The Environments and Health Research Summit, held in Ottawa, ON, on April 17 and 18, 2023 served as the capstone knowledge translation event of the Environments and Health Signature Initiative (EHSI) spearheaded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This two-day event was an important opportunity to reflect on the initiative’s highlights, to take stock of the state of environments and health research in Canada and to explore a path forward considering current Canadian issues, challenges and potential strengths. The Summit largely signified the completion of the EHSI, which was an important strategic investment in the interdisciplinary nature of environments and health research.

The report provided below summarizes the EHSI program of research, provides an overview of Summit proceedings and outlines key messages and recommendations stemming from the Summit. Links to event recordings, meeting slides and pre-Summit webinar recordings are also available below.

In a guest blog published in March 2024 on the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health website, Jeff Brook, CANUE’s Scientific Director, draws on learnings from the EHSI and reflects on how new investments in research are essential in achieving the ambitions of CEPA2023, and the Right to a Healthy Environment.

The Environments and Health Research Summit was hosted by the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and supported with funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Health Canada.