Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy

B.C.’s draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy outlines four pathways to strengthen our capacity to anticipate and respond to the impacts of climate change – like wildfires, floods and heatwaves, loss of habitat, changes in growing seasons and rising sea levels.

The strategy contains actions the Province is taking in 2021 and 2022, as well as proposed actions to be taken in 2022 to 2025. It builds on the substantial 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.

Public engagement is now closed

Public engagement on the draft strategy and guiding principles was held from June 9 to August 12, 2021. This feedback is being used to finalize actions and inform the implementation plan for the next phase of the strategy, anticipated for release in 2022.

Pathways and actions

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

  1. Strengthen foundations for success

  2. Enhance community climate resilience

  3. Foster resilient species and ecosystems

  4. Advance a climate ready economy and infrastructure

Graphic illustrating the four CPAS pathways.

1. Strengthen foundations for success: data, monitoring, education and partnerships

This pathway will help to improve our understanding of the changing climate and how it will influence our lives. Actions aim to build capacity through training and education programs, bring climate knowledge into decision-making and create partnerships to plan for the changes that will happen in the decades to come.

 

  • Work with Indigenous Nations and organizations to increase community resilience to climate change
  • Increase understanding of climate risks through improved data, monitoring and forecasting
  • Improve public understanding of wildfire threats and B.C.’s changing climate
  • Integrate the changing climate into governance and decision making
  • Explore opportunities for community-based climate resilience
  • Expand education on climate impacts and adaptation
  • Enhance climate data monitoring and forecasting

Read the full list of proposed actions for 2022 to 2025 in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)

 

2. Enhance community climate resilience

Communities across B.C. are directly affected by the impacts of climate change and are the first line of response to severe weather events and disasters. For this pathway, the Province will partner with Indigenous Nations and organizations as well as municipalities, regional districts and non-governmental organizations to identify opportunities to adapt to climate impacts.

  • Conduct initial work on a B.C. Flood Strategy in collaboration with other levels of government
  • Expand community planning and disaster risk management through enhanced use of climate data
  • Improve the provincial response to extreme heat and wildfire smoke for unhoused and housing insecure populations
  • Increase understanding of climate impacts on health infrastructure
  • Broaden the Province’s understanding of food security within the context of a changing climate
  • Support resilient community planning and disaster risk management
  • Strengthen individual and community health and wellness
  • Facilitate collaboration and shared learning

Read the full list of proposed actions for 2022 to 2025 in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)

 

3. Foster resilient species and ecosystems

B.C. is home to a rich diversity of species and ecosystems. For this pathway, the Province will work with Indigenous Nations, including Knowledge Holders, and others to ensure our landscapes and ecosystems in B.C. are managed to promote resilience and connectivity. We will also work to strengthen the resilience of the marine environment and enhance B.C.’s watershed security.

  • Identify opportunities for using nature-based solutions for climate adaptation and greenhouse gas reductions, in collaboration with partners
  • Assess climate risks and vulnerabilities to B.C. fisheries and aquaculture
  • Conduct initial work on a watershed security strategy and assess risks to water quality from contaminated sites under future climates
  • Improve understanding of climate impacts on BC Parks’ infrastructure and operations
 

Key themes proposed for actions for 2022 to 2025

  • Enhance watershed security and strengthen marine resilience
  • Enhance tools and approaches for managing ecosystems, parks and protected areas

Read the full list of proposed actions for 2022 to 2025 in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)

 

4. Advance a climate ready economy and infrastructure

Climate change has significant impacts on B.C.’s business and industrial sectors, as well as the infrastructure we all rely on – from roads and bridges to communication and energy systems, to schools and hospitals. This pathway works to ensure that B.C. business and industry can address the risks of climate change, while also helping to maintain a resilient workforce and build food security.

  • Promote reliable transportation networks by assessing climate impacts on vulnerable highway culverts and resource roads
  • Improve the Province’s understanding of agricultural water infrastructure and climate risks to mining and energy industries
  • Enhance use of the Climate Change Informed Species Selection Tool in the forest sector
  • Expand the Province’s understanding of climate risks to coastal communities and economies
  • Promote a climate-ready public sector through assessing climate risks on government buildings
 

Key themes proposed for actions for 2022 to 2025

  • Increase the resilience of our buildings and infrastructure
  • Support business and industry to respond to climate risks

Read the full list of proposed actions for 2022 to 2025 in the strategy (PDF, 8.6MB)