Tools and Resources

Throughout the three phases of the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative has undertaken different activities to advance climate change adaptation decision-making in relevant policy areas and encourage appropriate adaptation responses to current and foreseen climate change. Research activities are built on shared themes and a similarity of expected climate change impacts and vulnerabilities across the three Prairie Provinces.



Natural Resources Canada:  NRCan facilitates regional adaptation planning, decision-making and action through the Regional Adaptation Collaboratives (RACs) initiative which is a cost-shared, federal program. Working with regional organizations in six regions across Canada, the initiative helps communities prepare for and adapt to local impacts posed by our changing climate, such as: decreasing fresh water supplies; increasing droughts, floods and coastal erosion; and changing forestry, fisheries and agricultural resources. 


Government of Canada Resources

Adaptation Platform
Established in 2012, Canada’s climate change Adaptation Platform is a national forum that brings together key groups in Canada to collaborate on climate change adaptation priorities.  Members include representatives from federal, provincial, and territorial governments, industry, communities, academics, and Indigenous, professional, and not-for-profit organizations.

Adaptation Library: The Adaptation Library is a publicly accessible and searchable collection of community, forestry, and energy related adaptation products. The goal of the Library is to connect community and industry users with relevant information related to climate change adaptation in Canada and abroad.

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
The pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change is the federal government's plan – developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples – to meet its emissions reduction target and grow the economy. The plan includes a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution, and measures to achieve reductions across all sectors of the economy. It also aims to drive innovation and growth – increase technology development and adoption to ensure Canadian businesses are competitive in the global low-carbon economy.

Working Group on Adaptation and Climate Resilience
In response to the development of the pan-Canadian Framework, the Working Group on Adaptation and Climate Resilience has developed a report outlining a number of options that can build climate resilience in Canada. In order to deliver on these options, the Working Group has identified four key requirements: a Canada-wide commitment to action, authentic and sustained Indigenous engagement, sustained funding to enable long-term planning and action, and strong governance through formalized collaboration.

Completed Assessment Reports

Climate Risks & Adaptation Practices for the Canadian Transportation Sector 2016 (co-led by Transport Canada) presents the current state of knowledge about climate risks to the Canadian transportation sector, and identifies existing or potential adaptation practices. The report includes six regional chapters and one urban chapter which reflect the different climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and opportunities across Canada..

Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation is an update to the 2008 report, From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate. The report assesses literature published since 2007 on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in Canada.  It includes chapters on natural resources, food production, industry, biodiversity and protected areas, human health, and water and transportation infrastructure.

From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate (2008) assesses risks and opportunities presented by climate change, and actions being taken to address them, from a regional perspective.


Tools and Guidance - Adaptation Planning

The Adaptation Platform facilitates the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and tools needed to plan and implement practical adaptation measures that increase the climate resilience of Canadian communities and industry. Relevant tools and guidance for adaptation planning can be found here.