Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks

2019 – Council of Canadian Academies 

This report, which identifies the top climate change risks for Canada, assesses which risks have the greatest potential for adaptation, and explores how the federal government can best inform its decision-making in response to these risks. Although many governments throughout Canada have studied climate change risks, there are few complete assessments that will help prioritize government responses to risk.

The findings emphasize 12 major areas of climate change risk facing Canada from a national perspective and identify 6 areas where these risks are most acute. All 12 areas of risk considered by the Panel can be meaningfully reduced through adaptation measures that lessen vulnerability or exposure. The 6 areas of acute climate risk facing Canada are:

  • Physical Infrastructure
  • Coastal Communities
  • Northern Communities
  • Human Health and Wellness
  • Ecosystems
  • Fisheries

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