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UV Protection: Free Sunscreen


  • UV protection,
  • Economic environment,
  • Community,

Provide free sunscreen

How to implement

  • Make sun protection accessible to all community members by offering free sunscreen through portable sunscreen dispensers in community settings.1, 2 Consider implementing strategies in the physical environment to take further action on making sun protection accessible in the community.

Tip: For optimal protection, make a broad spectrum sunscreen available (look for a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30).1, 2 

Example in action: In 2017, the City of Toronto partnered with non-profit organizations on a pilot project to offer free sunscreen at several Toronto parks. To learn more, visit

Try this: To make sun protection more accessible, encourage the installation of permanent shade (e.g., shade structures, trees) in addition to portable sunscreen dispensers. Consider working with local councils and community organizations to rent portable shade tents for block parties and community events.

  1. Toronto Ultraviolet Radiation Working Group of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition. A survey and recommendations of current sun-safety policies and programs: final report. Ontario: Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition; 2000. Available from:
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent skin cancer. Washington (DC): Department of Health and Human Services; 2014. Available from:


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