National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health |

June 2022

June 29, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm Pacific Time (PT)

Glen Kenny, Robert Meade
University of Ottawa

Sarah Henderson
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health,
BC Centre for Disease Control

Extreme heat

Climate change is increasing the frequency, duration, and intensity of the number of very hot days over 30°C in Canada, with the potential for serious impacts on human health. This topic pages aims to provide a list of curated resources on preparing for and responding to extreme heat events for individuals, communities, and public health professionals.

Health checks during extreme heat events

One way to reduce the public health impacts of extreme heat events is to check in regularly with susceptible people to see how they are coping. This tool from the NCCEH is designed to support people doing heat checks by providing key information and guidance in a 5 page package. This tool is co-developed with Dr. Glen Kenny and his heat stress research group at the University of Ottawa.

Additional NCCEH resources

Monkeypox in personal service establishments: Low risk, but know the signs

Canada has reported an outbreak of human to human transmission of monkeypox virus (MPVX). While community transmission remains low, personal service establishments are public settings that unite several of the risk factors for MPVX transmission. This document provides an overview of monkeypox and outlines key information for public health inspectors.


This updated collection of resources on Legionella includes those relevant to how climate change could affects risks of legionellosis. This topic page includes resources regarding sources of exposure and factors affecting Legionella survival and growth, approaches to managing Legionella risks in buildings, and responses to Legionella outbreaks and the corrective actions required.

Research scan

June 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.

Healthy Built Environment

Monitoring healthy growth:
Community design & perception baseline indicators

July 19, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm Pacific Time (PT)

Amanda Scales and Bo Cheyne
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health


Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide

This guide by PreparedBC provides advice for individuals to prepare and respond to an extreme heat emergency, including step-by-step instructions on developing an emergency plan, when to activate the plan, and tips for staying cool both inside and outside.

Can You Handle the Heat? A Canada Wide Survey on Knowledge, Risk Perceptions, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Extreme Heat

With the summer season fast approaching, the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit at the University of Ottawa recently launched a Canada-wide survey for adults aged 50 years or older, on knowledge, risk perceptions, attitudes, and practices related to heat stress. Given that heatwaves are projected to increase in frequency and severity due to rising global temperatures, public heat stress prevention and management is of critical importance to prevent adverse heat-health effects. The results of this survey will help increase awareness and knowledge about the importance of heat stress prevention and management and assist in directing the development of future protections. Click Here to Complete the Survey

Health Canada Consultation - Benzene Releases from Gasoline Stations: Implications for Human Health

Benzene is a recognized human carcinogen and, as such, a component of particular concern in gasoline. The objective of this assessment is to estimate the contribution of benzene emissions to inhalation exposures for communities residing in proximity to gasoline stations. Any person may, within 60 days after publication of this document, file with the Minister of Health written comments on the scientific considerations in the draft science assessment.

CIPHI Alberta fall workshop early bird registration open in June

Early bird registration for CIPHI Alberta's fall workshop on October 23 - 25 is now open. See here for more information.

CIPHI National AEC - Early bird rate ends July 4

The Durham Region Health Department has resumed planning for the 2022 CIPHI National Annual Educational Conference. After facing many challenges in the last 2 years, get ready to learn, collaborate, network, and have fun! You can now experience the conference virtually or in-person. The in-person conference will be held at the Ajax Convention Centre, Ajax Ontario on September 11–14, 2022. Early bird registration rates end July 4. Program now available here

Insights from the 2022 knowledge translation student award recipients

July 6, 2023 | 1 – 2:30 pm (EDT)

Join the winners of the National Collaborating Centre for Public Health (NCCPH) Knowledge Translation (KT) Student Awards and get a first-hand look at their crucial work in bridging the gap between research and practice. These students and recent graduates are leading innovative knowledge translation strategies. This session highlights their academic excellence and features unique and transferable strategies to address today’s public health priorities.

  • Shannon Bird, MPH, Brock University: Art as a Tool for Promoting Public and Environmental Health: A Lesson Plan for Ecojustice Educators
  • Melissa MacKay, PhD Candidate, Public Health, University of Guelph: Maintaining trust through effective crisis communication during emerging infectious disease
  • Alexa Ferdinands, PhD, Health Promotion and Socio-behavioural Sciences, University of Alberta: Collaborating with youth to address weight stigma in healthcare, education, and the home

Click here to register for the webinar


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