This report is the national assessment of how and why Canada’s climate is changing; the impacts of these changes on our communities, environment and economy; and how we are adapting. The report, available at changingclimate.ca demonstrates that:
- Climate change affects nearly all sectors of Canada’s economy, our communities and our environment;
- Increased efforts on adaptation are urgently needed; and
- Adaptation is critical to reducing risks and negative impacts on Canadians.
A June 28, 2021 webinar, ‘Canada in a Changing Climate – National Issues’ featured a panel discussion with lead authors of the report.
Six key findings include:
- Communities of all sizes across the country are experiencing the impacts of climate change on their infrastructure, health and wellbeing, cultures and economies.
- Changes in climate are threatening the vital services that Canada’s ecosystems provide and are negatively impacting our water resources.
- While climate change will bring some potential benefits, overall it will impose increasing economic costs on Canada.
- We must look beyond our borders when assessing the impacts of a changing climate for Canada.
- Large gaps remain in our preparedness for climate change, as demonstrated by recent impacts of extreme weather events, such as floods and wildfires.
- Lessons on good practices are continuing to emerge to help guide successful adaptation (factoring social equity in adaptation; Indigenous Knowledge; disclosure of climate-related risks as a driver of private sector adaptation; and flexible approaches such as adaptive management).
Published By: Natural Resources Canada
Publication Date: June 28, 2021
Click here to view: Canada in Changing Climate National Issues Webinar Recording
Click here to view: Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing Our Knowledge for Action report.
Click here to view: Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform