These tools support adaptation analysis, planning and implementation in relation to communities.
The tools were supported or created by the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD), Natu-ral Resources Canada. They are made available here in the language of the author, and do not constitute an en-dorsement of content or recommendations.
Adaptation capacity building for local public management and land use planning in Nunavik
(PDF, 3.39 MB, 82 pages) (2013) (French Only)
This project aims to raise awareness and inform Nunavik municipalities on the impact of permafrost thawing. It also provides the various municipal actors with knowledge and tools to improve land use management and to build local adaptation capacity.
Parking lot development that limits urban heat islands
(PDF, 7.51 MB,104 pages) (2013) (French Only)
This guide, produced by the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec, is a tool to help landscape architects, developers and urban planners design parking lots and manage runoff that limits urban heat islands.
Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia
(PDF, 5.63 MB, 110 pages) (2012)
This guidebook identifies tools for local governments to build adaptive capacity and implement adaptation strategies. The tools presented may be applied in other regions and cover subjects such as: land use planning, infrastructure, transportation systems, community services, financial planning and emergency management.
Homeowners’ Handbooks to Disaster-Resilient Homes
These handbooks, produced by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, provide homeowners with steps they can take to protect their homes from climate change induced hazards. They also each provide a worksheet for homeowners to conduct simple hazard assessments.
- Wildfire (PDF, 3.35 MB, 16 pages) (2011)
- Basement Flooding (PDF, 3.53 MB, 16 pages) (2011)
- Severe Wind (PDF, 5.36 MB,16 pages) (2012)
- Snow & Ice Storms (PDF, 5.5 MB, 16 pages) (2012)
The handbooks are complemented by The Home Builder’s Guide (PDF 4.0 MB) which specifies technical guidelines for the construction and design of resilient homes.
Rethinking our Water Ways: A Guide to Water and Watershed Planning for B.C. Communities in the Face Of Climate Change and Other Challenges
This guide, prepared by the Fraser Basin Council, was developed for local governments and community stakeholders in B.C., with lessons learned transferable to other regions. It describes water and watershed planning, including the integration of climate change considerations into managing water supply and demand, and storm-water management plans.
Climate Change Adaptation Planning: A Handbook for Small Canadian Communities
(PDF, 8.18 MB, 59 pages) (2011)
This handbook, prepared for the Canadian Institute of Planners, guides the preparation and implementation of a climate change adaptation plan to enable communities to deal with the impacts, risks and opportunities posed by a changing climate. The 6-step process includes public engagement, risk assessment, policy-making, and monitoring.
Urban Forests: A Climate Adaptation Guide
(PDF, 1.47 MB, 55 pages) (2010)
This guide, produced by the Province of British Columbia (B.C.), provides information on how urban forests can be utilized to help manage climate change impacts. It discusses adaptation measures to increase the resiliency of urban forests in future climates. Although written for B.C. communities, the information may be relevant to other regions.