Climate Change Impact Adaptation Planning

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Climate change impacts are worsening globally and locally here in Hamilton. These impacts could include but are not limited to more shoreline and escarpment erosion causing infrastructure damage, more frequent and severe storms, increase number of extreme heat events, and more precipitation leading to flooding. Climate Change Impact Adaptation Planning will help to minimize the impacts on our residents and businesses, especially those most vulnerable to these impacts, to help reduce recovery time and costs.

In order to create Hamilton’s Climate Change Impact Adaptation Plan the City of Hamilton is asking all stakeholders who are interested to participate. There will be a series of engagement activities to identify and prioritize projects, and inform implementation plans with the goal of increasing the resiliency of our City and our community.

Project background

The City of Hamilton is working with ICLEI Canada through their Building Adaptive Resilient Communities (BARC) framework. This program offers a comprehensive way to respond to the impacts of climate change, develop and implement an adaptation plan, and protect the people, property, and prosperity of our community.

City staff consulted with community stakeholders in a series of workshops in 2016 and 2017 about which projected impacts were of the greatest concern, creating a prioritized ranking. Following engagement of City staff and community stakeholders undertaken in 2020 and 2021, a Hamilton’s finalized list of Priority Climate Impacts has been updated and is now complete.

We are currently working to finalize a prioritized list of Adaptive Actions to form the basis of the Climate Impact Adaptation Plan. Following this, we will engage with the community to inform how and when to implement these actions.

City of Hamilton Future Climate Projections

A summary of climate data for the City of Hamilton (as defined by the Climate Atlas of Canada it summarizes data from 24 climate models). The purpose of this report is to inform how the climate is projected to change from now until predominantly the 2080s, and to provide direction for the assessment of climate risk and eventual adaptation actions for both municipalities.

Hamilton Climate Science Full Report (PDF, 936 KB)

Hamilton Climate Science Infographic (PDF, 2 MB)

Climate change impacts are worsening globally and locally here in Hamilton. These impacts could include but are not limited to more shoreline and escarpment erosion causing infrastructure damage, more frequent and severe storms, increase number of extreme heat events, and more precipitation leading to flooding. Climate Change Impact Adaptation Planning will help to minimize the impacts on our residents and businesses, especially those most vulnerable to these impacts, to help reduce recovery time and costs.

In order to create Hamilton’s Climate Change Impact Adaptation Plan the City of Hamilton is asking all stakeholders who are interested to participate. There will be a series of engagement activities to identify and prioritize projects, and inform implementation plans with the goal of increasing the resiliency of our City and our community.

Project background

The City of Hamilton is working with ICLEI Canada through their Building Adaptive Resilient Communities (BARC) framework. This program offers a comprehensive way to respond to the impacts of climate change, develop and implement an adaptation plan, and protect the people, property, and prosperity of our community.

City staff consulted with community stakeholders in a series of workshops in 2016 and 2017 about which projected impacts were of the greatest concern, creating a prioritized ranking. Following engagement of City staff and community stakeholders undertaken in 2020 and 2021, a Hamilton’s finalized list of Priority Climate Impacts has been updated and is now complete.

We are currently working to finalize a prioritized list of Adaptive Actions to form the basis of the Climate Impact Adaptation Plan. Following this, we will engage with the community to inform how and when to implement these actions.

City of Hamilton Future Climate Projections

A summary of climate data for the City of Hamilton (as defined by the Climate Atlas of Canada it summarizes data from 24 climate models). The purpose of this report is to inform how the climate is projected to change from now until predominantly the 2080s, and to provide direction for the assessment of climate risk and eventual adaptation actions for both municipalities.

Hamilton Climate Science Full Report (PDF, 936 KB)

Hamilton Climate Science Infographic (PDF, 2 MB)

  • Actions Workshop Recap - October 5, 2021

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    On October 5, the City of Hamilton held a community workshop focusing on possible actions to address the climate impacts of greatest concern to our community stakeholders.

    Watch video recordings of the three presentations at this workshop, including project progress so far, climate change and equity, and the workshop activity.

    Video 1: Learn about the basics of Climate Change Impact Adaptation Planning and the progress the City of Hamilton has made to date, in evaluating the risks and vulnerabilities of predicted climate impacts, and the impacts considered most concerning by the Hamilton community.

    Video 2: A brief presentation on why and how the climate emergency can affect inequality, and how social and economic inequalities can exacerbate climate impacts.

    Video 3: Instructions on how to complete the workshop activity.

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