Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (2018-2021)

With regional organizations in six regions across the country, Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative initiative helps communities prepare for and adapt to local impacts posed by climate change. “The goal of the Program is to catalyze coordinated and sustained adaptation planning, decision-making and action, across Canada’s diverse regions, and facilitate collaboration of diverse stakeholders at the regional level with local governments and organizations”.

The objective of the Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (2018-2021) is to extend the efforts of OCCIAR to help communities and select sectors better understand and adapt to impacts posed by a changing climate. OCCIAR will build adaptation capacity for multi-sectoral, multi-partner action through learning from past action, building regional partnerships, and the targeted dissemination of adaptation resources.

RAC (2017-2018) Products

RAC Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinars

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    Past Webinars
  • A Regional Approach to Biodiversity-led Green Infrastructure
      Presenter: Jack Satzewich and Dan Straker (Adaptation to Climate Change Team - ACT)
      When: May 2, 2019

      The Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) hosted this webinar on behalf of the Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (ORAC) which is supported in part by Natural Resources Canada.
      Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are gaining traction as their benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation become better understood. Meanwhile, biodiversity loss is emerging as a global crisis that carries a similar level of urgency to climate change. ACT, SFU researchers have been investigating ways that cities could take a more intentional, regional approach to planning green infrastructure in ways that benefit biodiversity in a changing climate, while providing a host of other benefits. In this webinar, Jack Satzewich and Dan Straker (Adaptation to Climate Change Team - ACT) shared urban success stories and discussed the importance of building shared understanding, as well as efforts to integrate across political, jurisdictional, and disciplinary boundaries.

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  • Addressing the Effects of Climate Change in Environmental Assessments
      Presenter: Dr. Philip Byer (Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto)
      When: November 29, 2018

      Climate change has major implications for the planning and design of many types of projects. Climate-related events such as heat waves and flooding, as well as more gradual changes in average climate, can affect the condition and performance of project infrastructure and can change the effects of the project on the environment. While climate conditions have long been considered in project planning processes, typical practices do not yet adequately address the effects of climate change. This webinar will present a set of best and emerging practices for addressing this in Environmental Assessments (EAs), based on a recent report published by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources and Risk Science International. Also important, but not addressed here, are the effects of the project on climate change through greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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  • High Resolution Regional Climate Modelling in Support of Climate Change Adaptation in Ontario
      Presenter: John Liu (Senior Science Advisor on Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks)
      When: September 6, 2018

      This presentation provided an opportunity for the audience to learn some fundamentals of climate change and climate modelling, and bring them up-to-date on what the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has been doing on high resolution regional climate modelling in support of adaptation. The webinar also provided a brief live demonstration of the most up-to-date Ontario Climate Data Portal.

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