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Climate Change Adaptation

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.

Vision:  Barrie will adapt to changing Climate Change conditions and embrace new opportunities to remain a vibrant, healthy and sustainable waterfront community.

Mission:  The City of Barrie will demonstrate leadership by taking progressive and innovative steps to achieve the vision of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.  We have a responsibility to anticipate and prepare for potential impacts of Climate Change on our community. The City is committed to taking action in the face of uncertainty.

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The City wants to hear your thoughts on the Climate Change Implementation Plan! Share you input by completing a brief online survey here.

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

The City has developed a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to build community resilience to the risks inherent in Climate Change.  The development of the strategy was guided by ICLEI Canada's  Building Adaptation and Resilient Communities (BARC) program.  A five milestone adaptation planning framework for local governments.

The purpose of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is to mainstream adaptation actions into City operations and to reduce the risk Climate Change poses to Barrie’s physical, economic, social and ecological systems.


There are seven goals in the Strategy, which outline high level intentions the Barrie will strive towards:

  1. Maintain Public Health and Safety
  2. Minimize Risk to Buildings and Properties
  3. Strengthen Infrastructure Resilience
  4. Help Local Businesses and the Tourism Industry Adapt to Changing Conditions
  5. Protect Biodiversity and Enhance Ecosystem Functions
  6. Minimize Disruption to Community Services
  7. Build Community Resilience

Each goal outlines numerous actions for the City and community to undertake to build resiliency to anticipated impacts of Climate Change.

Preparing for Implementation

The City is currently working on the next phase of Barrie’s Climate Change Adaptation process: creating an Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan will outline how the City will ‘walk the walk’ to achieve the actions set out in the Strategy, as well as setting a framework to monitor and report on progress.

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