Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate

The Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action report will provide an assessment of the risks of climate change to the health of Canadians and to the health care system. It will support actions by health decision makers at local, provincial/territorial and national levels, as well as those who work in public health, health care, emergency management, research, and community organizations. In this report, you can expect to read about:

  • natural hazards
  • water security and safety
  • food security and safety
  • mental health and well-being
  • infectious disease
  • air quality
  • health co-benefits and risks
  • populations of concern
  • Indigenous populations and communities
  • health system vulnerabilities
  • health sector adaptation, capacity and resilience

Health Canada is leading the development of the Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action report, with a planned release date of 2021.

Timeline

What we’ve heard

In the spring of 2017, partners and stakeholders in public health, health care, emergency management, and related sectors were contacted to seek their views on the Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action report. We learned that stakeholders continue to use our previous assessmentsFootnote 1 to inform their activities. We also learned that our next assessment should:

  • include the latest, in-depth information on climate change and health
  • focus on impacts to populations of higher concern such as children, seniors, low-income families, people with pre-existing health conditions, and Indigenous peoples
  • provide an inventory of health-adaptation best practices
  • incorporate input and feedback from stakeholders and the public

We’re still listening. If you have case studies or stories of climate change health impacts and/or response strategies, you may send them directly to Health Canada at hc.ccha.secretariat.eccs.sc@canada.ca or submit them by clicking “Submit relevant documents” on the Share your Views page.

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