New Round of Linkage of CANUE Environmental Datasets to CanPath Data

Posted June 8, 2021

A second round of Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) environmental exposure datasets have been linked with the national harmonized CanPath datasets and will be available to researchers through the CanPath Portal in June. Linkage between the two platforms gives Canadian researchers access to valuable resources to examine the relationship between multiple environmental factors and health.

The CIHR-funded CANUE collates and generates standardized area-level environmental data on air and noise pollution, land use, green/natural spaces, climate change/extreme weather, and socioeconomic conditions and links this data to existing Canadian cohort studies and administrative health databases. CANUE environmental datasets were first linked to CanPath data in May 2019.

“Continued collaboration between CANUE and CanPath enables health researchers to tackle real-world problems related to environmental exposures and the subsequent health outcomes in Canada,” said Dr. Jeffrey Brook, Scientific Director of CANUE and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “Ultimately, new knowledge enabled by our partnership will help identify cost-effective actions that reduce the burden of chronic disease and minimize the impact of a changing environment.”

CANUE exposures linked to baseline CanPath data are already available to researchers through the CanPath Portal. Additional years and new data that will be made available to researchers in June include:

Details on how to access harmonized CanPath and CANUE data are available here.