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Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Despite our efforts to reduce carbon pollution, we need to ensure Vancouver is prepared for the impacts of a changing global climate.

What is climate change adaptation?

Adapting to climate change means understanding what climate we are likely to experience in the future, and creating proactive plans for how to take advantage of opportunities and avoid and prepare for impacts. This is different than mitigation, which refers to our efforts to limit climate change by reducing greenhouse gases.

What we're doing to prepare for climate change

In 2012, Council adopted the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to ensure a vibrant, liveable and resilient city in the face of climate change. The strategy is on a five year cycle and will be updated in 2017.

The strategy recommends nine primary actions and over 50 supporting actions to prepare our services, streets, sewers, buildings, parks, green spaces, and broader community for the impacts of climate change.

Future changes to our climate and environment

Climate science from Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria was used to understand the anticipated impacts of climate change in our city. Learn about these local changes in climate and what you can do to prepare.


Regional climate predictions expect twice as many summer days above 25°C in the 2050s than today.

What we're expecting

Increasing number of days over 25°C

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Rain and snow

We expect an increased frequency and intensity of extreme rain events.

What we're expecting

Amount of rain on very wet and extremely wet days attributed to climate change.

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Changes in temperature, rain, and sea levels may alter where plants and animals can thrive. This could also lengthen our crop growing season.

What we're expecting

Increase in the length of the growing season.
Increase in warm days that support plant growth.
Increase in consecutive dry days in summer

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Climate change could mean warmer homes, and lower winter heating costs.

What we're expecting

Reduction in home heating needs.

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Sea level rise

Vancouver's sea levels are expected to rise 1 meter within the next 100 years.

What we're expecting

Map of sea levels, 2016 and 2100, if no adaptation measures are implemented

Sea level image showing 2016 conditions Projected sea level rise during extreme storm in 2100

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Strategy background

Get background information

What we're doing to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into operations.

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