A number of extreme weather events over the past five to 10 years—such as the 2013 Alberta and Greater Toronto Area floods and others—have demonstrated the vulnerability of infrastructure to such events. Many municipalities and senior levels of government have recognized their infrastructure’s vulnerability to climate change, and have begun to take steps to improve the resiliency of their infrastructure through adaptation.
In March 2017, the Infrastructure and Buildings Working Group (IBWG)—established by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Engineers Canada, in consultation with Natural Resources Canada—engaged AMEC Foster Wheeler and Credit Valley Conservation Authority to complete a State of Play report on adaptation activities in Canada. The report draws on literature reviews and input from a wide variety of key infrastructure and adaptation experts in Canada to identify gaps, and potential opportunities to address them. With an emphasis on water infrastructure, transportation systems, engineered and non-engineered buildings, and other infrastructure, the report studies how adaptation actions on these infrastructure systems impact public and community services, and the people who depend on them.
In identifying a wide range of barriers to climate change adaptation in Canada, the report compiles a list of 62 opportunities or next steps for the multitude of actors involved in adaptation actions, from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, to private companies, associations, and citizens.
A French version of the report will be made available later in 2017.