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Adaptation Support


Support Organizations

There are a number of non-profit and research organizations that can help communities with climate adaptation planning and action. In addition to the organizations listed here, there are practitioners in local government and private consultants. Contact us if you are wondering how to find a climate change practitioner.

Adapting to Climate Change Team (ACT), SFU

ACT brings leading experts from around the world together with industry, community and government decision-makers to explore the risks posed by climate change and to identify opportunities for sustainable adaptation.

Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC), ICLEI Canada

BARC offers tools, resources and consulting services to increase the adaptive capacity of communities in a cost-effective and accessible way. The program offers a step-by-step solution to developing and implementing an adaptation or resilience plan.

Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment

CAS is helping British Columbia prepare for and adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The secretariat works directly with provincial ministries and agencies to help them consider climate change as they protect the health and safety of residents, maintain public infrastructure, manage natural resources and achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability. 

Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), UBC

CALP focuses on accessible solutions that bridge research and practice in community and landscape planning.
CALP uses such tools as modelling and visualization, and processes such as workshops, charrettes and community planning exercises to explore how citizens, stakeholders, practitioners and decision-makers can address sustainability challenges in their communities.

Columbia Basin Trust: Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative

Since 2008, CBT’s climate change adaptation initiative has supported communities of the Basin to increase their resilience to climate change impacts at a community level. The initiative is spearheaded by CBT and supported by advisors from a host of academic, First Nations and government institutions, as well as community development practitioners.

Communities that participate in the initiative are supported by a technical support team, which helps build local capacity by providing specific advice and expertise. A Learning Network supports Basin-wide sharing and learning of local community adaptation experiences.

Global Water Futures

Led by the University of Saskatchewan (USask), in partnership with over 100 domestic and international NGOs, Universities, First Nations and Governments, the Global Water Futures research program aims to fulfill three main goals. The goals are: 1) Deliver new capacity for providing disaster warning to governments, communities and public, which includes the first Canadian National Flood Forecasting model and new drought warning capability, 2) Diagnose and predict water futures, which includes improved scenario forecasting of climate change, with information outputs tailored to user needs, and 3) Develop new models, tools and approaches to manage water-related risk to multiple sectors, helping government, agricultural and other leaders make informed decisions with risk management models.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

ICLR is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. Established in 1999 by the Property and Casualty Insurance sector as an independent, not-for-profit research institute, in partnership with Western University. Institute staff and research associates are international leaders in wind and seismic engineering, atmospheric science, risk perception, hydrology, economics, geography, health sciences, public policy and a number of other disciplines.

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA)

A research centre based at the University of Waterloo, funded by Intact Financial Corp., the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada. ICCA focuses on mobilizing practical and cost-effective solutions to address climate change and extreme weather events. ICCA has three programs: Home Adaptation Assessment Program, Natural Infrastructure Adaptation Program, and Corporate Specific Adaptation Program.

Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network

Established in 2012 through the Federal Networks of Centres of Excellence Program, MEOPAR is a national network of academic researchers, government scientists and partners in the NGO, private and community sectors. They work together to reduce vulnerability and strengthen opportunity in Canada’s marine environment, hosted by Dalhousie University in Halifax.

They undertake three main activities: 1) Support interdisciplinary research in ocean observation, prediction and response, 2) Provide training, and 3) Mobilize scientific knowledge, technology and people through cross-sector engagement.

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), UVic

PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada.

PCIC collaborates with climate researchers and regional stakeholders to produce knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)

Hosted and led by the University of Victoria (UVic) in collaboration with Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), PICS focuses on 5 main objectives: 1) Understanding the magnitude and patterns of climate change and its impacts, 2) Evaluating the physical, economic and social implications, 3) Assessing mitigation and adaptation options and developing policy and business solutions, 4) Evaluating and strengthening educational and capacity-building strategies to address climate change, and 5) Communicating climate change issues to government, industry and the public

Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), Engineers Canada

Engineers Canada and its partners established the PIEVC in August 2005. Co-funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Engineers Canada until June 2012, the Vulnerability Committee continues as a major Canadian initiative involving all three levels of government and non-governmental organizations. It is looking broadly and systematically at infrastructure vulnerability to climate change from an engineering perspective. The Committee's work produced in the First National Engineering Vulnerability Assessment, published in June 2008.

Since that time, further work has been undertaken to complete the development of the PIEVC Engineering Protocol. Engineers Canada has worked with a variety of agencies to apply the protocol to highways, stormwater and other infrastructure. Case studies and other documentation are available from the PIEVC website.

Adaptation_support2.jpgFunding Support

Here are some financial assistance programs that may tie into your plans for climate mitigation or adaptation.

Check out CivicInfoBC for other local government funding.

Infrastructure Planning

The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program (Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) offers grants to support BC local governments on projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans that include, but are not limited to, capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated stormwater management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans. Application intake is ongoing.

Wildfire Prevention

The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative is a set of funding programs to help protect communities from the risk of wildfire. The program is administered by UBCM and managed through the Provincial Fuel Management Working Group. See website for current application information and deadlines.

First Nation Adapt Program

This program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management. The program works with First Nation communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts and opportunities for climate change projects. The program prioritizes First Nation communities most impacted by climate change related to sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. The program supports vulnerability assessments of climate change impacts on community infrastructure or emergency management; development and assessment of adaptation costs and cost-benefit analysis of adaptation options.

Additional funding will support climate impact assessments and adaptation planning efforts in communities at significant risk of flooding.

Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program

This program funds climate change adaptation projects in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.

The program works with Indigenous and northern communities, territorial and regional governments and other stakeholders to identify priorities for climate change adaptation in the North. The program provides support to northern communities and organizations to help them adapt to climate change impacts by funding the following types of projects:

  • vulnerability and risk assessment of climate change impacts
  • development of hazard maps and adaptation plans
  • development of adaptation options
  • implementation of non-structural and structural adaptation measures.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD), Natural Resources Canada

The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division of Natural Resources Canada has provided technical and financial support to climate adaptation initiatives in Canada for many years. The Adaptation Platform brings together key groups from government, industry and professional organizations, to collaborate on adaptation priorities. By providing the structure to pool knowledge, capacity and financial resources, the Platform aims to complete work on adaptation and to ensure the results of that work, such as information, tools and recommendations, reach the right audiences.

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

Find out more about the Fraser Basin Council and the BC RAC at

We want to hear from you

Share your ideas and suggestions for new resource links to , Senior Program Manager, at the Fraser Basin Council.

Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.