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Canadian Public Health Association

Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum

Climate-related factors propel the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases. As our climate changes, animals and organisms are able to live in places that were previously unsuitable habitats, increasing the risk and transmission of disease. Consequently, small changes to climate impact where and how many people get these diseases. To continue to highlight the relationship between climate change, infectious disease, and health, CPHA is hosting its second Infectious Disease & Climate Change (IDCC) Forum. 

The IDCC Forum is 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, and on the health of everyone in Canada. 

The IDCC Forum will be held virtually 8-9 November 2023, from 11:00–15:45 (EST).

This event is part of CPHA’s overarching infectious disease and climate change project, titled “Creating a national forum for knowledge exchange, capacity building and collaboration to address infectious diseases and climate change.” Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, through the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund, 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.  

Thank you to our partners at the Climate Risk Institute, First Nations Health Authority, Prairie Climate Centre, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit for their support in developing this year’s IDCC Forum. 


  • Engage public health leaders, local organizations, and other partners from within and outside the health sector;
  • Facilitate education, awareness, and the dissemination of information, tools, and best-practices across disciplines;
  • Highlight different perspectives on, and social impacts of, climate change and infectious disease on health and well-being;
  • Showcase local, regional, provincial, and national level projects; and
  • Provide a platform for professionals and providers to network with peers, and discuss gaps and opportunities in the area of infectious disease and climate change.


CPHA values a diversity of perspectives and would like to invite submissions to present at the IDCC Forum from a wide range of individuals including, but not limited to: Indigenous Peoples and their communities, Black people, people of colour, persons with disabilities, public health professionals, patient advocates, urban planners, climate action groups, farmers, policy-makers, students, practitioners, climate adaptation planners, and infectious disease researchers.

Individuals and organizations representing structurally disadvantaged populations are encouraged to make a submission relevant to their work in their community. Please note, any submissions concerning a specific group or population must include a representative from that group or population in the presentation in order to be considered.


Due to limited spaces, a small registration fee is being charged to guarantee a spot, as well as cover simultaneous translation costs. Registration offers participants access to 7 sessions over the course of 2 days and the opportunity to virtually connect with speakers and engage with participants. Sessions include dynamic plenaries, oral abstracts, and panels. We offer 3 registration levels: regular, student, & community.

Registration will open 8 September 2023, and close on 7 November 2023.

Participants can register for the conference up until noon Tuesday 7 November.

Pricing is per person. The sharing of registration links is not permitted.


   One-Day    Two-Day
Regular Rate $15   $25
Student Rate   $10  $15





Supporting knowledge exchange among public health professionals and others working in our communities is vital to CPHA’s commitment to health equity, social justice and evidence-informed decision-making.

We encourage the participation of diverse communities in the IDCC Forum and understand that funding for professional development/conference attendance can be difficult to obtain. To support your participation in the conference, special registration rates have been established for delegates who:

  • Self-identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • Work or volunteer for a First Nations, Inuit or Métis community-based organization with limited professional development/conference attendance funds; 
  • Self-identify as being part of an equity-deserving population; or
  • Work or volunteer for a community-based organization with limited professional development/conference attendance funds.

Access to these special registration rates is based on the honour system; we ask that you respect the criteria established for each rate. If you have questions regarding these rates, please contact



 Requests for cancellations received by e-mail on or before Sunday 15 October 2023 will be fully reimbursed. Requests for cancellations received between 15  October and 5 November will be subject to a $5 cancellation fee. No cancellations will be granted after 5 November 2023.

If you’re unable to attend the conference you may designate someone to attend in your place. Requests must be made by the person registered and received by e-mail on or before Monday 6 November 2023. No substitutions will be granted thereafter.  


Wednesday, 8 November 
11:00 – 11:30 Opening Session    
11:30 – 12:30         Plenary I      
12:30 – 13:00 Stretch Break 
13:00 – 14:15       Oral Abstract Presentations
14:15 – 14:45       Stretch Break
14:45 – 16:00  Plenary II    
Thursday, 9 November
11:00 – 12:30   Panel Discussion
12:30 – 13:00      Stretch Break    
13:00 – 14:30        Panel Discussion
14:30 – 14:45       Stretch Break
14:45 – 15:30 Closing  Session    


  • Registration opens: 8 September 2023
  • Preliminary program: 8 September 2023
  • Registration closes: 7 November 2023