You are here

Built Environment

Recognizing the health impacts of the natural and human-made surroundings in which we live, work, and play.

Integrating Indigenous Community Planning into a Healthy Built Environment

Canadian Public Health Association Public Health 2016 In collaboration with NCCAH, this session included four presentations, each addressing different aspects of a holistic approach towards integrating the natural and built environment, economy, and health in Indigenous community planning. The following concepts emerged from the 90-minute symposium: A healthy built environment takes into...

View Full Article

UBC School of Population and Public Health - Closing the gap between green and white: Using nature to improve health

Speaker: Matilda van den Bosch, Assistant Professor, SPPH and Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences More information to come.

View Full Article

Public Health Ontario - PHO Grand Rounds: The Environmental Burden of Cancer in Ontario

This joint presentation by Public Health Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario will present findings from our 2016 report Environmental Burden of Cancer in Ontario. This report estimates the annual number of cancer cases from 23 environmental carcinogens that Ontarians are exposed to during daily activities like being in the sun, breathing indoor and outdoor air, eating food, and drinking water.The...

View Full Article

American Public Health Association (APHA) - Friends and Allies for the Walking Movement

At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may work as individuals, we are part of a larger walking movement and stronger than we realize. What can we do to expand this movement? Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work toward making America a great place to walk, learning and growing with organizations, industries and...

View Full Article

American Public Health Association (APHA) - The First and Last Mile: Partnering With Public Transportation

This is part of the America Walks 2016 webinar series "Expanding the Movement." At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may work as individuals, we are part of a larger walking movement and stronger than we realize. What can we do to expand this movement? Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work towards making America a...

View Full Article

CIPHI National Educational Conference 2016 - Innovation Beyond Inspection

The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) Alberta Branch welcomes you to the 82nd Annual Educational Conference, to be held at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel, conveniently located in Edmonton's downtown core. The conference will incorporate educational, business and networking opportunities. NCCEH Sessions Supporting Collaboration between Food Safety and Food Security in British...

View Full Article

UBC School of Population and Public Health - The health impacts of urban and transport related exposures in cities

Special seminar, with Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, PhDResearch Professor in Environmental EpidemiologyCREAL- Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona Mark Nieuwenhuijsen is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He has experience and expertise in areas of...

View Full Article

BC Healthy Living Alliance - Building Communities that Motivate People to Walk and Bike

Please join BC Healthy Living Alliance on Thursday, June 23rd from 9:00-10:30 am for an exciting webinar on healthier built environments. Communities that make it more convenient and comfortable for people to walk and bike to where they need to go – also make it easier for people to be healthier. There are stacks of studies that back this up.  Just last year, the My Health, My Community surveys...

View Full Article

American Public Health Association (APHA) - Understanding the Links Between Transportation and Health: Case Studies from the Field

This webinar will center on a discussion of the benefits of bringing health together with transportation. Topics will include: The DOT/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Transportation and Health Tool, and its relationship to States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Examples from three MPOs on how health and transportation impacts the environment, safety, active transportation,...

View Full Article

American Public Health Association (APHA) - Making the Connection: Changing Climate through Healthy Community Design and Transportation

In our third webinar of the Climate Changes Health series, participants will discover how transportation and healthy community design can ease the clinical impacts of climate change.  APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health:...

View Full Article

NCCEH eJournal Club - Bed Bugs: Prevalence in Low-Income Communities, Resident’s Reactions, and Implementation of a Low-Cost Inspection Protocol

The NCCEH eJournal Club is a series of informal hour-long sessions discussing and appraising articles relating to environmental health. Active participation is encouraged. Although these sessions are directed at public health inspectors, anyone interested in a given topic is more than welcome to take part. Remote viewing instructions are available on the Eventbrite registration page. Title of...

View Full Article

Public Health Ontario (PHO) Grand Rounds - The ice effect: assessing health impacts of the December 2013 ice storm

In December 2013, Toronto and surrounding areas experienced the most severe ice storm in more than a decade causing mass power outages and millions of dollars in property damage. This presentation will provide an overview of a study that examined the health effects of the 2013 ice storm using emergency department visit data from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS). This...

View Full Article

Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) - Investigating the public health significance of occupational noise-induced hearing loss

While noise is a well-known cause of individual hearing loss, the public health significance of occupational noise-induced hearing loss is not yet fully understood. This presentation will summarize what is known about occupational hearing loss both globally and in Canada; and describe the gaps in knowledge that result, in part, from the lack of comprehensive noise exposure data from occupational...

View Full Article

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Grand Rounds - Considering Health Impacts in Our Transportation and Development Decisions

Please join us Tuesday April 19th from 12:00PM to 1:00PM at the BCCDC in the Lane Level Lecture Hall when Drs. James Lu, Lisa Mu and Laurie Bates-Frymel will present “Considering Health Impacts in Our Transportation and Development Decisions”. For offsite participants, please click the link below to view the presentation live on April 19th. BCCDC Public Health Grand Rounds is a self-approved...

View Full Article

CHNET-Works! - Communicating for change as a component of strategic communications in public health: Talking about how where we live, work and play affects health

Public awareness of and support for the social determinants of health (SDH) can be a key driver for policy change to improve everyday living conditions and promote more equitable distribution of power and resources for health. Over the past few years there has been a concerted effort by a range of organizations to develop effective communication tools and resources which reflect the realities of...

View Full Article

NCCEH eJournal Club - Older adults’ outdoor walking and the built environment: does income matter?

Title of paper: Older adults’ outdoor walking and the built environment: does income matter? (Winters et al, 2015). Questions to consider ahead of the session: What are some social, economic, and personal determinants that might affect the extent of walking outdoors and other physical activity among older adults? What are the limitations with using data from a survey and what are the potential...

View Full Article

Public Health Ontario (PHO) - Built Environments and Health Research: Where to next?

There is a large body of evidence showing a relationship between the characteristics of built environments and urban form, and a variety of health indicators such as physical activity, obesity and diabetes and much advocacy is based on these findings. This presentation examines the relative roles of research, policy development and politics in future directions for this cause, drawing on...

View Full Article

Public Health Ontario (PHO) et al. - The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) 2016: Collaborate. Innovate. Transform.

TOPHC is hosted jointly by Public Health Ontario, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa).​​After reflecting on public health’s ability to adapt to a changing world last year, the TOPHC Program Committee challenges participants at TOPHC 2016 to examine how all three actions (collaboration, innovation and transformation) can work...

View Full Article

Canadian Field Epidemiology Program Seminar - Why Nature Matters for Public Health

CFEP Seminar: "What Nature Maters for Public Health" by Dr. Craig Stephen Online Evaluation Form: To join online:1. Go to If requested, enter your name and email address.3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: seminar4. Click "Join". To join the teleconference...

View Full Article

CHNET-Works! - Housing, Health Equity and Opportunities for Public Health

This webinar will look at the direct effect of housing conditions on health, how exposures to risk conditions impact vulnerabilities and consequences experienced by populations, and why this is an important public health concern. Guest speakers will highlight intersectoral research initiatives that consider the impact of housing conditions on health, and describe various roles that public health...

View Full Article

Green Space and Mental Health: Pathways, Impacts and Gaps

Around the globe, mental health disorders are a significant and growing cause of ill health and early death, with the burden of such diseases increasing by more than a third between 1990 and 2010. Almost a third of all Canadians have experienced a mental illness at some point during their lifetimes. A Statistics Canada survey reported the most commonly reported illnesses to be mood disorders,...

View Full Article

Review of Field Tests on Bed Bug Control Technologies

Economic, environmental, and health concerns with bed bug control technologies and management options are of interest to public health and pest management agencies, who often receive and need to respond to inquiries regarding bed bugs (Hemiptera: Cimex). However, control technologies are constantly changing as evidence emerges for evaluating their efficacy/feasibility and acceptance by...

View Full Article

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, elusive, and resilient insects that live by feeding on the blood of mammals, including humans. Bed bug infestations have become prominent worldwide, generating increased public concern. Despite the attention given to bed bugs by the public, researchers, governments, and pest management professionals, there are still considerable challenges with managing...

View Full Article

Phosphine Poisoning as an Unintended Consequence of Bed Bug Treatment

Recent news on Canadian fatalities linked to the inappropriate use of phosphine for bed bug control underlines the need for public health practitioners to be aware of the issue.

View Full Article

Cardiovascular Health, Traffic-related Air Pollution and Noise: Are associations mutually confounded? A systematic review

This review assessed the confounding effect of one traffic-related exposure (noise or air pollutants) on the association between the other exposure and cardiovascular outcomes. A systematic review was conducted with the databases Medline and Embase. The confounding effects in studies were assessed by using change in the estimate with a 10 % cutoff point. The influence on the change in the...

View Full Article

Wind Turbines and Health - revised

Noise and Low Frequency SoundThe sound level associated with wind turbines at common residential setbacks is not sufficient to damage hearing, but may lead to annoyance and sleep disturbance. Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)Wind turbines are not significant sources of EMF exposure. Shadow FlickerShadows caused by wind turbine rotors can be annoying, but are not likely to cause epileptic seizures at...

View Full Article

Prevention, identification, and treatment options for the management of bed bug infestations

In the past decade, bed bug infestations have been increasing worldwide. Historically, studies have failed to provide evidence for the transmission of human diseases through bed bugs, but recent evidence is lacking. Although physical reactions to bed bug bites continue to be documented, evidence regarding the mental health effects arising from bed bug infestations is limited to anecdotes and...

View Full Article

Bed Bugs and Public Health: New Approaches for an Old Scourge

The objective of this paper is to share four Canadian cities’ experiences with bed bug infestations and to explore public health roles in managing them. We summarize presentations from a workshop at the 2010 Canadian Public Health Association Conference which examined the re-emergence of bed bugs in Canada and compared management approaches of municipal and public health authorities in four...

View Full Article

Intersection between the Built and Social Environments and Older Adults’ Mobility

Inevitably, an aging population will demand significant health and economic costs at personal and societal levels. Emerging evidence highlights that built and social environments both play a role in older adults’ mobility, community engagement and health. It may be the interaction between the person, the built environment, and elements of the social environment that encourage or dissuade an...

View Full Article

Reducing Residential Indoor Exposure to Pesticides: a Toolkit for Practitioners

The scientific literature indicates that avoidance of pesticide use and alternative practices, such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), may be effective methods for reducing indoor residential pesticide exposure. Safe use of pesticides, indoors and outdoors, involves following label directions and taking precautionary measures, such as wearing gloves and protective clothing. Track-in and take-...

View Full Article

Air Quality and Community Health Impact of Animal Manure Management (UBC Bridge Program)

Nearly 200 million tonnes of livestock manure are generated in Canada each year.1 Manure storage and land application tends to produce odour, greenhouse gases, microbes, and particulate matter, which can negatively impact the environment and human health. Occupational exposures of manure management have been linked to psychological stress and adverse effects on the respiratory system and heart...

View Full Article

Community Planning with a Health Equity Lens: Promising Directions and Strategies (UBC Bridge Program)

Community planning has the potential to reduce health inequities. Applying an equity lens to community health planning can encourage greater focus on the process, the implications, and suggested outcomes. Health inequalities are unavoidable; health inequities are differences in health outcomes that are avoidable. Efforts to create vibrant and healthy communities, cities, and neighbourhoods are...

View Full Article

Fact Sheets for Promoting Healthy Built Environments

This set of fact sheets provides an overview of Healthy Built Environment issues for Environmental Health professionals (EHPs include public health inspectors, environmental health officers, and medical health officers). The aim is to help EHPs collaborate with other stakeholders to promote a Healthy Built Environment (HBE).

View Full Article

Are Naturally Ventilated LEED Buildings Healthier? (UBC Bridge Program)

Green building rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) employ a variety of design solutions to reduce energy and minimize environmental damage. These solutions, such as the use of passive ventilation, do not necessarily lead to improvements in occupant health Passive ventilation strategies employed to reduce energy can lead to uneven airflow distribution and...

View Full Article

Active Transportation in Urban Areas: Exploring Health Benefits and Risks (UBC Bridge Program)

Active transportation refers mainly to walking and cycling for transportation. Health Benefits:  People who use active transportation are, on average, more physically fit, less obese, and have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease compared to people who use only motorized transportation. A shift from motorized transportation to active transportation has the potential for societal benefits...

View Full Article

Built Environment Readiness Assessment

How ready is your organization to work in this area? We've developed resource materials to be used as a package or separately. The package includes the following:  Dialogue between a public health physician and a planner (DVD, available on request) 

View Full Article

Bed Bug Project*

Toronto, like other North American cities, is experiencing a significant increase in bed bug infestations. Toronto Public Health is working with other City departments, community agencies, and the private sector to address bed bug control from a broad perspective recognizing that only using a regulatory approach is too limited especially when working with vulnerable clients. This project...

View Full Article

Water for Life Projects*

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is working with other provincial stakeholders (most notably Alberta Environment) to enhance water management across the province. With a particular focus on drinking water quality, AHS is primarily engaged in implementing an inventory and audit system for smaller water systems, with further roles in developing and delivering educational, surveillance and monitoring...

View Full Article

Land Use Planning Commenting Process

It is increasingly recognized that the environments in which we live, work, learn and play have an impact on our health. The Grey Bruce Health Unit has developed collaborations with local and regional land use planners to influence the health impact of development in the area. The Health Unit is circulated for comment on land use planning applications for both residential and commercial...

View Full Article

Healthy Community Development Strategy - updated

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has developed a healthy community approach to address the underlying determinants of health utilizing a more community-driven stance to planning and delivery of programs and services. In 2003/04 the Health Unit considered various scenarios for the organizational structure of the Health Unit. The criteria for selection of a structure included accessibility and delivery...

View Full Article

Municipal Alignment Project* - updated

In 2008 a partnership between the City of Owen Sound and the Grey Bruce Health Unit was established to influence policy and decision making with respect to the health of the community. A Health Promoter and the Municipal Director of Community Services developed a partnership to analyse decision making processes, reduce barriers to timely communication for productive inter-agency dialogue; and...

View Full Article

Home Visit Response* - updated

The Home Visit Response (HVR) Team consists of Public Health Nurses who work collaboratively with Public Health Inspectors and other community agencies to provide bilingual, city-wide services for vulnerable and isolated individuals. Referrals are made through the Ottawa Public Health Info Line when a person can no longer manage to care for his/her health, is facing eviction or is living in...

View Full Article

Healthy Communities: An Integrated Population Health Approach

Many local governments are already leaders and promoters of healthy living in their communities. Building on this momentum, and in support of the community Primary Health Care Integration work, Northern Health is developing a systematic approach to engaging in partnerships with local governments in our region that will collaboratively address local upstream risk factors. Summary Contact:Doug...

View Full Article

First Nations Health and Housing Program* - updated

First Nations & Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), Health Canada, Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) conduct extensive public education about healthy housing issues in First Nations communities and provide public health inspections of housing and associated recommendations for remediation/risk prevention upon request. EHOs work closely with Chiefs & Councils, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern...

View Full Article

Bed Bug Initiative

The City of Toronto's current approach to bed bugs across four key control mechanisms: Public awareness, education and prevention; Data collection and reporting; Direct supports to residents; and Enforcement.   Contact:Marco Vittiglio, Associate Director, Healthy EnvironmentsEmail: mvittig@toronto.caPhone: 416-338-8341 Tracy Leach, Manager, Healthy EnvironmentsEmail: tleach@toronto.caPhone: 416-...

View Full Article

Health Effects of Large LED Screens on Local Residents

In 2011, three high-definition outdoor LED video billboards were erected around a city sports stadium. The residents of the surrounding community are exposed to the lighted images of these screens when they are illuminated. A representative of a community organization advocating to remove the video screens has asked the Chief Medical Health Officer of the local health department whether the...

View Full Article

Nematodes for Pest Control

A provincial Health Ministry has been asked by the Ministry of the Environment to advise on the health risks associated with use of nematodes to control the cranberry girdler, an insect that has been affecting the economic viability of provincial cranberry production. You are assigned the development of a response as part of your practicum with the Ministry of Health. Here is an outline of...

View Full Article

Environmental Protection and Enhancement (Miscellaneous) Regulation, Alta Reg 118/1993, Part 4: Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides

Fumigation and Pest Control Regulation, Man Reg 323/88 R

General Sanitation Regulations, RRNWT 1990, c P-16

General Sanitation Regulations, RRNWT (Nu) 1990 c P-16

Pesticide Act, RSNWT (Nu) 1988, c P-4

Pesticide Regulations, RRNWT (Nu) 1990 c P-2

An Act Respecting Land use Planning and Development, CQLR c A-19.1

Shoreland Pollution Control Regulations, 1976, Sask Reg 54/76

Pest Control Products Act, SC 2002, c 28

Pest Control Products Regulations, SOR/2006-124

Industrial Camps Regulation, BC Reg 70/2012

Foundations of Health and the Built Environment

An Introduction to Healthy Built Environments

Intervention Strategies to Reduce Residential Pesticide Exposures

Wind Turbines and Environmental Assessment

Western Medical Officers of Health Meeting June 2009; previous versions presented at Atlantic Medical Officers of Health Meeting May 2009 and CIPHI (NS/PE Branch) 2009 Annual Educational Session

View Full Article

Built Environment: A multisectoral health issue

Linking practice with research: Building a public health evidence base for health and the built environment

Bed Bugs and Public Health: A Re-emerging Scourge for the New Public Health

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) 2010 Centennial Conference 

View Full Article

Health and Planning: Exploring Options for Rural Communities

Bringing Health Back Into Planning: Overview of Canadian Tools and Cross-Sector Action

Presentations: IntroductionCatherine Elliott, BC Centre for Disease Control Health 201Alice Miro, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Healthy Built Environment InventoryErna van Balen, NCCEH CLASP InitiativeDavid Mowat, Peel Public Health  

View Full Article

Introduction to Healthy Built Environment

Agenda Presentations: Overview of HBE and impacts on public healthLarry Frank, University of British Columbia Healthy Canada by Design: Case StudiesAlice Miro, CLASP NationalHelena Swinkels, Fraser Health AuthorityClaire Gram, Vancouver Coastal HealthJani Urquhart, Vancouver Island Health Authority Healthy Built Environment in the NetherlandsErna van Balen, NCCEH NCCEH Healthy Built Environment...

View Full Article

Public Health Roles with Regard to Bed Bug Management in Canada

Presentations: Toronto’s Response to Bed BugsRon de Burger & Tracy Leach, Toronto Public Health Current Bed Bug TechnologiesTaz Stuart, TDTS Consulting Bed Bug Management: Preliminary Survey of Public Health Agencies in CanadaDaniel Fong, Mark Lysyshyn & Tom Kosatsky, NCCEH/BCCDC Future Bed Bug TechnologiesTaz Stuart, TDTS Consulting Bed bugs, Housing and Montreal Public HealthStéphane...

View Full Article