OCCIAR Case Studies

Addressing Weather-Related Challenges at the Galore Creek Project, Northwestern British Columbia

This case study focuses on the Galore Creek project, a large copper-gold-silver open pit deposit approximately 200 km northwest of Stewart, British Columbia. In 2011 the project area was subject to an extreme rainfall event that resulted in flooding, damage and need for remedial action. This case study offers insights from Galore Creek Mining Corporation into the issues faced at the project site, and what work is underway to address weather and climate-related challenges in future. Challenges include significant variations in precipitation over relatively small areas of rugged terrain, which makes it complex to design robust water management infrastructure; transport of people, equipment and supplies to and from the site; glacial recession and lack of historical climate and hydrological data in proximity to the site.

Economic Case Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures: Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

This case study outlines the methodology and results from a cost-benefit analysis of climate change impacts and adaptation measures on Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. The study illustrates Glencore’s efforts to better understand the impacts of changing climate on the mine’s operations, and the financial repercussions of measures to adapt to those impacts. The case study highlights the process, challenges, benefits and results of a CBA to illustrate its usefulness in decision-making for mine owners and operators in Canada.


Climate Change Planning at Glencore in Sudbury, Ontario: a mining adaptation case study

This case study outlines planning and action underway to deal with the current and future threats stemming from the impacts of climate change at Glencore’s mining operations in Sudbury. The case study yields an example of one mining company’s efforts to take stock of climate risks in various facets of its business and the process underway to manage those risks. It is designed to provide an example of climate risk management in order for other mining companies in Canada to consider the changing nature of weather and climate, how it will affect their business, and ways to adapt.


Enhancing Weather Resiliency at Nyrstar, Myra Falls: a mining adaptation case study

This case study has been prepared to assist Canadian mining companies in responding to risks associated with severe weather events – today and in the future. By describing the efforts of one company – Nyrstar – to deal with weather-related challenges at its Myra Falls operation on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, it is anticipated that the mining sector in Canada as a whole will benefit.


A Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Lake Simcoe Watershed: The planning process

This case study highlights the steps involved in the adaptive management planning process which was used to inform the development of the Lake Simcoe Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.


Climate Change Adaptation in the City of Greater Sudbury

CGS has been engaged in the topic of adaptation to climate change for the past decade. This case study highlights the major initiatives and projects that have occurred over this timeframe. It also provides information about some of the projected impacts that Sudbury will face. All of these pieces contribute to the knowledge and capacity for the City to successfully adapt to climate change.


Hamilton Conservation Authority Climate Change Strategy

Recognizing that the extremes of flooding, drought and wind are expected to increase in intensity in the context of climate change, and seeing the damage to both the natural and built systems in the watershed, the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) decided to start taking action on climate change. This case study highlights their approach.