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Climate Change

Climate change continues to bring challenges that municipalities need to face head-on and manage proactively. Ontario is experiencing warming temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, resulting in a variety of environmental, social and economic impacts.

It is the responsibility of municipalities to identify how climate variability/change will manifest itself and how those climate hazards will translate into impacts and risk for the community.

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

The City has initiated the development of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to build community resilience to the risks inherent in climate change. The strategy will follow International ICLEI Canada's  Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) framework, which provides a structured approach to adaptation planning, will identify the potential impacts and risks related to climate change in Barrie, and will set out specific actions to reduce those risks and vulnerabilities.

We want to hear from you!

A Public Open House was held at City Hall on December 7, 2016. City staff will be compiling the feedback heard at the meeting to update the strategy.

Anyone who was not able to attend the Open House can provide feedback by filling out this survey. The survey  will close on December 14, 2016.

 City staff and consultants are consulting with the public to:

  • Provide an update on the City’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy;
  • Seek feedback from the community on the overall vision, goals, and principles of the Strategy;
  • Obtain input on priorities for implementing the proposed actions; and
  • Outline the next steps in the process.

The draft adaptation strategy will be reviewed and updated with the feedback from the survey and open house. The strategy will be completed in 2017 and will go to Council for approval

Conference: Building Municipal Resilience in Central Ontario

 In May 2015, the City hosted a conference on climate change. This conference took participants through:

  •  the science of climate change
  • best practices from the City of Barrie and other municipalities
  • risk mitigation
  • emergency management
  • non-governmental organization’s practices and research
  • leading edge case studies
  • adaptation planning

The main take-home message from the event was that climate change is here, and collaborative action must be taken now in order to help our communities become more resilient to extreme weather events. Conference Summary Report

As a followup to the conference, two half-day workshops were facilitated in November 2015 to engage key stakeholders from the City, and develop a framework for the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

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