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Canadian Public Health Association


Creating a National Forum for Knowledge Exchange, Capacity Building and Collaboration to Address Infectious Diseases and Climate Change

CPHA has been funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund for the “Creating a national forum for knowledge exchange, capacity building and collaboration to address infectious diseases and climate change” project to run July 2020 to March 2023.

The goal of the project is to increase the knowledge and capacity of, as well as collaborations among, professionals and providers across Canada so that they can inform and educate their communities and respond to the increasing demands posed by climate change and infectious diseases. Through scoping and engagement activities we will determine what work is being done at national, provincial/territorial, regional and local levels.

Our objectives are to ensure that professionals and providers have:

  • access to evidence-informed resources, capacity building tools and networks needed to support accurate guidance and advice for populations, communities and clients concerning climate change and infectious diseases; and,
  • the knowledge and capacity to better predict and respond to climate change and infectious diseases in their communities.


CPHA conducted 16 key informant interviews during the fall of 2020 with professionals representing several sectors, including public health, climatology, environment, engineering, health care and planning. The report summarizes conversations with key informants, describing what is currently happening in Canada with respect to climate change and infectious diseases. It also highlights challenges and opportunities within this emerging field of inquiry.  

Read the report.

WEBINAR SERIES Our webinar series features presenters from across the country who explore current and emerging infectious disease and climate change topics to share knowledge, research and best practices. 


  • Surveillance of Neglected Mosquito- and Tick-Borne Pathogens in Southern Manitoba

    Tuesday, 14 March 2023 | 12:00-13:00 ET

    Register here
  • National Baseline Survey of Tick-Borne Disease Awareness 

    Tuesday, 21 March 2023 | 12:00-13:00 ET

    Register here


View our complete Webinar Series on Infectious Disease and Climate Change or choose from the individual webinars listed below.
External webinars can be found in the resources section.

  • We All Take Care of the Harvest (WATCH): Safe and secure harvesting of marine foods in a changing climate | Watch now

  • Laying the groundwork for predictive models of West Nile virus cases  | Watch now

  • Climate change and tick-borne diseases: A One Health approach in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan | Watch now

  • Preparing the next generation of One Health practitioners to combat climate change | Watch now

  • Companion Animal Surveillance: How can our companions contribute to Public Health? | Watch now

  • Maritime Mosquito Monitoring: Tracking range expansion and mosquito populations in Nova Scotia | Watch now

  • Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Chapter 6 - Infectious diseases | Watch now

  • Epidemiological and predictive modelling of recreational water quality risks at Canadian beaches | Watch now

  • Public and expert perceptions of climate change and health: Focus on infectious disease with Laura Cameron and Gillian Pritchard | Watch now

  • Modelling the future of Arctic fox rabies dynamics and associated risk management with Dr. Patrick Leighton and Agathe Allibert  | Watch now

  • Exploratory study of the presence of invasive mosquito species in Leamington, Ontario with Phil Wong  | Watch now 

  • From prey to hunter: Training mosquito- and tick-borne diseases education ambassadors to meet outreach and surveillance challenges in Canada with Karl Forest-Bérard | Watch now
  • Incidence, location, wildlife reservoir species and biogeographical modeling of leptospirosis in the Canadian Maritimes | Watch now
  • Tick surveillance goes online: Progress and preliminary results of the eTick program in Canada | Watch now
  • The Climate Atlas of Canada: Educational tools on infectious diseases and climate change | Watch now
  • The impact of lethal rat control techniques on the ecology of climate-driven vector-borne zoonotic pathogens: focus on Bartonella spp. | Watch now
  • Study of distribution of invasive mosquitoes in Newfoundland and Labrador and St. Pierre and Miquelon: a citizen science approach | Watch now
  • Emerging vector-borne diseases in Eastern Ontario: eco-epidemiological research in action | Watch now

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum was held virtually 5 October 2021. The Forum was a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices and policies to deal with the impacts of climate change on infectious disease in Canada. 

Below you will find summaries of the sessions in pdf format

POSTER CONTESTOur national poster contest is an opportunity for Grade 6 students from across Canada to learn more about climate sensitive infectious diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus, and share awareness and prevention information with their friends, family and communities. 

See the 2022 winning posters

See the 2021 winning posters


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