Climate Change

# Name Date Added Description Category Type Mitigation Adaption Resilience Risk Assessment Urban Rural Municipal Provincial Federal Others
1 Green Development Standards Toolkit 10-Sep-22 This toolkit was created to support municipal staff across many different departments who deal with planning, development, sustainability, and transportation projects. It has also been created for decision makers, researchers, NGOs, and community groups who work on sustainability and planning. Development  Policy / Strategy             Y      
2 LEED Framework 10-Sep-22 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an approach that helps all building types lower carbon emissions, conserve resources, and reduce operating costs by prioritizing sustainable practices. Development  Project Tools Y Y Y   Y Y       Y
3 RPWCO Climate Resilience Framework for Municipal Infrastructure and Systems 10-Sep-22 This roadmap is an Ontario-focused approach for municipalities to address climate risks on infrastructure and systems by building off existing best practices.  Engineering Project Tools   Y Y   Y Y Y      
4 Ontario Provincial Standards for Roads and Public Works (OPSS) 10-Sep-22 A comprehensive set of Standards maintained by the MTO and MEA for the use by road and public works owners, contractors, and consultants in Ontario Engineering Guideline / Standards         Y   Y      
5 Canada Green Building Council's (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard 10-Sep-22 A made-in-Canada framework that makes carbon the new measure of building innovation and it is an n important tool supporting the green building sector’s efforts to decarbonize Canada’s buildings. Energy Guideline / Standards Y       Y Y       Y
6 Climate Change Len 10-Sep-22 The climate lens is an emerging tool to operationalize climate considerations within municipal operations normalize City planning and actions, strengthening efforts to adopt proactive climate solutions. Corporation Policy / Strategy Y Y Y   Y Y Y      
7 Infrastructure Canada's Climate Lens - General Guidance 11-Oct-22 The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to project proponents or applicants who may need to undertake a Climate Lens assessment. Corporation Policy / Strategy Y Y Y   Y Y     Y  
8 PIEVC 15-Feb-22 PIEVC HLSG assessments result in the characterization and ranking of climate risk scenarios and the identification of those scenarios of highest priority for adaptation planning or more comprehensive analysis Engineering Project Tools     Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
9 Envision 10-Sep-22 Envision provides a consistent, consensus-based framework for assessing sustainability, resiliency, and equity in civil infrastructure.  The framework provides a flexible system of criteria and performance objectives to aid decision makers and help project teams identify sustainable, resilient, and equitable approaches during the planning, design, and construction that will continue throughout the project’s operations, maintenance, and end-of-life phases. Development /Corporation/Engineering Project Tools       Y            
10 Climate Change and Asset Management - A Sustainable Service Delivery Primer 15-Feb-22 This primer has been written for staff of local governments. It introduces an approach for integrating climate change considerations throughout the asset management process. It provides an overview of the following topics: •  Key concepts •  Why integrate climate change response with asset management •  How to integrate climate change response throughout the AM process This primer is a companion document to Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery, A BC Framework (the Framework) and builds on concepts from the Framework.  Engineering Guideline / Standards   Y Y   Y Y Y      
11 Advancing the Climate Resilience of Canadian Infrastructure: A review of literature to inform the way forward IISD  REPOR 15-Feb-22 It reviews  the current literature on climate change hazards,  impacts,  and adaptation options for six  types of built infrastructure across Canada and looks at  the complementary role of natural infrastructure solutions in building climate resiliency. The report examines existing policies,  guides,  standards, codes,  and financing programs at  the federal level in Canada  that inform and incentivize climate-resilient infrastructure,  both built and natural. International examples of policies,  principles,  and  tools  that can inform Canada’s efforts are highlighted. The paper concludes by drawing attention to  the need for greater action in areas such as increasing  the availability of assessment and planning  tools,  deepening knowledge of resilience-building approaches,  enhancing monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure, diversifying sources of finance,  and facilitating  the integration of built and natural infrastructure solutions. Engineering Guideline / Standards   Y Y   Y Y Y      
12 Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices for Professionals – Final Report 15-Feb-22 Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) is the strategic integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Strategically aligning climate adaptation and emissions reduction can enhance the effectiveness of both strategies, avoid risks, and generate economic, ecological, and social benefits. Engineering Policy / Strategy Y Y                
13 FCM's Guide for Integrating Climate Change Considerations into Municipal Asset Management 15-Feb-22 The guide is focused on integration of climate change within infrastructure levels of service and/or risk management frameworks, because these are the components of asset management most directly impacted by climate change. There are also important implications for costs of service and financial planning over asset lifecycles. Engineering Guideline / Standards   Y     Y Y Y Y    
14 Climate Data Canada 15-Feb-22 is a climate data portal produced collaboratively by the country’s leading climate organizations and supported, in part, by the Government of Canada. The goal of this portal is to support decision makers across a broad spectrum of sectors and locations by providing the most up to date climate data in easy to use formats and visualizations. Engineering Data / Project Tools Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
15 Climate Atlas 15-Feb-22 The Climate Atlas of Canada was launched in April 2018, and quickly became a go-to resource for Canadians seeking information about climate change and its national, regional, and local impacts. Engineering Data / Project Tools Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
7-Mar-22 This guidebook is meant to address some of the main challenges practitioners of adaptation to climate change often face in using climate information. The main goals are to increase their capacity to better understand climate information, to better evaluate their own climate information needs, and to become more critical of the information that is provided to them. Engineering Guideline / Standards   Y Y Y Y Y Y     Y
17 Standards Council of Canada (SCC) - Prioritization of flood risk in existing communities (CSA W210:21) 7-Mar-22 The purpose of this Standard is to provide voluntary guidance on a flood hazard and vulnerability screening framework. The purpose of the screening is to support the process of prioritizing flood risk areas within an existing (previously developed) community comprised of residential and mixed uses. This Standard provides a transparent, evidence-based, and defensible framework that supports resource allocation decisions regarding flood risk-reduction at the community level. Engineering Guideline / Standards Y Y   Y Y Y       Y
18 Standards Council of Canada (SCC) - Management standard for stormwater systems (CSA W211:21) 7-Mar-22 The purpose of this Standard is to provide requirements and recommendations for management of stormwater systems. It defines a risk-based process for decision makers responsible for the operation, maintenance, and management of stormwater systems. Engineering Guideline / Standards Y Y   Y Y Y        
19 Standards Council of Canada (SCC) - Fire resilient planning for northern communities (CSA S504:19) 11-Oct-22 This Standard applies to the external vulnerabilities of structures to wildfire within the interface zone areas in northern communities. Engineering Guideline / Standards     Y     Y       Y
20 Standards Council of Canada (SCC) - Planning, design, operation, and maintenance of wastewater treatment in northern communities using lagoon and wetland systems (CSA W203:19) 11-Oct-22 This Standard specifically addresses the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of intermittent/seasonal discharge lagoon and wetland systems that are most appropriate for use in Northern regions, where effluent discharge is either difficult or not possible in colder months. Engineering Guideline / Standards                   Y
21 Standards Council of Canada (SCC) - Developing an Efficient and Cost-Effective Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Reduction Program 11-Oct-22 It discusses methods that can be applied for efficient, effective programs designed to address I/I in existing sewer systems. Engineering Guideline / Standards     Y   Y Y       Y
22 Standards Council of Canada (SCC) - Reducing the Risk of Inflow and Infiltration in New Sewer Construction 11-Oct-22 It compiles methods that can be applied when sewers are first constructed to limit the risk of leakage. Every year across Canada, billions of litres of clean rain and groundwater leaks or flows into sanitary sewers and on to sewage treatment plants. This entry of excess water into sewers -- referred to as Inflow/Infiltration (I/I) – shortens the lifespan of pipes, takes up capacity in the sewage network, and drives up costs for governments and taxpayers. Recent research in Ontario suggests that excessive I/I occurs even in new sewer systems which, if built properly, should be essentially leak-free. Engineering Guideline / Standards     Y   Y Y       Y
23 The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario - Costing climate change impacts and adaptation for provincial and municipal public infrastructure in Ontario 6-Sep-22 The assessment of how changes in extreme rainfall, extreme heat and freeze-thaw cycles impact the public infrastructure costs of provincial and municipal governments in Ontario. Infrastructure Data       Y     Y Y    
24 Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance - The Municipal Role in Climate Policy 14-Sep-22 Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and Urban Policy Lab focuses on the role of Canadian municipalities play in the fight against climate change, and how that role can complement and be supported by other orders of government. Corporation Policy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y      
25 ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) - Guidelines for addressing climate change in standard (ISO GUIDE 84:2020(E)) 11-Oct-22 It provides guidance to standards developers on how to take account of climate change in the planning, drafting, revision and updating of ISO standards and other deliverables. It outlines a framework and general principles that standards developers can use to develop their own  approach to addressing climate change on a subject-specific basis (both for adaptation and mitigation). Corporation Guideline / Standards Y Y Y   Y Y       Y
26 National Research Council Canada - Guidelines on undertaking a comprehensive analysis of benefits, costs and uncertainties of storm drainage and flood control infrastructure in a changing climate 11-Oct-22 These guidelines were developed in recognition of the need to harmonize the assessment of the value of storm drainage and flood control infrastructure initiatives, as represented by the benefits derived from them relative to their costs whilst considering the various uncertainties associated therewith, explicitly including those uncertainties associated with a changing climate. Engineering Guideline / Standards       Y Y Y     Y  
27 NRC BRACE (Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise Program) Resources Library - Adaptation Resources Pathways (ARPs) Website 11-Oct-22 A series of Climate Change Adaptation Resource Pathways (ARPs) designed to help practitioners traverse the vast array of information available on climate change adaptation. The ARPs contain 5 steps—Explore, Learn, Network, Act and Reflect—each providing an expert reviewed curated list of resources and tools to help you navigate along your adaptation journey.  Engineering Project Tools                    
28 NRC BRACE (Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise Program) Resources Library - Climate Change Adaptation Resource Pathway (ARP): Engineering and Built Infrastructure 11-Oct-22 The Climate Change Adaptation Resource Pathway (ARP) for Engineering and Built Infrastructure is an interactive-PDF tool designed to help adaptation practitioners at all levels traverse the vast array of information available on engineering and built infrastructure. This ARP is geared towards all practitioners and decision‑makers who work on climate change adaptation, as it provides foundational information on how to incorporate climate change resilience into infrastructure planning and design. Download the ARP to peruse key terms, FAQs, training opportunities, networks and a selection of key resources and tools. Engineering Project Tools   Y Y   Y Y     Y  
29 The Partners for Climate Protection program (ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability & Federation of Canadian Municipalities) - Integrating equity, diversity and inclusion into municipal climate action 11-Oct-22 Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program has developed the Integrating equity, diversity and inclusion into municipal climate action resource. This introductory resource was created to help your municipality take the first step on their EDI journey. The resource demystifies key concepts, shares case studies and lessons learned, and provides a basic framework for making EDI a core part of your municipality’s everyday climate planning. Corporation Project Tools         Y Y       Y
30 The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices  11-Oct-22 Canada’s leading climate change policy research organization, producing the rigorous analysis and evidence-based recommendations that are needed to advance climate resilience, chart net zero pathways, and drive long-term prosperity. The Institute’s approach to informing and shaping fair and effective climate change policy in Canada is based on connecting directly with governments and other policy leaders.  Corporation Policy / Data Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
31 Canadian Climate Institute - DAMAGE CONTROL: Reducing the costs of climate impacts in Canada 11-Oct-22 It provides a comprehensive assessment to date of how the impacts of accelerating climate change are damaging Canada’s economy, and putting people’s lives, well-being, and prosperity at risk. Corporation Policy / Data Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
32 Canadian Climate Institute - UNDER WATER: The Costs of Climate Change for Canada’s Infrastructure 11-Oct-22 The third report in Canadian Climate Institute's Costs of Climate Change series finds that Canada’s infrastructure decisions aren't accounting for climate change. Corporation Policy / Data       Y Y Y       Y
33 The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) - Resources for local governments 11-Oct-22 The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) is changing the way municipalities deliver everyday services, increasing the quality and resilience of infrastructure at lower costs and reduced risk. The MNAI team provides scientific, economic and municipal expertise to support and guide local governments in identifying, valuing and accounting for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs, and in developing leading-edge, sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure. Corporation Guideline / Project Tools Y Y     Y Y       Y
34 NRC's Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report 11-Oct-22 The National Issues Report focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation issues that are of national importance or that are best understood through an integrated, pan-Canadian perspective.  There is a chapter discusses how Canada’s cities and towns are impacted by climate change, and how they are moving from adaptation planning to action. Corporation Policy / Data   Y   Y Y Y     Y  
35 NRC's Map of Adaptation Actions 11-Oct-22 The Map of Adaptation Actions houses a collection of climate change adaptation examples that may be useful to decision-makers and those taking action on climate change adaptation. Corporation Data / Project Tools   Y Y   Y Y     Y  
36 The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation: Reports and Resources 11-Oct-22 The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) is an applied research centre with a national focus within the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre works with homeowners, communities, governments and businesses to identify, and reduce, the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Corporation Policy / Data Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
37 Clean Air Partnership (CAP) - Reports and Resources 11-Oct-22 Clean Air Partnership (CAP) enable communities to improve air quality, advance active transportation, and take bold climate action with municipal focuses. We convene networks, lead research and knowledge transfer, and catalyze transformative action. Corporation Policy / Strategy Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
38 Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) - Resource Library 11-Oct-22 The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is a multi-agency initiative developed to support broader implementation of sustainable technologies (with Water and Energy focuses) and practices within a Canadian context.   Technologies evaluated under STEP are not limited to physical devices or products; they may also include preventative measures, implementation protocols, alternative urban site designs, and other innovative practices that help create more sustainable and liveable communities. Corporation Policy / Project Tools Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y
39 Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Library 11-Oct-22 FCM advocates for municipalities to be sure their citizens' needs are reflected in federal policies and programs and delivers tools that help municipalities tackle local challenges, including climate change related topics. Corporation Policy / Project Tools Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y