Adapting to climate change in Canada

Climate change is affecting Canada. Extreme weather events, such as wildfires and floods, underline the need for Canadians to better adapt and build resilience to climate change. We are helping Canadians do this.

What is adaptation?

Adaptation means adjusting our decisions, behaviours and activities to account for existing or expected changes in climate. Adaptation measures can be taken either before or after we experience the effects of a changing climate. Examples of adaptation measures include:

  • creating tougher building standards for areas where more snow is expected
  • limiting development in coastal areas where sea level is expected to rise
  • restoring wetlands to reduce flooding
  • making changes to protect our health during heat events

By making informed decisions, we can protect ourselves, our families, our communities and our businesses from the impacts of climate change.

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