The Ottawa-based Climate Risk Institute will lead Ontario’s first-ever multi-sector climate change impact assessment, Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Jeff Yurek announced on August 14, 2020. Yurek said the assessment will use the best science and information to better understand where and how climate change is likely to affect communities, critical infrastructure, economies and the natural environment, while helping to strengthen Ontario’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.
In a statement, Paul Kovacs, chair of Ontario’s Advisory Panel on Climate Change, said: “Rigorous assessment of risk is an essential foundation for sustained, effective improvement in resilience to flooding, severe weather and other extreme climate events. The Government of Ontario’s provincial climate change impact assessment is an important and welcome step forward toward the building of climate resilience across the province.”
The assessment will evaluate climate change impacts at a provincial and regional scale. It will also examine the impacts on a number of key themes, including infrastructure, food and agriculture, people and communities, natural resources, ecosystems and the environment, and business and the economy.
The Climate Risk Institute will develop an engagement plan to ensure the final assessment reflects the views and perspectives of Indigenous communities, municipalities, key economic sectors and the public. The assessment will be conducted over the next two years and final results are expected to be released in 2022.