Conditions in both the natural and built environments can affect people's ability to achieve and maintain good health. A healthy environment includes safe water and food supplies and properly designed, constructed and maintained housing and community facilities as well as suitable treatment and disposal of wastewater and solid waste. To maintain a healthy environment, it is also necessary to plan for and respond to emergencies and to work towards the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
North of 60 degrees, responsibility for environmental public health programming has been devolved to territorial governments or First Nations and Inuit control as part of land-claims settlements.
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Health Canada's Environmental Public Health Program is committed to providing First Nations with a high-quality environmental public health program through:
In this section, you will find information about Environmental Public Health Programming, including Drinking Water and Wastewater and Healthy Community Environments. See the Environmental Public Health Division's website for information about how Health Canada 's Environmental Public Health programming in First Nations communities is structured and coordinated nationally.
You can also find a summary of information in the First Nations Environmental Public Health Program Booklet.
You can also find information on keeping your home enviromment safe in the Your Health at Home booklet.