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Addressing Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke: Equity Informed Approaches

Climate change models predict that by 2050, very hot days (above 30°C) may occur across Canada 4 times as frequently as they do today. Climate impacts like extreme heat and poor air quality from wildfires will worsen existing inequities, and those that are most vulnerable will be at greater risk. Join us to hear about the health risks of extreme heat and air pollution from wildfire smoke and strategies targeting the needs of those most at risk. This session will help non-profit housing providers can do to build resilience plans for tenants to extreme and wildfire smoke.



July 17, 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am



Member Cost:


Who should attend

Non-Profit Housing providers working in tenant support and property management; executive and board members, municipalities and anyone concerned with extreme heat and poor air quality responses.

What you will learn

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • INTRODUCE a framework for considering which tenant populations face disproportionate risk to extreme heat and wildfire smoke and implications for strategies to adapt;
  • EXPLORE assets, strengths and key considerations for supporting the resilience of these populations to heat and wildfire smoke;
  • DISCUSS practical information for non-profit housing providers on how to integrate equity considerations in heat and wildfire strategies and responses.
  • SHARE relevant information about existing and future resources and initiatives.


Dr. Sarah Henderson
Scientific Director, Environmental Health Services
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Jenny Robinson
Executive Director
Nelson CARES Society

Avery Taylor
Director of Operations – Victoria
PHS Community Services Society

Duncan Higgon,
Senior Manager
Housing PHS Community Services Society

Louise Rowland
Manager Tenant Engagement
Health Service Clinical Management, BC Housing

Doug Schell
Manager, Recycling & Waste Management
BC Housing (co-lead on the extreme heat response)