Documents: Policies, Position Statements, and Presentations

The following is a list of links to documents regarding indoor air quality, the impact of toxins or toxicants on human health, and issues related to damp environments.  The list includes governmental and non-governmental reports such as:

Grey literature: Conference proceedings, presentations, theses and dissertations, research reports and other scholarly sources of information that fall outside of formal academic research.

White papers: government or other authoritative reports that give information about a particular issue.

Policies and Position Statements: statements and policies from governmental and professional bodies.

These are divided by general theme (e.g. First Nations and Indigenous Health, Provincial Statements, Local policies)

First Nations and Indigenous Health:

Sophie Verhille, PhD, Powerpoint Presentation. Indoor Air Quality issues in First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada. National Collaborating Centre for Environment Health. (no date).

Government of Canada Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (Sept 2010). Fact Sheet: National Strategy to Address Mould in First Nation Communities 

*Note: In August 2017 the government announced plans to dissolve Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.  As a result, this link may change.  See the updated Indigenous Services Canada page for more current information.


Mould Illness/CIRS

Berndston (2013). Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome: Overview, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

This power point presentation provides a thorough overview of the state of the knowledge regarding CIRS, as per Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.  Dr. Berdston is a board member of the International Society for Environmentally-Acquired Illness (

Mould and Residential Water Damage

Government of Canada Department of Health,  (March 31, 2007) , Residential indoor air quality guidelines for moulds Canada Gazette Part I, Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (pp710-713).

This government publication is archived on the Government of Canada publications website and gives a brief overview of the causes, health impact, and guidelines for residential indoor air quality, including the limits of air testing (because no range is set to determine what is considered healthy).  As an archived document it is not updated.

James Scott (2004).  Clean-up Procedures for Mold in Houses  Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association, Government of Canada.

This publication, prepared by James Scott (PhD, University of Toronto) for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association (CMHA), reviews processes for defining, assessing, and fixing mould and moisture issues in residential homes.  Scott’s checklist for residents on how to assess and maintain properties for the prevention and addressing of mould problems is very thorough.  The checklist and guidelines for assessing one’s own home cover many aspects of the indoor and outdoor structure, and living habits.


Official Information Sheets Regarding Mould:

Ontario College of Family Physicians (Canada) “Mould” provides clinical information that does not include health impacts or medical treatment.