Welcome to the Climate Atlas

The Climate Atlas of Canada combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. It is designed to inspire local, regional, and national action that will let us move from risk to resilience.

Indigenous Knowledges

This new content, co-developed with our partners, shares diverse Indigenous knowledges across diverse territories from coast to coast to coast.

It's Not Climate Change

It's Everything Change

Earth is now warmer than it has been for over 10,000 years.

Human activity is causing greenhouse gases to accumulate in the atmosphere, and the resulting "greenhouse effect" is trapping more and more heat in the air and oceans. Temperatures are rising, and weather extremes risk becoming the “new normal.”

The climate threat is real, but so are exciting possibilities to find new and creative approaches to living together with health and prosperity within the limits of the natural world.

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Indigenous Knowledges and Climate Change

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have respectfully lived with the natural world, and have a deep connection to the land, water, and ecosystems that are central to their cultures, languages, and livelihoods.

Through this intergenerational experience and observation, Indigenous peoples were amongst the first to notice climate change and also have critical knowledges for navigating and adapting to it.

Climate Change

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Four out of five people in Canada live in urban areas, which means the vast majority of Canadians face the growing risks that climate change is bringing to our cities and towns.

In this series of city reports, we offer a summary of projected climate changes for Canada’s major cities, an overview of some important national, regional and local impacts, and ideas and approaches that can be used today to take meaningful climate action across the country.

Cities are a powerful source of resilience and resourcefulness when it comes to taking action on climate change. Learn more about what climate change means where you live.

SPECIAL REPORT ON

Heat Waves and Health

Many Canadians welcome the arrival of hot summer days as respite from our long, cold winters.

But too much heat can be dangerous.

There’s no doubt that with climate change we’re going to see more heat waves. Even temperate coastal cities such as Vancouver are preparing for extreme heat impacts.

This report takes a look at what extreme heat means for the health of Canadians.

Download the report (PDF, 16MB)

Planning for Climate Change

Planners, landscape architects, and other allied professionals play a pivotal role in preparing communities and environments for the lived realities of climate change.

Their forward-thinking approach, commitment to sustainability, and widespread influence put them in an ideal position to address climate risk and build climate resilience.

Explore how the planning professions are taking action on climate change and check out a brand-new guidebook that helps explain how to best make use of the Climate Atlas to understand what climate change means for communities across the country.

 

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Hot summer days may sound like a good thing, but they come with many risks to human health. On top of increased risks of heat stroke and exhaustion, hot temperatures can lead to more forest fires smoke problems, promote the... Learn more
 
From the largest farm to the smallest market garden, agriculture thoroughly depends on climate. Learn more about how crops and livestock will be affected, and how farms and farmers can rise to the challenge of climate change. Learn more
 
The climate determines almost everything about how we design, build, and live in our cities. Now, with our climate changing, we need to re-think important aspects of how we live our urban lives. Learn more
 
Canada’s forests stretch across the country and have enormous economic, cultural, environmental, and recreational value. Find out what climate change means for Canada’s forests and trees. Learn more
 
Global warming is happening because human activity is increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Learn more about the science behind our understanding of the planet’s climate system. Learn more
 
Climate change impacts all of us. Its causes and effects are deeply linked to all aspects of modern life, which means there are many meaningful choices we can make that will help. Learn more