Ginette Petitpas Taylor, minister of health, announced an investment of $1.7 million over the next two years for eight projects that will help improve the health of Canadians in a changing climate.
“There are currently gaps in knowledge that exist related to infectious diseases caused by changes in water, food, mosquitoes and ticks as a result of climate change,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada. “These eight projects will help Canadians and our communities prepare and make informed decisions to protect themselves given the changing climate.”
Funded projects will enhance surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases linked to climate change as well as implement education and awareness activities across the country so that Canadians are informed about health risks and prevention strategies. Funding is provided through the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund, which is now accepting proposals from interested applicants for future funding opportunities.
“The Government of Canada continues to invest in projects that will advance understanding, knowledge and awareness of the impacts of climate change on human health,” said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, minister of health. “By working together with governments, universities, health professional organizations and communities, we will be in a better position to understand the risks and take the appropriate measures to prevent illness.”
Established in 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund is providing up to $2 million annually over the next 11 years to help understand the impact of climate-driven infectious diseases on the health and well-being of Canadians.