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Long-Term Impact Assessment of CEC’s work on addressing the impact of extreme heat events (2015–2018)

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants to undertake the long-term impact assessment of two projects related to addressing the impact of extreme heat events.

In 2015-2016, the CEC implemented a project titled Helping North American Communities Adapt to Climate Change: A Pilot Syndromic Surveillance System for Extreme Heat to develop a pilot operational, real-time syndromic surveillance system for extreme heat events (EHEs) in three at-risk communities in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and to highlight in a guidance document best practices and lessons learned on developing a syndromic surveillance system for EHEs.

These syndromic surveillance systems were intended as a tool for situational awareness to support local public health professionals and emergency management officials as they respond to EHEs. The project was completed in collaboration with local health authorities who had existing capacity with similar systems to take advantage of their expertise and knowledge.

Building on the work carried out in 2015-2016, the CEC implemented a project titled Monitoring Health Impacts from Extreme Heat Events under the 2017–2018 Operational Plan. The goal of this project was to expand the capacity of North American communities to anticipate and prevent negative health outcomes from extreme heat events.

The 2017–2018 project aimed to support additional communities in implementing syndromic surveillance (SyS) systems to monitor heat-related health outcomes, to develop evidence-based tools for the identification, prevention and treatment of heat-related illnesses among the most vulnerable populations, and to provide essential decision-making tools to public health professionals and emergency management officials that could assist early detection of heat-related illness and enhance preparedness and response during EHEs.

Deadlines for Proposal Submission and Decision

The proposal, including all relevant attachments, must be received by the CEC Secretariat offices by 17:00 EST on 7 August 2023. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail to rinfiesta@cec.org Proposal format may be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. Once the proposal has been submitted electronically, the CEC will confirm receipt within three business days. If receipt is not confirmed by e-mail within this time, applicants must contact the CEC. The contact person is:

Rocío de la Infiesta
Assistant to the Director, Government Relations, Strategy and Performance
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The CEC Secretariat intends to select the consultant and notify the applicants within a reasonable period following the proposal submission deadline, and no later than 21 August 2023.

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August 7, 2023 5:00pm


The budget for this activity will not exceed C$20,000 (Canadian dollars), including professional fees and expenses.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.