Government of Canada delivering climate expertise to Canadians in collaboration with Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
February 12, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia
Canadians are feeling the impacts of our changing climate. Last year, extreme weather caused $1.9 billion in property damage. As our climate changes, cities and towns, planners and builders, researchers and practitioners need reliable, well-researched information on how our communities and lifestyles are affected. Last year, the Government created the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, ensuring Canadians can get accurate and authoritative climate information as they adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced a new collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Services and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, based at the University of Victoria. Through this collaboration, the Government of Canada is investing $1.25 million over five years, in the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, enabling its scientists to share their expertise with Canadians. The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the Canadian Centre for Climate Services will help Canadians plan for the impacts of climate change.
The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium provides historical and forecasted climate data along with real-time information, and it analyzes the impacts of global climate change in Canada’s Pacific and Yukon region. This funding will help the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium provide its expertise to everyone, from local residents and organizations to national researchers who are looking for authoritative information on our changing climate and how to use it. The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and other regional climate centres provide information that is helping Canada adapt to climate change and build a strong, resilient future.
“As Canada looks to the future and the environmental impacts that climate change will bring, it’s essential we support scientific organizations that provide sound and accessible climate information to Canadians. By collaborating with the climate experts at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, we’re ensuring Canadians on the Pacific coast and across the country have access to the climate information they need. Together, we are building resilience to climate change and building the foundations of our children and grandchildren’s low-carbon future.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“As an authoritative provider of climate information to stakeholders and the public in our region, it means a great deal to us to be invited to be part of a national initiative that’s going to help even more Canadians obtain information about how climate change will affect them. We’re pleased that the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the University of Victoria can be part of the important national initiative of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services to help communities and stakeholders across the country prepare for and adapt to a changing climate.”
– Francis Zwiers, Director of Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Canada is experiencing the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events that contribute to summer wildfires in British Columbia and springtime flooding in eastern Canada underscore the need to better prepare Canadians to adapt and build resilience to climate change.
The Government of Canada is helping Canadians adapt to challenges posed by climate change. This involves making adjustments in our decisions, activities, and thinking. For example, we’re developing more stringent building standards for areas where heavier snowfall is expected or limiting development in coastal areas where sea level is projected to rise.
The Government of Canada created the Canadian Centre for Climate Services in 2018 so that all Canadians—from individual homeowners to municipal planners—have the information and support they need to understand and plan for climate impacts.
The collaboration with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is the first of several planned with provinces and territories across the country.
The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is recognized and supported by the Province of British Columbia as a climate-expert organization.
As a regional climate service centre located at the University of Victoria, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in the Pacific and Yukon region and assists clients to understand and use climate information in decision-making.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)
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