Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Norfolk County is in the process of developing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The objectives of the project are to:
- Identify the potential climate risks that could be or are currently being experienced within Norfolk County;
- Identify the adaptation actions – physical, ecological, social or institutional – which could be considered by Norfolk County to help avoid the negative impacts of the changing climate;
- Develop an action plan and implementation strategy to help guide staff and decision makers in future climate-related adaptation actions and measures; and
- Establish a foundation of understanding and commitment from stakeholders and the community to support community change and action.
Climate change is a long-term shift in weather conditions identified by changes in temperature, precipitation, winds, and other indicators. Climate change can involve both changes in average conditions and changes in variability, including, for example, extreme events.
Climate Fast Facts
- From 2004 to 2015 insured losses from catastrophic weather disasters in Canada have risen sharply from $375 million/year to $1.2 billion a year (IBC, 2016).
- In 2012 a heat wave in Southern Ontario caused fruit trees to blossom 5 weeks earlier, right before an April frost destroyed, destroying 80% of the blossoms and costing $100 million dollars (IBC, 2016).
- In 2019 multiple Lake Erie flood events caused significant damage to Norfolk County homes, businesses, and public areas.
- Climate-related events have already begun to incur a steep cost onto Canadians far and wide, and that number is only predicated to rise.
- In 2011, the National Round Table on the Economy and the Environment calculated that the costs of climate change in Canada could grow to be between $21-$43 billion by the year 2050, almost 1% of the estimated total GDP- a cost that will have to be partially shouldered by local communities and regions.
What is an adaptation plan?
A climate change adaptation plan is a long-term strategy that helps communities deal with the impacts, risks, and opportunities that come with a changing climate. An effective adaptation plan will help reduce those costs and impacts for Norfolk County and help create a more sustainable and resilient community.
In early 2019, Norfolk County was awarded a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) grant to tackle critical issues related to climate change County-wide. Part of the funding is being used to develop the adaptation plan, which is scheduled to be completed in June 2020. Our project process and milestones are illustrated below.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the above preliminary timeline has been extended to fall 2020. The draft Plan will be available for public feedback until August 31, 2020, with Council consideration of the draft Plan and public feedback in fall 2020.
This project is about learning from staff, decision-makers, residents and stakeholders found within Norfolk County. We want to hear from you about your experiences, questions, concerns, and priorities related to climate change.
A draft Norfolk County Climate Change Adaptation Plan has been prepared and the Norfolk County Climate Change Committee is looking for feedback! Click the link below to access the draft Plan and provide comments and survey feedback to the Plan.
Click on the image below to access the plan
Click on the image below to access the interactive survey
Learn more about climate change and how it affects Norfolk County below:
- Climate Atlas of Canada https://climateatlas.ca/
- Norfolk County Funding Announcement https://www.norfolkcounty.ca/news/new-funding-to-help-norfolk-county-adapt-to-climate-change/
If you have any additional questions please contact one of the following study representatives:
Michael Simoes, P. Eng., CEMMichael.Simoes@norfolkcounty.ca
519-582-2100 ext. 1401
Claire Basinski, MCIP, RPP, IAP2Claire.Basinski@wsp.com