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.
The Sponsor: Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS)
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?
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A two-day workshop, guided by the Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks, was held from October 22 to 23, in Montréal. Workshop participants drew on their broad range of scientific expertise to explore and identify the top risks to Canada posed by climate change. Questions posed during the workshop elicited participants’ knowledge and insights about climate change risks, climate risk adaptation, and related roles and responsibilities of the federal government.
The Panel will meet via teleconference in November to further develop the report content. The report is expected to be released in 2019.