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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Benchmarking Climate Adaptation in Ontario

Municipalities across Ontario are on the front lines of responding to the impacts of a changing climate. Many communities have started to undertake formal planning to adapt to these impacts, however adaptation tracking and adequate reporting systems to measure the effectiveness of these actions do not exist. Improving the knowledge of adaptation implementation will help to improve efficiency and targeted action, and support an informed evolution of the next generation of capacity building programs and policies. With support from Natural Resources Canada, the Climate Risk Institute (CRI) conducted an analysis of climate change adaptation implementation across Ontario municipalities. An online…

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Regional Climate Advisor for Northern and Eastern Ontario

2017-2021 Climate Risk Institute is proud to have served as a Regional Climate Advisor for Northern and Eastern Ontario. The regional climate advisor initiative was offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and funded by the Government of Canada. This initiative supports communities that are members of the FCM–ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take action on climate change. PCP is a partnership between FCM and ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information, visit fcm.ca/pcp. Click here for a brief survey…

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Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program

The IRP Program has been designed to help infrastructure practitioners strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance more climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design and management of infrastructure. Engineers Canada – the umbrella organization for the 12 regional Canadian regulators of the engineering profession – launched the Program in 2016 as a series of courses for engineers on the  PIEVC Protocol, asset management, risk management, and climate change law. The IRP courses will be of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider…

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Climate Change Information Products for Agriculture, Municipalities and Indigenous Communities in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties of Southern Ontario (2020-2022)

Over the course of two years, Bruce Power, in partnership with the Council of the Great Lakes Region and the Climate Risk Institute, has worked on engaging the agricultural, municipal, Indigenous and Métis communities in Grey, Bruce, and Huron counties 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.   Agriculture Over the course of our research work we assembled and reviewed literature on climate change vulnerabilities, risks and opportunities and developed risk scenarios to capture…

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

The Climate Risk Institute applied 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 used was developed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Climate Change Task Force. The aim of the project was to 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…

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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 aim of this project was to identify climate change risks applicable to abandoned mines in Canada. Specifically, the project involved reviewing rehabilitation plans and documents for a selection of abandoned or orphaned mine sites to determine whether or how they account for climate change, proposing adaptation measures to help reduce climate change risk at abandoned and orphaned mine sites and conducting a climate change risk assessment at one site. This initiative was made possible with support from Natural Resources Canada. Kam Kotia Climate Change Risk Assessment Report – Final…

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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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