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November 2, 2023 (OTTAWA) – Climate Proof Canada is calling on the federal government to provide key funding for its National Adaptation Strategy to help defend Canadians from the increasing risk of more frequent and severe climate perils such as wildfires, floods and extreme heat.
Today in Ottawa, 75 members and supporters of the Climate Proof Canada Coalition met with cabinet ministers and key members of opposition parties. They delivered climate adaptation recommendations and showed strong support for including funding for the National Adaptation Strategy in the upcoming Fall Economic Statement and Budget 2024.
To drive rapid, tangible progress in the first five years of the National Adaptation Strategy, the coalition recommends that the government fund four key areas:
Members of the coalition met with Honourable Members of Parliament Steven Guilbeault, Patty Hajdu, Dan Vandal, and Harjit Sajjan, as well as Conservative Shadow Critic for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Scott Aitchison, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to discuss funding recommendations for urgent areas of climate-related risk.
“We all have a responsibility to help defend against climate-related disasters. Today we convened mayors, indigenous leaders, senior executives, and heads of organizations to demonstrate that adapting to climate change is an economic imperative,” said Jason Clark, Chair, Climate Proof Canada. “To deliver on the promise of our world-leading National Adaptation Strategy – and to better protect Canadians from climate-related threats and harm – requires government to invest at least $5.3 billion annually in the National Adaptation Strategy over the next six years.”
In collaboration with government policymakers, Climate Proof Canada’s members developed recommendations to guide federal investment. These recommendations will enable Canada to become more climate resilient, and its communities and economy to be better protected. An overview of the recommendations is available here and the full Climate Proof Canada report is available here.
Climate Proof Canada’s recommendations include the following.
This year was Canada’s most extreme wildfire season ever recorded. There were 6,569 wildfires and 18.5 million hectares were burned, and 155,856 residents were evacuated from their homes. Canada needs to take action now.
“The choices we make now will determine how prepared Canada will be to cope with the threats we face in the next few years and beyond,” says Clark. “Funding the National Adaptation Strategy will save lives, it will help ensure that our country’s economy is not adversely affected by the disruption caused by severe weather events, and it will reduce the likelihood that taxpayers will be forced to cover the costs of uninsured damages.”
About Climate Proof Canada
Climate Proof Canada is a national coalition of Canadian business representatives, disaster relief organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations, environmental NGOs and think tanks that believe Canada must prepare for the present and growing effects of climate change by building a more disaster-resilient country. For more information, visit Climate Proof Canada.
Climate Proof Canada Coalition Members
Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Insurance Brokers’ Association of Canada Insurance Bureau of Canada Intact Financial Corporation
Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation
Sun Life Financial
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative
INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS Assembly of First Nations Métis National Council
DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
Canadian Red Cross
Civil Protection Youth Canada
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Forest Products Association of Canada
Surrey Board of Trade
PROVINCIAL ORGANIZATIONS Conservation Ontario Ecology Action Centre
ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Canadian Cattle Association
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Passive House Canada
Smart Prosperity Institute
The Pembina Institute
For more information or to arrange an interview with a Climate Proof Canada expert, please email Climate Proof Canada Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.