Additional Heat & Health Resources
Toronto Public Health and its community partners work together to reduce the risks of heat-related illness due to extreme heat. Here are some additional resources about the health effects of heat and how to keep yourself, clients and loved ones safe.
For Public Health & Emergency Management
For Health Care Workers
- Extreme Heat Events Guidelines: Technical Guide for Health Care Workers
- Acute Care During Extreme Heat : Recommendations and Information for Health Care Workers
- Community Care During Extreme Heat: Heat Illness: Prevention and Preliminary Care
- Health Facilities Preparation for Extreme Heat: Recommendations for Retirement and Care Facility Managers
Heat Vulnerability Maps for Toronto
Toronto Public Health has developed heat vulnerability maps to capture the geographic patterns of heat vulnerability in the City. These maps are intended to support community agencies in hot weather planning/response and are best used in combination with the current knowledge of your agency’s service areas and the outreach conducted.
Heat Registry Manual
Community agencies serving vulnerable people may consider establishing a heat registry program. The City of Toronto has some guidance available for agencies wishing to set up such a program.
Heat Warning Statistics Archive
Data available on the number of Heat Warnings and Extended Heat Warnings from 2001 to 2018.
Board of Health Reports Regarding Hot Weather (Heat)
- Hot Weather Response Plan Update (January 27, 2009)
- Protecting Vulnerable People from Health Impacts of Extreme Heat (July 6, 2011)
- Strategies to Prevent Heat-Related Illness and Deaths from Extreme Heat Emergencies (June 13, 2014)
- Reducing Health Risk from Extreme Heat in Apartment Buildings (June 11, 2015)
- Climate Change and Health Strategy for Toronto (June 12, 2015)
- Update on Extreme Heat and Maximum Indoor Temperature Standard for Multi-unit Residential Buildings (November 16, 2015)
- Hot Weather Response for Vulnerable People in Toronto (September 12, 2016)
- Reducing Vulnerability to Extreme Heat in the Community and at Home (May 3, 2017)
- Increasing Access to Cooling in the Community (February 14, 2018)
- Heat Relief Services (November 14, 2018)
- Heat Relief Services Update Report (February 12, 2019)