Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (2017-2018)

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.

The 2017-2018 Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative will serve to further assess climate risks in Ontario and build capacity for Ontarians to adapt to climate change. The program will focus on building regional partnerships to assess and manage climate risks; and continue to expand 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.

RAC (2017-2018) Products


  • An Introduction to Canada’s Adaptation Platform - Equipping Canadians for a Changing Climate
      Presenter: Natural Resources Canada
      When: October 12, 2017, 1:30pm-2:45pm EDT

      This webinar will provide an overview of Canada’s climate change Adaptation Platform, chaired by Natural Resources Canada, which facilitates collaboration among a wide range of members towards increasing the resilience of industry and communities to a changing climate. The presentation will also discuss one key initiative that is Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, a series of authoritative science and information products about Canada’s changing climate, its impacts, and how we are adapting to support sound adaptation decisions and actions.

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  • 20 Ways to Stop the Rain: Celebrating Local Leadership
      Presenter: Sophie Guilbault, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)
      When: November 9, 2017, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

      Communities large and small across Canada are now taking action to reduce the risk of basement flooding and damage to property from sewer backup. The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) wrote a book titled Cities adapt to extreme rainfall: Celebrating local leadership that presents 20 of the many successful local projects underway in communities that are adapting to better address the risks associated with extreme rainfall. During this webinar, Sophie Guilbault will review some of the case studies presented in the report as well as lessons learned.

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  • Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Ontario’s Electrical Transmission Sector
  • Creating Adaptive Policies
      Presenter: Darren Swanson (Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a consultant to the United Nations Development Group, and director of Novel Futures Corporation)
      When: January 30, 2018, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

      This webinar gives an overview of the seven principles for creating adaptive policies and presents example applications of the ADAPTool to climate change adaptation policies in four Canadian provinces.

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  • Applying Sustainability Indicators to Measure Progress on Adaptation
      Presenter: Kevin Behan (Clean Air Partnership) and Ewa Jackson (ICLEI Canada)
      When: March 6, 2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

      This webinar presented information on process and outcome-based indicators used to measure sustainability in four sectors: coastal management, flood management, infrastructure, and health. This webinar also presented information on a review of the selection and use of indicators to measure progress and effectiveness of climate change adaptation in selected OECD countries that also identify lessons for measurement of adaptation in Canada.

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  • Reports

  • Evaluating the Use and Uptake of Adaptation Resources in Ontario: Stakeholder Perspectives
      This report presents the findings of an evaluation of adaptation initiatives undertaken by stakeholders in Ontario with a focus on the use and implementation of adaptation tools and resources.

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