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Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative

Created: 10/12/2012 - Updated: 5/07/2019

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Summary

The Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) has focused its climate change adaptation efforts on three themes: extreme weather risk management, water management, and community development planning. Proposed projects will be completed by December 2012.

Background

The RAC Climate Change Program’s goal is to promote climate change adaptation planning in Canadian communities. The Ontario RAC is focusing its efforts to improve the province’s resilience to climate change. The effort is being led by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment with partners in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Clean Air Partnership, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Association of Canadian Educational Resources, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, York University, and Toronto Public Health. The total budget for the Ontario RAC is $6.8 million, $3.3 million of which was provided by Natural Resources Canada.

Implementation

The Ontario RAC has focused on three themes to help advance regional adaptation to climate change: extreme weather risk management, water management, and community development planning. Case studies and risk assessment and management tools will be used to develop a broad risk assessment tool for vulnerability to extreme weather in Ontario.  Results from the study will be used to create a more resilient built environment and to better manage risks to human health during periods of extreme heat. To protect water resources, the Ontario RAC is developing a climate change and water resources technical experts network and a knowledge exchange forum for practitioners to exchange ideas, network and share lessons learned from water management projects. Finally, the Ontario RAC will train staff from at least 50 communities on how to incorporate climate change impacts into long-term management strategies.

Outcomes and Conclusions

All of the Ontario RAC projects will be completed by 2012, the end date for the entire RAC Program.

Status

Information gathered from publications and other resources.

Citation

Feifel, K. M. (2012). Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative [Case study on a project of Natural Resources Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment]. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from CAKE: www.cakex.org/case-studies/ontario-regional-adaptation-collaborative (Last updated October 2012)

Project Contacts

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has been protecting Ontario's environment for over 40 years. Using stringent regulations, targeted enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, the ministry continues to address environmental issues that have local, regional and/or global effects.

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Diseases or parasites
Economics
Erosion
Flooding
Flow patterns
Infrastructure damage
Permafrost
Precipitation
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban
Rural
Suburban

Related Resources

Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaboratives Climate Change Program

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Education / Outreach
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Policy
Research
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife
Summary: 

The Regional Adaptation Collaboratives (RAC) Climate Change Program was designed to help Canadian communities prepare for and adapt to the regional impacts of climate change. The six RACs work with federal, provincial, local, and community partners to identify climate-related issues and develop place-specific solutions to mitigate adverse impacts in the future.

Quebec Regional Adaptation Collaborative

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Research
Summary: 

The Quebec Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) has focused its climate change adaptation efforts on three themes: built environment, water management, and socio-economic activities, including forestry, agriculture, and tourism and recreation.

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