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.