Ontario Taking Action to Help Communities Fight the Effects of Climate Change
Province’s First-Ever Multi-Sector Impact Assessment Will Help Communities Identify Climate Change Risks and Strengthen Resilience
Toronto — Ontario is taking another step forward in its fight to address climate change by undertaking the first-ever multi-sector provincial climate impact assessment.
The assessment will help the province better understand where and how it is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and will provide information to communities to help them undertake a more strategic approach to adaptation planning and infrastructure investments to prevent and mitigate climate change risks.
"Our government is taking action in the global fight to reduce emissions and strengthen our resilience to the impacts of climate change that are already happening in our communities, such as more frequent extreme weather events and flooding," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "This impact assessment will help the province, municipalities, Indigenous communities and other local partners make more informed and timely decisions to keep communities and people healthy and safe."
Ontario will access the best science and information to determine where and how climate change is likely to affect communities, critical infrastructure, economies and the natural environment. As a first step, the government has posted a request for bids to procure a vendor with expertise in the assessment of impacts, vulnerabilities, risks and opportunities across a wide range of sectors.
Launching Ontario's first-ever climate change impact assessment is a key part of the government's Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to protect our air, land and water, prevent and reduce litter, and support communities and families to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emission and increase their resilience to climate change without a carbon tax.