The Northwestern Health Unit says it's embracing the new standards they are expected to follow.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care says it wants health units to focus more on mental health promotion and the social determinants of health.
Dr. Kit Young Hoon is the local medical officer of health and says they align nicely with the work they are already doing.
"That was part of our strategic plan. So the new public health standards do align nicely with our current strategic plan. So for those two areas (mental health promotion and the social determinants of health) we are enhancing our work, so that will help meet the health needs of the population".
The Ministry of Health released the new Health Unit standards early in the new year.