Reserve Funds, to add this reserve fund

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Physical activity
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2005

This bylaw establishes a reserve fund for the purpose of receiving donations to be used in the planning, design and development of a BMX Racetrack and Extreme Sports Facility at Marilyn Bell Park.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 548 (Bylaw 695-2004) – Littering and Dumping of Refuse

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2004

Chapter 548 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw 695-2004 and prohibits the littering or dumping of waste in Toronto. Prohibited waste is listed in Schedule B and includes paint products, batteries, asphalt and asbestos.

Toronto Bylaw 854-2004 – To adopt a new City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 608, Parks, and to repeal various bylaws of the former municipalities relating to parks

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Alcohol consumption, Physical activity
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2004

This bylaw regulates what activities are permitted in parks. It prohibits the consumption, serving and selling alcoholic beverages. It also describes what recreational activities are allowed and under what conditions, including bicycling and sports.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 612 (Bylaw No. 456-2003) – Use of Pesticides

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2005
Year of adoption: 2004

Chapter 612 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw No. 456-2003 and prohibits the use of pesticides within the boundaries of the City. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, the use of pesticides: in enclosed buildings; to control termites; to disinfect water for human or animal use, and; to comply with the Weed Control Act and its related regulations. 

Toronto Bylaw 456-2003 – To adopt a new City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 612, Pesticides, Use of

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2003

This bylaw prohibits the application of pesticides within the boundaries of the City of Toronto, with several exemptions. For the purposes of this bylaw a pesticide does not include any product with active ingredients listed within part 2 of the definition. This list does not include glyphosate, malathion and diazinon.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 841 (Bylaw 575-2002) – Waste Collection, Commercial Properties

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2002

Chapter 841 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw 575-2002 and governs the collection of waste, including garbage, recycling, and organic matter, from commercial properties. It prohibits certain substances, such as asbestos, from being collected by municipal services. 

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 (Bylaw 514-2002) – Licensing

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Alcohol consumption, Occupational and environmental exposures, Tobacco use
Policy intervention: Licensing, Smoke-free place, Taxi, Tobacco, Tobacco sales, Tobacco smoke, Transit, Vehicle with minors, Youth access
Year last amended: 2018
Year of adoption: 2002

Toronto Bylaw 575-2002 – To adopt a new City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 841, Waste Collection, Commercial Properties

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2002

This bylaw governs the handling and collection of garbage and other waste from commercial properties. It lists prohibited waste as including: hazardous waste chemicals, PCBs, radioactive waste, moth balls, fungicides, fuels, batteries, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, and other dangerous wastes.

Toronto Traffic Calming Policy

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Built environment, Occupational and environmental exposures, Physical activity
Policy intervention: Active transportation, Road safety, Traffic calming
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2002

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 681 (Bylaw No. 457-2000) – Sewers

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2016
Year of adoption: 2000

Chapter 681 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw No. 457-2000 governs the sewer system in Toronto. It prohibits any person from depositing sewage into a system if the sewage contains hazardous waste, or exceeds the concentration limits of certain substances such as arsenic, lead or cadmium, as listed in Table 1. 

Toronto Bylaw 568-2000 – Respecting the maintenance of land in a clean and clear condition, free of waste materials

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2000

This bylaw prohibits the littering or dumping of waste and debris (including industrial and chemical waste) on City or private property. It also requires that the owner of any land on which waste material has been deposited immediately cleans the land and clears the waste.

Toronto Bylaw 531-2000 – To prohibit the burning of used motor oil

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2000

This bylaw prohibits the burning of used motor oil within space heaters. It is based on the fact that it generates significantly more air pollution than other cleaner fuels that space heaters can burn with no modifications or cost required.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 363 – Building Construction and Demolition

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2014
Year of adoption: 2000

Chapter 363 of the Toronto Municipal Code governs the construction and demolition of buildings in Toronto. Any person wishing to demolish a building must apply for a permit and provide additional information as set out in Schedule C, such as whether the structure contains hazardous substances, asbestos and urea formaldehyde. 

Toronto Bylaw 163-1998 – Building Permit Bylaw

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 1998

This bylaw requires that an application for a demolition permit (Schedule B of this bylaw) may be required prior to a building demolition. The application for a demolition permit requires the applicant to identify potential hazards such as asbestos (or other designated substances under Section 30 of the Occupational Healthy and Safety Act), urea formaldehyde insulation, PCBs, or chlorofluorocarbons.