Protecting rural Canadians from extreme heat

Author: Kevin E. Liang and Tom Kosatsky

Year: 2020

Published in: CMAJ June 15, 2020 192 (24) E657-E658

Research in several jurisdictions has shown that mortality increases during hot weather, for both rural and urban settings, but Canada’s rural communities face unique vulnerabilities to heat that are often overlooked. In Canada, more research on the health effects of and adaptation to extreme heat is required for rural communities. Heat-adaptation strategies specific to rural communities are needed in a future in which the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme heat events are expected to increase.