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Lunch & Learn: Improving indoor air quality for infection control in community spaces

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This special lunch 'n' learn webinar took place on  Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Watch the recording below to learn how community health care and service agencies can improve indoor air quality to reduce airborne transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, and we'll hear how one organization – Na-Me-Res in Toronto - did it. The slides are available for download here (as a PDF)

Learning Objectives

Participants in this webinar will learn some key considerations for organizations as they develop their own strategies for improving indoor air quality. These include identifying higher-risk areas in order to allocate resources appropriately; assessing and understanding the unique features of each space in order to determine what's needed; recognizing benefits of improved ventilation and filtration that go beyond COVID-19. 


Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and a member of the university’s Building Engineering Research Group. He holds joint appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences. His research interests and expertise include healthy and sustainable buildings, ventilation and indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, and the indoor microbiome. He teaches courses in indoor air quality, sustainable buildings, and sustainable energy systems.

Morris MacDonald is Finance Manager at Native Men's Residence (Na-Me-Res) in Toronto. Early on in the pandemic, Na-Me-Res took proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and protect their residents, guests, and staff. This included significant updates to ventilation, filtration, and air quality. Morris will speak about the experiences of Na-Me-Res in doing this work.

Resources to Support your Air Quality Work

Fact sheets, backgrounders and web pages



The following organizations provided in-kind support for this event.


Logo for Native Men's Residence (Na-Me-Res) Logo for Toronto Drop-In Network Logo for Toronto Sign Language Interpreters Service (TSLIS)