Rising concern of tick-borne diseases in Canada

The public health threat posed by tick populations in Canada is increasing. Ticks are expanding in terms of species types and location and ticks now populate more regions of the country than ever before. A number of new tick-borne diseases have emerged as public health concerns. This NCCEH blog article describes how this expansion in habitat may be facilitated by changes in climate as well as animal migration patterns, deforestation, urbanization and globalization. It also highlights emerging tick-related public health concerns and discusses the importance of environmental management and tracking to reduce the public health risk.

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Journal Articles on Climate Change and Infectious Disease

In April 2019, The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) published a series of articles titled Climate change and infectious diseases: The challenges. These articles include new evidence about the impacts of environmental changes on tick populations, Lyme and other tick-borne disease in Canada. In May 2019, a companion piece was published called Climate change and infectious diseases: The solutions.  This set of articles explores how Canada's public health community can use emerging scientific techniques to mitigate infectious disease risks associated with climate change.

A public platform for image-based identification of ticks

A citizen science project called eTick.ca invites the public to participate in the monitoring of ticks in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick by submitting tick photos for identification by trained personnel. Additional provinces will be added in the future. The identification results, along with the collection date and locality are mapped for users to visualize the information related to any/all species for any given time period and/or geographical area. Access to eTick.ca is free and it is not necessary to contribute data in order to consult the database.




New name, same centre!

  • The National Collaborating Centre for Aborifginal Health (NCCAH) has changed its name to become the NCC for Indigenous Health.

CIHR Research Priorities Survey

  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is turning to Canadians in order to inform its health research priorities. All stakeholders, including citizens, patients, charities, provincial funders, government departments, researchers, health professionals, trainees, and research administrators, are asked to participate in the CIHR's online survey and learn more about this initiative intended to guide discussions and inform the CIHR's decision-making process. Deadline to participate : June 28, 2019.

Mental Health and the Built Environment

New Drinking Water Resoures

  • “Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water: An Update on Drinking Water Protection in BC and the Action Plan for Safe Drinking Water in British Columbia” has been published offering 32 recommendations to continue to advance drinking water quality across BC.

Free online course: Health Impact Assessment, step by step

  • Discover the new NCCHPP free online course on Health Impact Assessment (HIA)! HIA is a structured and innovative approach to inform decision makers about the potential impacts of a project, program or policy on the health and well-being of populations. This 5-hour course is available free of charge in English and French and can be accessed at any time upon registration. It consists of 9 online modules including videos with experts, different learning activities, as well as various tools to perform HIAs. 

Healthy Built Environment Discussion Forum

  • The NCCEH and BCCDC have collaborated to pilot a pan-Canadian online HBE discussion forum for professionals, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The forum is free to join and anyone with an interest in built environment-related issues is encouraged to participate. Visitors can read posts without signing in but those wishing to post to the forum will need to create an account. Visit the "Welcome to the Forum" section to get started!

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