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.
Preparing for Climate Change in the Prairie Provinces: Re...
Published on: January 26, 2022
Over the fall and winter of 2020-2021, the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC) reached out to municipalities and Indigenous communities throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to better understand the current extent of their climate change...
A Guide to Finding Climate Information & Data
Published on: January 11, 2022
This guide provides an overview of credible resources that offer free access to climate data about the future. Focusing on climate information needs within the Prairie provinces of Canada, the guide outlines where different types...
Building a Resilient Canada: The Expert Panel on Disaster...
Published on: January 13, 2022
Through a panel of experts, this report examines how disaster risk reduction and adaptation can be be more effectively integrated to reduce risks. Evidence and examples from across the Prairies are used to examine the...
Map of Adaptation Actions
Published on: January 21, 2021
The Map of Adaptation Actions is an interactive map featuring a collection of climate change adaptation case studies. Featuring examples from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Prairie focused case studies explore city adaptation plans, flood...
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Under Water: The Costs of Climate Change for Canada’...
Published on: September 29, 2021
This report looks at how a warming and increasingly volatile climate could damage infrastructure across Canada and what Canadian governments can do to prepare and to reduce damage, disruption, and costs. Given cities like Calgary...
Guide for Municipal Climate Change Staff
Published on: October 26, 2021
This step-by-step guide will help you from your first day through your first year in your role as a municipal employee working on climate change. The guide covers a variety of topics including the structure...
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...
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...
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 Resilience Express Tool Kit
Published on: October 26, 2021
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...