Climate change and adaptation

As COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help all Canadians, including rural Canadians, no matter where they live.

Climate change is having a profound effect on rural communities, especially those in the North. Longer growing seasons, changing habitats, new invasive species, increasingly unpredictable weather, melting permafrost and coastal erosion are changing the Canada we know and the ways Canadians have traditionally lived.

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples, this is the Government of Canada's plan to meet Canada's emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience to a changing climate. The plan includes a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution as well as measures to achieve reductions across all sectors of the economy.

Check out the Government of Canada's plan to meet Canada's emissions reduction targets, grow the economy and build resilience to a changing climate for more information on the program and its progress.

The Investing in Canada Plan

The Investing in Canada Plan has made over $26.9 billion available for green infrastructure investments, of which $9.2 billion is directed to green initiatives such as cleaner energy generation, cleaner transportation and other initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support climate change adaptation and resilience. For example, since the launch of the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program, over $111.3 million has been invested in 81 community-led projects to reduce reliance on diesel and other fossil fuels for heat and power in Canada’s rural and remote communities.

Visit the Investing in Canada Plan web page for more information on the program and its progress.

Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund

Included in the Investing in Canada Plan is the $3.375 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, which is helping communities address risks related to recurring disasters by building new or modifying and upgrading existing infrastructure. To better reflect rural realities,  $670 million of the total funding has been allocated to the small-scale project stream for projects with total eligible costs between $1 million and $20 million, and a minimum of $138 million is allocated to Indigenous recipients.

Visit the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund web page for more information on the program and its progress.

Climate resilient buildings and core public infrastructure

Infrastructure codes and standards are being updated to integrate resilience into building codes and standards through the Climate Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Initiative and the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative.

Visit the Climate Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Initiative web page for more information on the program and its progress.

Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

The Green Municipal Fund, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges. These projects improve air, water and land quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate economic and social benefits to local communities. The fund's newest initiatives are the Community Efficiency Financing and the Sustainable Affordable Housing programs.

Visit the Green Municipal Fund web page for more information on the program and its progress.

Canadian Centre for Climate Services

Through the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, the Government of Canada is working to understand the climate data needs of rural communities to build resilience to the changing climate. This will include finding better ways to engage rural communities on climate data, better identifying their climate data needs, and encouraging them to integrate climate change data into their planning processes.

Visit the Canadian Centre for Climate Services web page for more information on the program and its progress.