National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health |

June 2023

Ticks are a growing public health concern in Canada. Tick populations are establishing in new environments across Canada due to global warming, land fragmentation, and changing animal migration patterns. This blog summarizes the key messages from a series of NCCEH evidence-based reviews and an easy-to-reference fact sheet on how best to design and manage outdoor environments to reduce tick habitats which in turn can reduce tick-related risks. A recording of the webinar summarizing the project findings can be found here.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) air cleaners: Evidence on effectiveness and considerations for safe operation

Fermented foods safety guidance: A new resource for public health practitioners

This blog describes the Fermented Foods Safety Guidance website, a new resource that aims to support environmental public health practitioners in assessing the food safety risks of fermented foods.

Black garlic: Food safety considerations during production and storage

This evidence brief discusses the food safety risks associated with the production, handling, and storage of black garlic, as well as the processing conditions required to mitigate these risks.

Upcoming Webinars

The role of environmental public health professionals in
collaborative foodborne illness outbreak investigations

June 28, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM PT

Ken Diplock, PhD
School of Health & Life Sciences,
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning


Keeping our cool: preventing overheated buildings in the climate crisis

July 20, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM PT

Tom Phillips
Healthy Building Research, Davis, CA

Updated Subject Guides

The resources assembled here are intended to assist public health practitioners, decision-makers, and the public by providing guidance regarding public health impacts, community preparedness, risk communication and response to wildfires and wildfire smoke, as well as the psychosocial consequences of disasters in general.

Research scan

June 2023 environmental health research 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.


Insights from the 2023 Knowledge Translation Student Award Recipients

June 27, 2023 at 1:00 - 2:30PM ET

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.

CPHA Infectious Disease and Climate Change Survey

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is soliciting input regarding the impact of climate change on infectious diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, and the work being done to address such impacts. Please fill out this 10-minute survey to share with CPHA what is happening in your community, and your organization to address climate sensitive infectious diseases, what challenges you are facing, and what knowledge resources are needed. The survey will close July 7th at 11:59pm EDT.

CIPHI National Annual Education Conference

The 87th Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) National Annual Education Conference will be held in St. John, NB on September 17-20, 2023. Details on the conference are available on the CIPHI 2023 Conference website at

The call for abstracts is now open and submissions will be accepted until June 23, 2023.

CIPHI Saskatchewan Professional Education and Development Seminars

The 14th PEDS will take place on October 17-18, 2023 in Saskatoon, SK. Abstracts are accepted for oral and poster presentations until June 30, 2023. Visit Saskatchewan – ciphi for more information.

First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (FNECP) Call for Proposals

The Environmental Public Health Division of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch at Indigenous Services Canada has officially launched the First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (FNECP) Call for Proposals for the 2024-25 fiscal year! FNECP’s annual call for proposals aims to support First Nations working in collaboration with scientists to identify, investigate and characterize environmental hazards with potential for human health impacts. Details are found on this webpage First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (

Submission deadline: October 21, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Webinar Recording

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