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Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform

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Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform brings together key groups from twelve federal government departments, all the Provincial and Territorial governments, and national organizations and associations to collaborate on adaptation priorities.

This catalyzes engagement, and improves communication, experience sharing, collaboration, knowledge generation, inspiration and innovation.

The result is four distinct outputs: targeted sector assessments; tailored decision-support tools; best practices and guidelines; and, economic analyses.

These outputs collectively lead to a common understanding of issues, barriers, and solutions, as well as increased awareness, capacity, competitiveness and action.

In turn, these outcomes feed back into the adaptation platform.

What is the Adaptation Platform?

Established in 2012, Canada’s climate change Adaptation Platform is a national forum that brings together key groups in Canada to collaborate on climate change adaptation priorities.  Members include representatives from federal, provincial, and territorial governments, industry, communities, academics, and Indigenous, professional, and not-for-profit organizations.

A changing climate presents a wide range of risks and opportunities that cut across regions, sectors and disciplines. Our economy, infrastructure, health and social well-being are already being impacted, and these impacts will continue in the future. Adapting to these impacts requires collaborative action to reduce vulnerability, manage risks, and prepare for potential opportunities.

The Adaptation Platform aims to create an enabling environment for adaptation, where decision-makers in regions and industry are equipped with the tools and information they need to adapt to a changing climate.

How does the Adaptation Platform operate?

The Adaptation Platform includes Plenary (the governance body), a series of subject-matter specific Working Groups and a Secretariat.

Plenary is the coordinating forum for the Adaptation Platform. Plenary members are senior-level representatives who meet twice a year to help define priority areas for Working Group efforts, to align interests and resources, and to identify emerging opportunities for adaptation. Plenary members contribute information, knowledge, expertise and resources. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) chairs the Plenary and is supported by a Vice-chair that changes annually.

Working Groups bring together experts on specific issues or sectors. Participants collaborate to define, and then work towards achieving, their climate change adaptation objectives. Members of the working group may contribute by providing funding, expertise and information from their organizations; writing and reviewing documents; acting as advisory committee members on projects, or hosting meetings. Working groups meet primarily by teleconference, and carry out most of their work using the online workspace.

Activities under the Platform are carried out by the member organizations as well as through calls for proposals. Funding is determined based on the priorities and mandate of the funder, which could include any of the Platform member organizations.

The Secretariat for the Platform is provided by NRCan and supports the activities of Plenary and Working Groups, facilitates member collaboration through a virtual workspace, and promotes knowledge dissemination through, for example, regular newsletters, and webinars (see below).

Regional Initiatives

Read about the Regional Adaptation Collaboratives (RACs) initiative.

Working Groups, Projects and Products

The hubs of activity for the Adaptation Platform’s Working Groups are at the project level. Information on the various working groups, along with their projects and results are available on the Working Groups, Projects and Products page.

Webinars and Newsletters

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The Adaptation Platform hosts a popular webinar series to share emerging knowledge on climate change impacts and adaptation across Canadian regions and sectors.

Upcoming Webinars

Exploring opportunities for international export of adaptation technology, goods and services

1. International Markets for Canadian Adaptation Goods and Services

  • Robyn Troop, Senior Consultant / Chris Webber, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte
  • Jimena Eyzaguirre, International Team Director and Climate Change Adaptation Lead, ESSA Technologies

2. International Market Opportunities: the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

  • Diana Cartwright, Policy Analyst, NRCan (National Designated Entity, CTCN, Canada)

Want to watch a past Adaptation Platform webinar or looking for presentation slides?
View video-recordings and download handouts (



The Platform also publishes regular newsletters on advances regarding climate change adaptation in Canada.

Stay on top of what`s new, SUBSCRIBE to newsletter and webinar announcements.

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