Health units in Ontario are now actively planning for climate change.

Climate change is recognized as a major health care crisis in Canada with both urgent and long term risks to public health. The Ontario Public Health Standards acknowledge the importance of addressing climate change. The province’s Healthy Environments and Climate Change Guideline has mandated that health units across the province take appropriate, evidence-informed action to understand and minimize the negative health impacts of climate change.

On Friday, July 17th, the Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice is hosting a webinar that will welcome speakers from two climate-related health projects from different regions in Ontario.

Kristen Boulard is an Urban Planner at the Brant County Health Unit in Brantford, Ontario. Kristen’s role is to plan for and promote the development of healthy communities for residents of all ages through the development of Official Plan policies relating to climate change and health and leading a Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment for the Health Unit.

Robert Sanderson is a Planning and Evaluation Specialist in the Northwestern Health Unit. Robert is leading a project that aims to build and sustain the capacity of the northern health units to protect health by identifying and adapting to the risks posed by climate change, while enhancing community partnerships for meaningful, collective action.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear about intersections between health and climate, and speakers will explore the links between municipal climate change planning and health outcomes.

Webinar Details

Friday, July 17, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Click here to register.