Policy Stories

POWER UP! has initiated a project to develop stories of healthy public policy change happening in jurisdictions and organizations across Canada and the world. The aim of this project is to share stories of policy change relevant to physical activity and healthy eating for obesity prevention, as well as to facilitate policy learning across jurisdictions.

 

Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Learn about the rationale, process and early outcomes of Mexico, Berkeley, California and France’s SSB Tax:


Mexico SSBsMexico, SSB Tax Since January 1, 2014
A special excise tax of 1 peso per litre ($0.08/L) demonstrates the feasibility of a special tax and the impact of tax on SSB prices and consumption.

France SSBsFrance, SSB Tax Since January 1, 2012
A tax on SSB and ASB (artificial sugary beverages) is enacted with the aim of decreasing obesity rates. Tax revenues are allocated to public health.

California SSBsBerkeley, California SSB Tax Since January 1, 2015 
The city of Berkeley moves to implement a recent $0.35/L SSB Tax.
Municipal Healthy Food and Beverage Policies

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City of Hamilton’s Corporate Food and Beverage Policy

This story explores the adoption and implementation of the City of Hamilton’s Corporate Food and Beverage Policy.  

Access the Hamilton Policy directly through the Prevention Policies Directory by clicking here


Toronto’s Residential Apartment Commercial Zone

Toronto Story

Policy Stories, City of Toronto

This story explores the City of Toronto’s development of the Residential Apartment Commercial Zone policy, its implications for health, and lessons learned.


Alberta’s Daily Physical Activity Policy for Schools

Alberta DPA

Alberta’s DPA Policy for Schools

This story highlights the development of Alberta’s Daily Physical Activity (DPA) Policy for Schools and the key lessons learned throughout the process.


Promoting Healthier Food in Saanich Recreation Facilities (British Columbia)

Saanich Recreation Facilities

Promoting Healthier Food in Saanich Recreation Facilities

This story outlines Saanich Recreation’s experience “catching the wave” of public nutrition policy and creating healthier food environments in its community recreation facilities.