Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate

Health Canada
Description / Summary

Climate change is already affecting the health of Canadians and, without taking concerted action, will continue to result in injury, illness, and death — with greater warming comes greater health risks. Many of these health impacts can be prevented if Canada rapidly and substantially scales up efforts now to adapt to growing threats to health. With increased awareness of the issue and collaboration among partners, health decision makers and communities should seize this window of opportunity to adopt strong adaptation measures and make health systems and facilities environmentally sustainable and resilient to climate. Otherwise, climate change will continue to stress health systems, through longer-term impacts and by increasing disasters and emergencies that threaten to overwhelm their ability to protect Canadians and their communities.