Canada unveils plan to reduce climate impacts amid record wildfire season | FULL


Canada’s plan to make communities more resilient to climate change came out on Tuesday, and it was presented by ministers Steven Guilbeault, Jonathan Wilkinson and Bill Blair in Vancouver.

“In short, this is a whole of society plan to reduce the risk and prepare communities for climate impacts,” Guilbeault said during the press conference.

The national adaptation strategy is similar to the draft published last fall, which included targets to shore up resistance to wildfires, extreme heat and major storms, such as hurricanes.

That includes measures to protect people from extreme heat, updated flood maps for high-risk areas and public education about the specific risks people might face in their own communities. The federal government consulted with provinces and territories over the past seven months to get their buy-in to the plan, which will need all levels of government to work together.

The plan comes as Canada is facing its worst wildfire season on record, breaking the record Monday for the most area burned due to fire in a single year in less than six months.

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