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Community Profile | District of Saanich


The District of Saanich, on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, is one of 13 municipalities in the Capital Regional District.

Saanich adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2010 to reduce community and municipal greenhouse gas emissions. The next step was a Climate Change Adaptation Plan to prepare the community and municipal operations for anticipated climate change impacts.

Consultants for the District worked with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) to analyze regional climate change scenarios. They also prepared a preliminary vulnerability and risk assessment, drawing on the protocol in Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional and State Governments.

A climate change adaptation plan was completed and adopted by the District of Saanich Council in 2011. The plan addresses impacts in 10 key sectors including: ecosystems and urban forests; infrastructure; transportation and mobility; buildings; agriculture and food security; energy supply; economic development; health; land-use; and emergency response. It also lists actions that residents, businesses and municipal operations can take to prepare for and adapt to these impacts.

Read about the Saanich experience:

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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.