Summary of Let’s Talk Adaptation website consultation options

There are five broad categories that the Federal Government is looking for feedback on as part of the public engagement portion for creating the National Adaptation Strategy, each with a stated goal and objectives.  

The deadline to submit feedback is July 15.

Natural Environment 

 

Proposed 2050 goal:  

Biodiversity loss has been halted and reversed and nature has fully recovered allowing for natural and human adaptation, where ecosystems and communities are thriving together in a changing climate, with human systems existing in close connection with natural systems. (source) 

Objectives:  

  • Objective 1: Halting and Reversing Biodiversity loss 
  • Objective 2: Governance systems 
  • Objective 3: Self-determination 
  • Objective 4: Nature-based solutions 
  • Objective 5: Conservation and restoration 
  • Objective 6: State of ecosystems 

Questions to guide thinking on the topic: 

  • How has climate change affected your access to nature? How has this impacted your mental well-being and sense of self? 
  • What information or tools would help your community or sector adopt nature-based solutions or leverage the power of nature? 
  • Can you share examples of expansive and inclusive decision-making? 

Disaster Resilience and Security 

 

Proposed 2050 goal: 

Communities and all people living in Canada are better enabled to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the hazards, risks and consequences of disasters linked to the changing climate; the well-being and livelihoods of people living in Canada are better protected; and overall disaster risks have been reduced, particularly for vulnerable sectors, regions, and populations at greater risk. source 

Objectives:  

  • Objective 1: Collecting and Using Information to Make Better Emergency Management Decisions 
  • Objective 2: Communicating Climate-Related Disaster Risks and Strategies to Mitigate Them 
  • Objective 3: Coordinating Emergency Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Investments amongst Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations 
  • Objective 4: Improving Individuals’ Capacity to Respond to Climate-Related Threats 
  • Objective 5: Integrated and Inclusive Emergency Management Planning 
  • Objective 6: Expanding Emergency Mitigation and Prevention Programming 
  • Objective 7: Reducing the Number of Canadians Exposed to Climate Related Hazards 
  • Objective 8: Rebuilding and Restoring Livelihoods After a Disaster 

Questions to guide thinking on the topic: 

  • What are the most urgent priorities in your community for disaster resiliency? 
  • How can we improve recovery efforts to help Canadians that experience a climate disaster? 
  • What are examples of key capacities in your community that are currently helping or would help with preparedness? 

 

Health and Wellbeing 

 

Proposed 2050 goal: 

The health of all people in Canada is supported by a climate-resilient and adaptive health sector that has robust and agile systems and services that account for and support the diverse components of well-being. source 

Objectives: 

  • Objective 1: Healthcare and public health systems capacity 
  • Objective 2: Equitable access to adaptation measures 
  • Objective 3: Health and socio-economic data 
  • Objective 4: Health and climate change considerations 

Questions to guide thinking on the topic: 

  • Has your health been impacted by climate related events? In what way? 
  • What are the top climate related health impacts (e.g. heat stroke, mental well-being) that should be prioritized for action? Why? 

 

Resilient Natural and Built Infrastructure 

 

Proposed 2050 goal: 

All infrastructure systems in Canada are climate-resilient and undergo continuous adaptation to adjust for future impacts, to deliver reliable, equitable, and sustainable services to all of society. source 

Objectives:  

  • Objective 1: Technical 
  • Objective 2: Financial 
  • Objective 3: Policy and legal 
  • Objective 4: Socio-economic 

Questions to guide thinking on the topic: 

  • Do the Transformational Goal and Medium-term Objectives resonate with you? Why or why not? 
  • Do the Transformational Goal and Medium-term Objective capture what you think we should be trying to achieve? 
  • Are we missing any key elements for action? 
  • What steps are you taking in your community, organization or sector to prepare for climate change and build resilience? 

 

Strong and Resilient Economy 

 

Proposed 2050 Goal: 

Canada’s economy is structured to anticipate, manage, and respond to climate change impacts; and to advance actively new and inclusive opportunities within a changing climate, particularly for communities at great risk, Indigenous peoples, and vulnerable economic sectors. 

Objectives: 

  • Objective 1: Business case for adaptation 
  • Objective 2: Implementing the right incentives 
  • Objective 3: A skilled, diverse, and adaptable workforce 
  • Objective 4: Investing through leadership and collaboration 

Questions to guide thinking on the topic: 

  • How is climate change currently impacting your sector? 
  • How do you expect climate change to impact your economic future (e.g., job stability, earning potential, etc.)? 
  • Does your community or sector have access to financial resources to adapt to and prepare for a changing climate?