The Climate Risk Institute leads and supports a number of projects that help to promote, plan and sustain adaptation planning, decision-making and action across diverse regions and stakeholder groups. Projects range from undertaking vulnerability assessments, policy and plan reviews, and literature reviews, to coordinating and facilitating collaborations between diverse stakeholders. Learn about our current projects below.

CRI Projects

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Climate Change Information Products for Agriculture, Municipalities and Indigenous Communities in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties of Southern Ontario (2020-2021)

This project is part of a multi-year study to understand the state of climate change science in the Great Lakes and the impacts of the changing climate on various sectors and ecosystems in the region. Bruce Power is partnering with the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the Climate Risk Institute (CRI) to produce knowledge and information products that address opportunities and risks related to climate change and specific environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic values and activities in the counties that host or surround Bruce Power facilities. The project has been scoped to assess climate change impacts, risks, and…

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Development and Delivery of a Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Training Program for Professional Planners in Ontario (2018–2021)

In partnership with the Ontario Professional Planners and Risk Sciences International, the Climate Risk Institute is developing a climate change adaptation training program. Built around a series of modules and case studies, the training program will be delivered to Ontario planners to (i) build an understanding of the most recent science on climate change, (ii) provide methods to integrate climate change impacts and adaptation into planning contexts and processes, and (iii) to accelerate uptake of adaptation broadly within the profession. The project will benefit Ontario Planners by providing new, focused training that is responsive to their needs, and builds their…

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Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change in a Northwestern Ontario Forest Region (2018–2020)

The Climate Risk Institute is applying a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning framework to the Black Spruce Forest in northwestern Ontario, which is managed by Resolute Forest Products. The framework being used was developed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Climate Change Task Force. The project will i) identify how sustainable forest management (SFM) on the Black Spruce Forest is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, ii) identify adaptation options to address vulnerabilities in SFM planning and operations, and iii) develop materials summarizing adaptation options for improving operational best practices and information for forest planning. This…

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Assessing Climate Change Risk on Abandoned or Orphaned Mine Sites in Ontario, Yukon and Northwest Territories (2018–2020)

In partnership with the Northern Climate ExChange at Yukon College, the Climate Risk Institute is identifying climate change risks applicable to abandoned mines in Canada. Specifically, the project involves: i) reviewing rehabilitation plans for 15-20 abandoned mine sites to determine whether or how they account for climate change; ii) conducting an in-depth review of guidance material in each of the following jurisdictions – Ontario, Northwest Territories and Yukon; iii) reporting on the degree to which climate change is considered in guidance material and, where applicable, developing additional guidance to help achieve the considerations of climate change; and iv) proposing adaptation…

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Coordinating Efforts for a Regional Chapter in the National Assessment on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (2017–2021)

The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division of Natural Resources Canada is coordinating a national-scale assessment of the state of knowledge on climate change impacts, risks and adaptation in Canada. As part of these efforts, a series of six chapters will be developed that address regional priorities for impacts and adaptation. The Climate Risk Institute, in partnership with Laurentian University, is leading the development of the Ontario chapter of the national assessment of climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, by organizing stakeholder consultations and organizing authors meetings. The objective is to strengthen regional capacity to advance adaptation in Ontario. This…

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Northern Climate Change Network (2018–2019)

The Climate Risk Institute is leading the Northern Climate Change Network (NCCN) – a group of five municipalities in northern Ontario looking to assess and manage the impacts of climate change on their communities, infrastructure, and natural systems. This initiative will lead to a reduction in climate change vulnerability for municipalities through two main areas. First, the NCCN facilitates peer-to-peer dialogue and organizes learning opportunities for municipal staff and leaders, and develops northern-focused adaptation resources. Second, recognizing that each municipality will be at different stages in the adaptation planning process, the Climate Risk Institute is providing additional support in initiating…

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Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (2018–2021)

The Climate Risk Institute is leading the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) in Ontario. The program is an initiative of Natural Resources Canada and aims to catalyze coordinated and sustained adaptation planning, decision-making and action across Canada’s diverse regions, and to facilitate collaboration of diverse stakeholders at the regional level with local governments and organizations. Through this program, the Climate Risk Institute is building adaptation capacity for multi-sectoral, multi-partner action through learning from past action, building regional partnerships, enhancing adaptive capacity in Ontario communities, and targeted dissemination of adaptation resources. This initiative is possible with support from Natural Resources Canada. For…

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