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May 2022

The spread of avian influenza A(H5N1) among wild and farmed birds is causing concern for commercial poultry and egg producers across Canada, and people who keep small flocks or backyard chickens. This blog explores what we know about the current outbreak, how it is being tracked, what the risks are to humans, and some of the measures being taken to reduce the spread.

Fires, Floods & Hurricanes: Protecting Canadians by Identifying and Managing Threats to Safe Drinking Water

May 26, 2022 @ 12:00 - 1:00PM (PDT)

Monica Emelko
University of Waterloo

Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada

June 8, 2022 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm (PDT)

Donna Atkinson and Leah Quinlan
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health

COVID-19 Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to update our EH resources in our COVID-19 topic page. You will find a complete listing of NCCEH's COVID-19 products as well as curated external resources organized by topical headings.

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May 2022 environmental health & COVID-19 scan

This monthly Research Scan highlights recent environmental health publications by topic and provides easy access to article abstracts and report summaries to support public health professionals, researchers, planners, students, and others working in public health.

Canada's first National Adaptation Strategy - join the conversation!

Share your ideas on short-term actions needed to build a Canadian blueprint for climate preparedness

The Government of Canada has initiated a public engagement to collect ideas and comments for the purpose of developing Canada's first National Adaptation Strategy. This engagement initiative will run from May to July 2022. During this time, we will engage Canadians on specific, measurable and achievable short-term action to support long-term transformational goals and medium-term objectives. Register here.

Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Chapter 6 - Infectious diseases
May 24, 2022 @ 1:00PM (EDT)

In this webinar, Dr. Nick Ogden from the Public Health Agency of Canada will present the methodology and contents of the Infectious Diseases chapter of the recently released report- Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing Our Knowledge for Action. The chapter highlights the impacts of climate change on risks from infectious diseases of importance for public health in Canada, including those that are current, known disease risks (e.g., Lyme disease, West Nile virus) and new risks that may emerge. It identifies the evidence to date of changing patterns that could be, or are, attributable to recent climate change. Current capacity for adaptation for increasing/changing infectious disease risks will be explored, and gaps and future opportunities identified.

Healthy Communities for Canadian Children: Reducing Air Pollution, Increasing Access to Greenspace, and Building Playable Neighbourhoods


For two decades, the UNICEF Report Card series has released a report every two years that reveals the state of children and youth across high-income countries. This year's Report Card, which will be released globally on May 24, takes a new focus on children’s environment. It compares rich countries’ environmental impacts on young people’s health and broader well-being.

Following the release of the report, on May 25, 2022 at 12:00PM (EDT), join us for an echo event, where three researchers and users of CANUE data will dive deeper into how Canadian children's exposures to greenspace, playability and air pollution affect their health and wellbeing.

The Building Healthy Communities Collaborative (BHCC) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to develop content for a Building Healthy Communities Assessment Tool (BHCAT)

The BHCAT is an accessible online platform that will provide digital resources, education, and tools for health and community planning. It will assist users (including town council members, community volunteers, not-for-profit organizations, planners, and health professionals) to assess the built environment in their community and help in planning to make it more health enhancing.

BHCC is seeking proposals to develop the BHCAT from interested parties. Please share with your networks. Deadline for proposals is May 27, 2022 at 4:00PM (NDT). Details for the RFP and the application forms are available here.

Please note that not all information is available in both official languages as the source of the information may not be subject to the Official Languages Act.

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