Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (2016-2017)

Since its launch in 2012, the Adaptation Platform has brought together key groups from government, industry and professional organizations, to collaborate on adaptation priorities. This collaboration has yielded a wealth of initiatives, projects and products aimed at advancing adaptation in Ontario, and across the country.

Building on the momentum from the previous two Regional Adaptation Collaboratives, RAC (2007-2011) and RAC (2012-2016), RAC (2016-2017) provided a means of expanding the reach of the Adaptation Platform’s outcomes through activities focused on engagement, dissemination, and the use and uptake of Adaptation Platform products/results within the province of Ontario.

With an existing network of adaptation stakeholders established through the previous RAC programming, the Ontario RAC (2016-2017) program allowed OCCIAR to enhance the capacity of communities and sectors in the region to prepare for and confront the challenges posed by climate change. Through the systematic roll-out of projects and exercises, the program increased the capacity of energy, municipal planning, infrastructure risk management planning, mining, and forestry sectors/themes in the region of Ontario to undertake climate change adaptation and to build resilience to the impacts brought on by a changing climate.

RAC (2016-2017) Products

A series of products resulted from this work:

Information Pieces

    Webinars

  • Planning for Extreme Precipitation: Assessing Alternatives for Stormwater Infrastructure Resiliency
      Presenter: Peter Nimmrichter and Marvin Ingebrigtsen
      When: March 22, 2017 - 1:00-2:00pm ET

      In this webinar, Peter and Marvin will discuss the outcomes of a resiliency assessment of the stormwater system in the City of Welland, ON to potential climate change impacts using the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) vulnerability assessment protocol. The presentation will also focus on how the City has used outcomes from the PIEVC assessment to examine options related to updating storm sewer design criteria, modifying design performance levels and evaluating the potential impacts to future capital expenditures.

      Poster Announcement

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  • Two-Part Webinar Series: Collaboration to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change
      An emerging trend in climate change risk management is a systems perspective considering the interdependencies of infrastructure providers. The first webinar provides an overview of how the City of Toronto has engaged internal divisions and external organizations, such as Toronto Hydro and other utilities, to better understand and manage climate risk. The second webinar provides a more detailed look at how Toronto Hydro is taking practical actions to adapt to climate change.

      Poster Announcement

      Part 1: Interdependencies and Multi-Sectoral Climate Change Risk Management
      Presenter: David MacLeod
      When: February 22, 2017 - 1:00-2:00pm ET

      In this webinar, David will provide an overview of how the City of Toronto has engaged internal divisions and external organizations, such as Toronto Hydro and other utilities, to better understand and manage climate risk.
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      Part 2: Toronto Hydro's Climate Adaptation Actions
      Presenter: Rob McKeown
      When: March 1, 2017 - 1:00-2:00pm ET

      In this webinar, Rob will discuss the process that Toronto Hydro has been following to adapt to climate change.
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  • FloodSmartCanada – Bringing Together Communities, Businesses and Governments to Tackle Flood Risk
      Presenter: Shawna Peddle
      When: November 29, 2016

      In this webinar, Shawna Peddle will present Partners for Action (P4A) FloodSmartProgram - a project aimed at providing a hub of information related to floods, flood risks, and emergency preparedness. Shawna will also discuss the results from the projects public survey and how these results are guiding both website content (www.floodsmartcanada.ca) and community-level projects towards understanding and tackling flood risk.

      Poster Announcement
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  • An Assessment of the Costs and Benefits of Climate Change Adaptation in Mining
      Presenter: Sean Capstick
      When: December 15, 2016

      In this webinar, Sean will present results from a case study on the implementation of a risk based tool that was used to characterize and rank the risk to various mine infrastructure under current and future climate conditions.

      Poster Announcement
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  • Workshops

  • Introductory Course on Climate Change Impacts in the Mining Sector - (POSTPONED – New date TBD)
      In partnership with Risk Sciences International and NodelCorp Consulting, OCCIAR/MIRARCO is pleased to present a special half-day course on the impacts of climate change in the Ontario mining sector. This three-hour training course will be taught by leading engineers and scientists in the fields of climate change and infrastructure risk. It will introduce participants to the key scientific concepts of climate change, offer an overview of climate trends and projections, and describe the implications of a changing climate for the mining sector. Participants will develop an appreciation for the impacts that climate shifts induce on the operating environment for the mining sector, and how these can translate into impacts and risks for mine operations and planning. The course will cover a range of issues related to climate change impacts, including the value of proactive climate risk management, asset management, life-cycle planning, environmental assessment and legal liability considerations. Integrating lessons and examples from case studies, participants will learn about the different approaches and available tools and frameworks to assess and manage climate risk.

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      For more information, please contact Suzanne Perdeaux at sperdeaux@mirarco.org
  • Climate Change in Muskoka: A Workshop on Extreme Weather and Emergency Management - (October 21, 2016)
      In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Parry Sound District Office, OCCIAR was pleased to present this special one-day workshop specifically geared towards municipal representatives from the Muskoka River Watershed, including senior municipal planners, community emergency management coordinators, fire chiefs, and others. The workshop took participants through the science of climate change, the importance of considering climate change in emergency management, risks to municipal infrastructure, legal liability, as well as various presentations on risk mitigation and adaptation planning in other municipalities and First Nations communities.