Climate change and your health

The climate-related hazard that may affect your health and tools that organizations can use to assess their readiness.


As of 2013, climate change is considered a determinant of health by the World Health Organization. While all New Brunswickers are vulnerable to climate change, it has an increased impact on those most at risk and living with pre-existing conditions.  These vulnerable groups include:

  • people aged 65 and older 
  • young children (4 years and under)
  • people living in poverty and housing insecurity
  • newcomers
  • people with disabilities
  • outdoor workers
  • people with pre-existing and chronic health conditions 

New Brunswick’s climate hazard projections include : 

  • increases in average annual temperatures 
  • more intense and frequent extreme weather events 
  • changes in precipitation leading to more droughts
  • more heat waves, sea level rise 
  • an increase in vector-borne diseases carried by pests (such as ticks and mosquitoes) 


HealthADAPT initiative

From early 2019 to March 2022, Public Health New Brunswick participated in one of ten projects funded by Health Canada to undertake climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments.  
The project’s  main objective is to build capacity at all levels (local, regional, and provincial) to help communities identify, and take action to help lessen the population health effects of climate change. 


Tool box

The tools offered in this section below will assist the province, the health systems, and other communities in understanding the human health impacts of climate change, demonstrate how to establish baseline indicators for community health, and provide guidance on adaptation measures.


Report #1

Understanding Climate Change and Health Implications

Report #2

New Brunswick HealthADAPT Project-Pilot Community Selection Process

Report #3

Climate Change and Population Health Vulnerability Baseline Report

Report #4

Building Adaptive Capacity Report

Report #5

Climate Change Sensitivity Profiles for New Brunswick Health Council Communities

NB Infographic - This infographic is meant to inspire as it illustrates ways that adaptive communities can reduce climate change impacts on health using simple messaging related to climate exposure risks (water quality, extreme temperatures, extreme weather, vector-borne diseases, UV radiation, air quality, food insecurity) as well as mental health and social inequities

CCHVAA presentation (PDF) - A slide deck presentation to learn more about climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments.



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