EHFC Coffee Fundraiser to support EPH projects

Hello Colleagues,

The Environmental Health Foundation of Canada (EHFC), the Charitable Division of CIPHI is partnering with Birdy Coffee Co. to offer a selection of freshly roasted coffee with net proceeds going to EHFC’s 2023 initiatives including:

1) Aquabox – a low cost water filtration system for emergency use.

2) Children’s Environmental Health Clinic – indoor air quality pilot survey.

This is a preorder opening September 05, 2023. Beans will be freshly roasted, organized and shipped after order closes on October 01, 2023. Orders will be shipped via Canada post and your coffee is anticipated to arrive within 5-10 business days (after October 1st) depending where you live in Canada.

** Please note coffee purchases will not receive a tax receipt in accordance with CRA guidelines.

Shipping is free! Each bag (340g) is shipped individually in an envelope mailer, with the coffee vacuum sealed inside as a space-saving technique. Optimal freshness is an added bonus! This prevents from having to use boxes and means less waste!  Shipping only within Canada.

Click HERE to purchase online!

Watch the YouTube video HERE!

Enjoy this unique opportunity to support a local Canadian roastery and environmental public health initiatives at the same time!

CIPHI National Advocacy Campaign Launches!!! Help us spread the word.

The CIPHI National Campaign starts todays and will run until September 25, 2023, and we need your support!

The National campaign builds on our 2022 campaign and will consist of:

  • Digital displays on Bell Media (French/English)
  • Ads on Meta (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Posts on CIPHI’s social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked In)

Regional branches have been encouraged to coordinate and run more targeted campaigns in their regions. Ways you can help with the campaign include:

  • Reshare posts on your social media accounts
  • Like social media post
  • Print materials and post them around your office and in public places
  • Let individuals you work with know about the campaign

The images are meant to evoke joy and warmth and get individuals to think about how we are involved behind the scenes. There is also a “ call for action” for the individual to view the website to learn more. 

Should you have any questions/feedback please reach out to

Meaghen Allen, BSc., BEH, MPH, CPHI (C)
Advocacy Director
Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors

CIPHI Environmental Public Health Week Campaign

Hello CIPHI members,

We are thrilled to announce that Environmental Public Health Week 2023 is just two months away! This year’s EPHW theme is “Standing up to protect everyone’s health each and every day,” and we can’t wait to embark on this exciting campaign with all of you.

We would like to introduce the “I support the health of all Canadians by________” CIPHI EPHW Campaign, a member-generated campaign that will showcase the incredible work each of you does to ensure public safety. This campaign aims to highlight the true breadth and depth of Environmental Public Health Professionals’ contributions to the communities we serve.

This campaign will depict real CIPHI members and will capture the essence of what Environmental Public Health Professionals do every single day to protect the communities we serve. Whether you’re conducting water quality testing, performing daycare inspections, collaborating with restaurant owners, or inspecting personal service facilities and special events, we want to feature our CIPHI members hard at work for EPHW 2023. 

What do we need from CIPHI members? Please email the following:

  • 1. A photo of yourself or a fellow CIPHI member engaged in important work.
  • 2. Your response to the statement, “I support the health of all Canadians by_____.” Keep it concise and impactful!
  • 3. Your first name, last name, and role 

For detailed instructions and examples of submissions, please refer to the attached document. If you are interested, please submit your photo and statement as soon as possible so we can share them for EPHW 2023! 

We look forward to hearing from you,

Your CIPHI Advocacy Team

National Award Nominations Now Open

The time to nominate your colleagues for their hard work and dedication is fast slipping away. Deadline is July 15th. Don’t wait, complete the attached nomination form now. Details on the awards are as follows;

Alex Cross Award

This award is issued to a member for displaying the highest standards of professional practice during the past year.

Alexander Officer Award

This award is issued to an organization or agency for outstanding and meritorious achievements in the field of public or environmental health.

Environmental Health Review Award

This award is issued to a member, non-member, individual or organization for excellence in presenting an environmental health issue or topic to the public.

President’s Award

This award is issued to a former member of the National Executive Council, Board of Certification, Council of Professional Experience or Environmental Health Foundation of Canada who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors while in office.

Honorary Membership

This award is issued to a person who is not eligible for Regular, Retired or Life membership in the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, for outstanding support, contribution or service to the association or Public Health Inspectors in Canada in general.

Life Membership

This award is issued to a member of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors for outstanding service to the Institute, to his or her profession and/or to his or her community over an extended period of time.

EHFC Award Nomintions Now Open

CIPHI National News <>May 1, 2023, 6:30 PM (7 days ago)
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Hello CIPHI Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada, CIPHI’s Charitable Division I am pleased to announce the opening of the nominations for the 2023 EHFC awards.   This is your opportunity to honour a colleague or your team members for their past or ongoing achievements in environmental public health.  Check our the awards and details on submitting a nomination at

Nominations close on June 16th.

Our bursary applications will open June 1st.

Lena Parker, CPHI(C) 
Chair, Environmental Health Foundation of Canada 
Charitable Division of CIPHI

Revisions to National Operating Policy #28 – National Appeal Review Process  

On October 21, 2022, the National Executive Council approved revisions to NOP #28  Appendix 3 (PDH Audits) and Appendix 4 (BOC Exam). The grounds for appealing the decision of PDH auditors and BOC plagiarism committee members have been reduced. Practices are now in place that require a failing grade be determined by a majority vote of a panel of qualified persons and therefore subjecting the decision to further scrutiny is redundant. Appeals based on the grounds that a process error affected the outcome of these decisions will still be reviewed.     

For more details on the allowable grounds for appeal and the guiding principles behind them please refer to NOP #28 Appendix 3 (PDH Audits) and Appendix 4 (BOC Exam).  

CIPHI 2022 Summer Campaign Newsletter and Survey

Hello Members:

Sharing the CIPHI 2022 Summer Advocacy Campaign wrap-up newsletter in the attached PDF to highlight the reach of our first public campaign.

As we compile our CIPHI national and regional campaign statistics, we invite you to participate in the campaign survey for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Please click on this link to provide your feedback: 

We wish to hear from you, our members! 

Your feedback will be included in the campaign’s final report.

-CIPHI National Advocacy Committee

Latest Issue of the Environmental Health Review Now Available

CIPHI Members,

The latest issue of the Environmental Health Review is now available via the Membership Services Centre.

We have three very interesting technical articles. One paper looks at the very important issue of providing an indigenous perspective on climate change. This paper highlights some of the lessons learned by seeking this perspective, not only when it comes to climate change, but also when addressing the broader social and environmental determinants of health. It presents factors public health authorities must consider to meaningfully engage with Indigenous Peoples and reduce health inequities. This allows the creation of an ethical space where “Two-eyed Seeing” can weave the different streams of evidence.

A second paper looks at how social media has been used by Ontario’s public health units in the early part of 2020. It was determined that engagement varies by region and platform but in general increased posting (especially on Twitter and Facebook) had a small negative effect on engagement. Posting less often but with more original or creative content leads to better engagement. Increased follower counts also accounted for higher engagement across all platforms. PHUs would best use their resources to increase follower count and post less often and include more personalized posts to effectively spread their information.

A third paper examines vector-borne diseases, specifically West Nile virus and how it has been impacted by climate change in the Windsor-Essex area. Increasing maximum January and February temperatures and the number of days in May with temperatures above 30oC demonstrated a positive impact on the number of West Nile Virus positive pools and the annual rate of West Nile Virus. Health units should consider adapting their vector-borne management strategies and risk assessment tools to include these parameters, which can help health units assess vector-borne disease risks for people during the season and develop risk communication strategies to protect public health.

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health presents a paper with its assessment on climate change and emerging health hazards within our communities. They report that many interacting elements can affect the presence, proliferation, and likelihood of exposure to OPs in water systems, including climate warming, precipitation, humidity, increased air conditioning and need for cooling, and water efficiency measures.

As usual, we have the very valuable journal summaries prepared by Nelson Fok in this Issue as well.

We always welcome scientific articles, short reports, commentaries and other submissions for publication. Submissions from practicing environmental public health practitioners, educators, and researchers will help to inform the field about current and important issues and continue to make the Environmental Health Review an important read for environmental public health professionals in Canada. Submissions can be sent to

I hope you enjoy reading this Issue.

Andrew Papadopoulos, PhD, CPHI(C)
Editor, Environmental Health Review

Environmental Public Health Week, September 26th – October 2nd, 2022

Environmental Public Health Week celebrates the important work of Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) across Canada.

This year’s theme is “Strength through Collaboration” recognizes that EPHPs work collaboratively with partners to collectively control disease, hazards and injury, and help Canadians stay out of hospitals.

Through evaluation and monitoring to control risks posed to the public, EPHPs, also known as Public Health Inspectors and Environmental Public Health Officers, use a broad array of strategies and interventions to prevent the occurrence of injury, disease and premature death by minimizing environmental health risks to the population.

We educate and ensure compliance with regulations on recreational water, food safety, health hazards, safe drinking water, safe built environments, onsite sewage systems, smoke-free facilities, and indoor air quality. We are part of emergency response teams and multi-agency approaches to safeguard the public. Our employers and partners include health authorities, government agencies, public health organizations, interprovincial/territorial committees and more, all working together to support and protect the health of Canadians.

This summer, CIPHI launched a national campaign to build awareness of the breadth of work completed by EPHPs. For Environmental Public Health Week, CIPHI National will be running a social media campaign similar to previous years, and we hope to see members, partners and employers share our posts widely again. Stay tuned for more information about EPHW and how you can support it.

-CIPHI National Advocacy Committee