Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy

B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy outlines four pathways to help ensure we stay safe and to prepare for a changing climate. The strategy highlights B.C.'s overall direction and actions that the Province is taking to help better understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and is supported by more than $500 million in funding.  

The strategy contains foundational actions prioritized from engagement on the draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy and other factors such as government’s response to the extreme weather events of 2021, with more than $2.1 billion committed to helping people and communities recover and adapt. It builds on the work already underway in B.C. to prepare for climate change and is informed by the 2019 Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment, which examined some of the greatest risks to B.C. as a result of climate change.

Pathways and actions

Actions in the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy are divided into four key pathways:

  1. Foundations for success

  2. Safe and healthy communities

  3. Resilient species and ecosystems

  4. Climate-ready economy and infrastructure

Graphic illustrating the four CPAS pathways.

1. Foundations for success: partnerships, knowledge and decision-making

This pathway will help to improve our understanding of the changing climate and how it will influence our lives. Actions aim to build capacity and access to climate data, bring future climate considerations into decision-making and create meaningful partnerships to plan for the changes that will happen in the decades to come.

  • Collaboration with Indigenous peoples
  • Climate monitoring and forecasting
  • Understanding climate risks
  • Education on climate impacts and adaptation

Read the full list of actions in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)


2. Safe and healthy communities

Communities play a critical role in strengthening climate resilience in B.C. The Province is working together with Indigenous Nations, local governments, and other organizations to reduce risks from heatwaves, flooding and wildfires, as well as enhance climate resilience, health and wellness.

  • Community adaptation planning and implementation
  • Indigenous-led climate adaptation knowledge and capacity building
  • Wildfire prevention and mitigation
  • Enhanced flood management
  • Health and wellness

Read the full list of actions in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)


3. Resilient species and ecosystems

B.C. is home to a rich diversity of species and ecosystems. In this pathway, actions will help to increase our understanding of climate impacts for key species, habitats, and landscapes. Actions will also work to strengthen the resilience of the marine environment and enhance B.C.’s watersheds.

  • Healthy waters
  • Resilient species and ecosystems

Read the full list of actions in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)


4. Climate-ready economy and infrastructure

To maintain a healthy, resilient economy in all parts of B.C., we need to proactively include climate impacts in business decisions and the way we design and build infrastructure – from roads and bridges to schools and hospitals. The actions in this pathway will help to reduce climate risks while enhancing our economic resilience to climate impacts.

  • Climate-ready infrastructure and buildings
  • Climate-ready industry

Read the full list of actions in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)


2021 Draft strategy documents

Past engagement