The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD) leads the development of collaborative, national and sectoral science assessments that present the latest knowledge on climate change impacts and adaptation for Canadians.

These assessments are scientific reports that assess, critically analyze and synthesize the growing knowledge base on the issue. Working with subject matter experts in government, universities and non-government organizations, CCIAD produces science assessments that are current, relevant and accessible sources of information, to help inform planning of policies, program and actions.

Completed Assessment Reports

Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation is an update to the 2008 report, From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate. The report assesses literature published since 2007 on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in Canada.  It includes chapters on natural resources, food production, industry, biodiversity and protected areas, human health, and water and transportation infrastructure.


From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate (2008) assesses risks and opportunities presented by climate change, and actions being taken to address them, from a regional perspective.


cover_e_ Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Perspective (2004) takes a sectoral approach in summarizing understanding of climate change impacts and adaptation issues.


Assessment Reports in Development

Coastal Assessment

This assessment of climate change sensitivity, risks, impacts and adaptation along Canada’s marine coasts will focus on ecosystems, human communities and infrastructure. The report will be an important resource to inform regional and national decision-making on coastal planning, management and the development of climate change adaptation strategies.

Transportation Assessment

This assessment will address climate change risks, opportunities and adaptation practices for the Canadian transportation sector. Co-led by Transport Canada’s Environmental Policy Directorate, this assessment will provide an up-to-date, accessible source of information to inform transportation decision-making and policy development,as well as economic sectors reliant upon transportation systems.