Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is a community-centred agency dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Wellington County, Dufferin County and Guelph communities. Our team works to achieve this each and every day by offering important, evidence-based health information, programs and services. Our goal is to support our community members in achieving their highest level of health.
Joining our team will involve working with passionate people and performing meaningful work that will support a healthier community for over 272,000 area residents. We believe it’s important to promote health in our own workplace, because in order to be our best, we have to feel our best. At Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health our goal is to help maintain not only the physical, but emotional, financial and social health and well-being of our team. Our employees enjoy a competitive compensation package, professional training and development opportunities and a healthy work-life balance.
The Public Health Inspector implements the programs of the Health Protection division, protecting individual and community health through health promotion and enforcement of Provincial Acts, Legislation, and By-Laws. They carry out public health inspection activities required by the Ontario Public Health Standards, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) and Electronic Cigarettes Act (ECA). This includes identifying public health hazards, overseeing corrective action and enforcing the HPPA, SFOA, ECA and associated regulations. Inspectors also provide consultative and educational services on various topics that affect public health.
Focus will be on:
Areas of Responsibility:
- Tobacco Control education and promotion
- Enforcement of the SFOA, ECA and Regulations
Hours of Work:
- Conduct Youth Access checks at tobacco/e-cigarette vendors which includes supervision of Youth Test Shoppers;
- Conduct Display and Promotion inspections at tobacco/e-cigarette vendors;
- Enforce the SFOA, ECA and regulations; assess and advise business operators, municipalities, vendors, workplaces and schools on compliance and corrective actions;
- Investigate all complaints including selling of tobacco/e-cigarettes to persons less than 19 years of age, smoking on school property, playgrounds, sports fields, restaurants and bars and associated patios;
- Investigate all e-cigarettes complaints based on latest legislation;
- Implement progressive enforcement from education to the issuance of Part I offence notices and Part III summons or as required;
- Regular prosecutorial activity including the preparation of required documentation and acting as a court liaison between WDGPH and the Provincial Offences Act Court office, including but not limited to the preparation of Brief to Prosecutors and related material for the court brief packages, ensuring appropriate penalty recommendations, meeting with prosecutors to discuss resolutions and testifying in court for offences that proceed to trial;
- Act as lead administrator of the Tobacco Inspection System (TIS) data base and run monthly compliance reports. Must also use Hedgehog database to monitor and track all inquiries to the tobacco information line;
- Attend all Tobacco Control Area Network (TCAN) meetings and trainings, participate in all tobacco control teleconferences and represent WDGPH at relevant meetings with partners;
- Conduct training sessions with tobacco/e-cigarette vendors and other partners and participate in TCAN initiated education programs including promotion of the SFOA-training.com and ECA-training.com websites;
- Work with school boards and police resource officers to gain compliance on school property;
- Work with the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention CDIP team on cross-division initiatives to ensure compliance with the Ontario Public Health Standards;
- Assist the Health Protection team as required and participate in the on-call after-hours rotation;
- Conduct Youth Access checks on weekends and evenings (approximately once per month);
- Participate in municipal emergency response planning and exercises.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Flexible working hours are required including weekends and evenings
March 3, 2020
4 Year BASc. in Environmental Health
- Mandatory Certification in Public Health Inspection (Canada)
- Experience in tobacco enforcement and legal proceedings
- Experience presenting formal education sessions and facilitating small and large groups
- Experience working with youth groups
- Experience developing and implementing health promotion initiatives including developing logic models
- Minimum 1 year practical experience in inspection
- Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to clearly document information, prepare reports including court briefs
- Excellent computer skills, thorough knowledge of data base programs
- Familiarity with the TIS and Hedgehog information systems
- Ability to work in a flexible and cooperative manner with clients, the public and colleagues
- Thorough knowledge of all legislation and standards relating to tobacco/e-cigarette enforcement and HPPA
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, competing demands in a professional manner
- Ready, able and willing to regularly travel to Guelph, Fergus and Orangeville
- Maintain annual influenza immunization and adult immunization.
We thank all applicants, however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
WDG Public Health is an equal opportunity agency. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine eligibility.
WDG Public Health is committed to providing accommodations during the recruitment process for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation(s), please advise Human Resources in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.