Adapting Canada’s weather services to climate change

A review of the potential environmental impacts of adapting our weather services to climate change.

For over 140 years, the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) has provided Canadians with up-to-date information about the weather. This information is vital for protecting the health, safety, security and economic well-being of individuals and communities.

The changing climate is creating more environmental extremes.  For example, there are more tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, wildfires and floods in Canada. These events are developing faster and having more severe impacts when they do occur. This is impacting economic sustainability, public safety and national security through:

Canadians need to have easy access to tailored and timely weather forecasts and information to plan their day and activities.

Over recent years, the Government of Canada has been working to modernize important weather-related infrastructure to make sure that Stakeholders and Canadians have access to more accurate and relevant information on current and changing weather conditions.

This includes investing in the:

Canadians are increasingly using computers and wireless devices in all areas of their everyday lives. The Government of Canada is upgrading the weather warning and forecast system to make sure that Canadians can receive meteorological information in ways they expect to access and use it.

Using existing and ongoing resources, as well as the additional Budget 2018 investment, Canada will complete the modernization of Canada’s weather warning and forecast system which will lead to the:

These investments will contribute to reducing risks to both human health and the environment. They will lead to improved weather warnings, data management and computer models used to forecast weather for use by:

The initiative will contribute to all 13 goals set out in the 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) goals and targets. It will support the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Monitoring and reporting on the progress of this initiative, and its contributions to the SDGs and FSDS goals will be conducted through existing mechanisms and reports.



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