As the sites where people and businesses live and work, communities across the Prairies are facing the realities of a changing climate head-on. Municipalities across the Prairies will need to be “climate-ready,” preparing for floods, droughts, fire, heat waves, and other extreme weather.
Of the twenty most expensive weather-related events in Canada over the last 37 years, seven of those events have struck the Prairies. Extreme extreme weather is anticipated to grow more severe and frequent, and the cost is very real to people, communities, and governments. Investments and plans that take account of climate change can reduce costs and help our communities remain more resilient in the face of such stress.
ClimateWest recognizes that Prairie municipalities vary greatly both in size and capacity. ClimateWest is keen to help ensure that municipalities–particularly small and mid-sized communities–exposed to a range of climate impacts have the information and analytical support needed to guide their planning and infrastructure investments.
Through our partners, ClimateWest is positioned to support the interpretation of climate projections for use in adaptation planning processes, tailored to municipal actors. For example, the Prairie Adaptation Regional Collaborative (PARC) has provided climate projections to the City of Edmonton and the City of Saskatoon. As well, ClimateWest can support capacity building related to adaptation planning. The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) has worked in depth with the City of Selkirk to do just that. And the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has deep expertise both abroad and in Canada developing tools and guidance that advance adaptation planning and investment in nature based solutions.
Climate Change and the Preparedness of 16 Major Canadian ...
Published on: February 2, 2021
Municipal governments of 16 major Canadian cities self-assess their efforts to reduce the severity of flood impacts on their jurisdictions and citizens. Response scores were determined and recorded during interviews with designated representatives of municipal...
Prairie Provinces chapter of Canada in a Changing Climate...
Published on: December 7, 2020
The Regional Perspectives Report highlights how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting across the many regions of Canada. The Prairie Provinces chapter of this report discusses climate...
Talking it Through: A Discussion Guide for Local Governme...
Published on: January 14, 2020
Created to help municipal staff talk to decision-makers and elected officials about adapting to the local impacts of climate change. Covers guidance to a community’s context, identifying effective climate action allies, planning content of conversations,...
Climate Resilience and Asset Management
Published on: August 9, 2018
Guide and supporting factsheet and video offer guidance to municipalities interested in enhancing community resilience to climate change through asset management. Covers both mitigation and adaptation options as well as offers different ‘entry points’ based...
Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale
Published on: January 1, 2018
This maturity scale was developed with support from FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) to facilitate the self-assessment of your organization’s institutional readiness and progress in adapting to climate change. The scale draws from...
Climate Resilience Express Tool Kit
Published on: January 7, 2015
A workshop-based process to quickly build (>1 day) community support for climate adaptation plans. Since 2015, All One Sky has supported small and mid-sized municipalities in Alberta to identify and prioritize climate change risks and...