Adapting to climate change in Canada

Canada is experiencing the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events, such as wildfires and floods, 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.

What is adaptation?

Adaptation involves making adjustments in our decisions, activities, and thinking because of observed or expected changes in climate. Adaptation will help reduce harm or take advantage of new opportunities.

Adaptation actions can anticipate, or respond to the impacts of a changing climate. Examples of adaptation measures include the development of more stringent building standards for areas where heavier snowfall is expected, or limiting development in coastal areas where sea level is projected to rise. By making informed decisions, we will be able to avoid certain costs associated with climate change.

Government action

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is our plan – developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples – to grow our economy while reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts of a changing climate. Taking action now to adapt to climate change will help protect the health, well-being and prosperity of Canadians and manage risks to communities, businesses and ecosystems.

Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results

The Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results will help define how to measure progress on federal, provincial, and territorial adaptation efforts in building Canada’s resilience to climate change. The panel will also communicate to Canadians about progress in preparing for and recovering from the impacts of climate change.

Federal Adaptation Policy Framework

The Federal Adaptation Policy Framework (PDF; 176 KB) helps the Government of Canada take account of climate risks as decisions are made on a wide range of programs and activities that support the well-being of Canadians. It brings climate change issues into the mainstream of federal decision-making and guides federal priorities to address climate risks in the future.

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