About the Collaboratives

Targeted, local, sustainable action

The RACs are addressing regional climate change issues by targeting local and sustainable adaptation planning and decision-making.

Broad-based collaboration is key with Natural Resources Canada's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division working with partners in provincial, territorial, and local governments, industry, business, academia, and Aboriginal and non-governmental organizations.

There are six RACs established across Canada’s diverse regions, British Columbia, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic and Northern Canada.

The Six RACs and their Focus Areas

Preparing for Climate Change: Securing British Columbia’s Water Future

  • Water Allocation and Use
  • Forest and Fisheries Management
  • Flood Protection
  • Community Adaptation

Prairie Regional Adaptation Collaborative

  • Water Supply and Demand
  • Drought and Flood Planning
  • Forest and Grassland Ecosystems

Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative

  • Extreme Weather Risk Management
  • Water Management
  • Community Development Planning

Regional Adaptation Collaborative – Quebec

  • Built Environment and Infrastructure
  • Water Management
  • Forestry, Agriculture and Tourism Sectors

Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

  • Community Planning for Flood and Coastal Areas
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Enhancing Capacity of Practitioners

Northern Regional Adaptation Collaborative

  • Vulnerability Assessment of Nunavut's Mining Sector to Climate Change
  • Documentation of Good Practices for Northern Exploration and Mining

The RACs will develop knowledge, tools and networks to support practitioners and decision-makers in addressing climate change issues now and in the future. Some examples of the RACs’ actions underway include:

  • develop and update plans for water resource, drought and flood protection, emergency preparedness;
  • assess and map coastal erosion vulnerability;
  • recommend updates to building codes, standards, regulations and by-laws, as well as design standards for transportation and water infrastructure;
  • prepare case studies, highlighting region-specific adaptation knowledge;
  • develop tools for community and resource planning, and establish “Communities of Practice” to share knowledge and best practices.

Results, reports and networking opportunities will be posted as they become available.