Ontario Climate Consortium


The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC or Consortium) represents a distributed collective of scientists, researchers and practitioners from across Ontario with a focus on addressing climate change issues pertinent to Ontario and beyond.

The Consortium developed through a consensus building process with universities across Ontario, all levels of government, conservation authorities, NGOs and the private sector. The Consortium builds upon the well-established climate science expertise located within partner universities but also the practical experience of end-users such as large urban municipalities in the greater Toronto area and conservation authorities across the province.  Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) provides secretarial services and coordination for the Consortium in partnership with York University.  The Secretariat operates from offices housed at TRCA and York University. The Secretariat is located in Toronto, Ontario, but has linkages with university, public, private and NGO partners throughout the province.

Universities currently involved in the initiative include McMaster University, Ryerson University, Trent University, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor and Western University.

Mission: To equip public and private sector decision makers with regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate risk in Ontario.

Adaptation work

It all starts with identifying areas where research is needed – understanding how climate and extreme weather may affect Ontario’s electricity grid, for example, or determining the most state-of-the-art methods for assessing flood risks – and then coming up with plans to answer those needs.


Regional / Subnational