Adaptive capacity refers to the capabilities of a region, community or group to implement effective adaptation actions. In Canada this capacity is generally high, owing to high levels of education, access to technology, and strong and effective institutions. As a result, Canada is well positioned to take action on adapting to climate change. However, there are significant differences in the ability to adapt among different sub-regions and population groups, resulting in differing vulnerabilities to climate change.
Adaptive capacity in Canada
"Resource-dependent and Aboriginal communities are particularly vulnerable to climate changes. This vulnerability is magnified in the Arctic."
- From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007 -