Prioritizing Climate Change Risks

The Treasury Board Secretariat, has asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government.

Progress Report

The Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks held its second panel meeting September 10 to 11, in Ottawa. Panel members determined the general approach for assessing and prioritizing climate risks for Canada, in preparation for the upcoming workshop. Over the coming weeks, the Panel will continue to guide CCA staff in the final planning for the workshop, which will take place October 22 to 23 in Montréal.

The Question

What are the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance, and which have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures?

Background

Climate change is a complex, cross-cutting issue that poses risks to environmental, social, and economic systems. Given the scale of climate change ― in terms of cost, consequences, and the pervasiveness of its impact ― an effective response and the efficient use of public resources require identifying and addressing the most significant risks. This assessment will examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance. The assessment will also consider which of these risks have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures.

Expert Panel

The Chair of the Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks is Dr. L. John Leggat, FCAE, Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology, at the Department of National Defence. For a complete list of panel members, visit the Expert Panel page.

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