Healthy Built Environment Online Discussion Forum

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Healthy Built Environment Online Discussion Forum



Healthy Built Environment (HBE) is a rapidly emerging area of focus for health professionals across Canada.  The man-made and natural features of the built environment have direct and indirect impacts on physical and mental health outcomes. Aspects of the built environment can influence air quality, traffic injuries, and presence of toxic substances, and can also modify physical activity levels, social connectedness, dietary habits, mobility, and housing. The 2017 annual report from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, presents the evidence linking aspects of the built environment to the environmental and social determinants of health that contribute to chronic diseases and conditions in the Canadian population. The report advocates for the creation of HBE through cross-sector collaboration in order to help Canadians live healthier lives and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases.

Purpose and objectives

The geographical size and demographic diversity in Canada is a recognized barrier for collaboration and knowledge sharing. To support cross-sector and pan-Canadian collaboration and discussions, the NCCEH has partnered with the BC Centre for Disease Control to develop an online, participant-driven “Healthy Built Environment in Canada” online discussion forum. The objectives of the forum include:

  • Identify HBE initiatives and activities, and enable engagement in best practice and policy discussions;
  • Promote collaboration among stakeholders across Canada;
  • Facilitate networking and shared learning to reduce duplication of effort in projects and initiatives;
  • Foster resource sharing and cross-sector learning opportunities;
  • Build a broadly shared understanding of built environment concepts for diverse contexts and political priorities related to healthier built environments in Canada;
  • Strengthen public health capacity by facilitating a practice of reciprocity across sectors, and providing a medium for collaboration and knowledge exchange on HBE work.

Target audience

The target audience for this forum is broad reaching and includes the following sectors and stakeholders: 

  • Public health professionals (including EHOs, Population Health teams, dieticians, MHOs, community health specialists)
  • Health organizations
  • Federal, provincial, and local governments (planning and design, administration, policy, knowledge translators/brokers)
  • Academic institutions (Masters of Public Health, urban design/urban planning programs)
  • Private sector, including developers and consultants


The success of the Healthy Built Environment in Canada online discussion forum depends on the number and breadth of expertise of participants, and their active participation in discussions and knowledge exchange.

We are recruiting Champions from across Canada. Champions are expected to fulfill the following:

  • Promote and broadcast the discussion forum with networks and contacts
  • Initiate and participate in forum discussions regularly
  • Suggest speakers/topics for monthly “live” presentations and support the promotion of these presentations and discussions.

Forum Participation

Participation in the forum is FREE with registration. Monthly facilitated "live" discussions will include a short presentation from a content expert to initiate/stimulate discussion. 

General forums

  • This section will house the monthly expert webinars and discussions, member introductions, feedback and suggestions, and more.

Healthy Built Environment in Canada Discussions

The forum invites all participants who work in any aspect of the built environment. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form through this link