Children’s health is being directly and seriously impacted by climate change and inequities put them at greater risk. Climate change will affect everyone in Canada, but those already experiencing health inequities, will be disproportionately impacted25.

Lyme disease cases reported in Ontario increased 2-fold to 1,154 cases in 2019 compared to the 5-year average of 556 reported between 2014 and 201821.

  • Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are particularly vulnerable. If not treated early, the disease can last years and lead to arthritis, paralysis and, in rare cases, death22.
  • Climate change has contributed to the spread of the tick that transmits Lyme disease23.
  • Extended, warmer seasons mean disease-carrying tick populations can grow, spread, and be active longer24.

We developed this campaign to give parents information and tools to protect their families and their communities. And we need your help.

Every child should have the protection they need from climate change and have equal access to a healthy environment. Learn more about what others are doing and what you can do.

Together, we can Make It Better.

Help protect children from the health impacts of climate change and the inequities that put them at greater risk.

Steps you can take to protect your family. 

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by a tick. Follow these tips when heading outside in areas where ticks can be found:

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