The Government of Canada announced an investment of $59.6 million over five years to amplify and expedite research initiatives that will help ensure communities have the knowledge and guidance – including codes, standards, guidelines, and tools – needed to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

This investment will build upon the current work funded by Infrastructure Canada to support the NRC-led Climate Resilient Built Environment (CRBE) initiative and the SCC-led Standards to Support Resilience in Infrastructure Program (SSRIP).

“The safety and well-being of Canadians are priorities for our government as we already feel the impacts of climate change. This investment will support the important work being done that will help us ensure that Canada’s new and existing buildings and infrastructure are more resilient, reducing disaster risks and protecting communities across the country,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

The CRBE initiative provides knowledge to adapt our public infrastructure where necessary, informs potential changes to building and infrastructure codes and standards, and creates guides, tools, and technical solutions to support resilience to climate change. This initiative will continue to support resilience across the construction sector, from design and decision-making to construction, operation, maintenance, and retrofit.

The SSRIP initiative delivers standards and related guidance that address priority areas such as heat, flooding, nature-based solutions, and transportation system resilience. The program is working with communities and beneficiaries to ensure that projects promote a consistent approach to climate change adaptation, increase resilience, and support informed decision-making for infrastructure and buildings across Canada.

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“Research plays a fundamental role in how we design, build and maintain our infrastructure, buildings and homes to withstand the effects of climate change. Today’s investment continues to support the National Research Council of Canada’s work with collaborators across the country to build a climate resilient Canada through science and innovation,” said Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council of Canada.

The federal government is investing $59.6 million through the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) and Government of Canada’s Adaptation Action Plan (GOCAAP) over five years. This includes $12.1 million to Infrastructure Canada (INFC), $30.1 million to the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and $17.4 million for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

“Climate risks can be reduced or avoided by making sure communities are designed to standards that address climate change. Using standards, decision-makers and professionals can better plan, construct, and maintain climate-resilient, nature-positive, and sustainable cities. Working with experts across Canada, we are ensuring they have the tools they need to adapt communities,” said Chantal Guay, CEO, Standards Council of Canada

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