Government of Canada


Why we need to remember health in this conversation.

Submitted By: Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay December 23, 2016

This submission originates in the work of the Canadian chapter of the People’s Health Movement (PHM). PHM is a global network bringing together grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions from around the world. In Canada, we are a volunteer-run network of academics and professionals across the country who seek to support community-led responses to health concerns that they face. We are working with communities and partners from Latin America, northern Saskatchewan and Quebec to understand and address the health impacts of mining and oil and gas development.

In this document we make specific recommendations related to: 1) better inclusion of health evidence – especially related to social determinants of health – in environmental assessment processes; and 2) enhanced participation of communities in assessing, monitoring and making decisions about the health implications of proposed economic developments. Our recommendations are primarily motivated by examples drawn from mining and oil and gas development (“resource extraction”), but are also relevant to other sectors. We have organized our comments to respond to specific questions posed by the Expert Panel in their Suggested Themes for Discussion. We make and explain recommendations for the Panel, and provide Appendices justifying our recommendations with reference to relevant scientific literatures.

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