On July 22, 2019 the Government of BC released a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia to help better understand climate-related risks in BC and develop appropriate measures to these risks. This is the first provincial-scale climate risk assessment in Canada, and the first phase of an initiative to better understand climate related risks in BC.

The report addresses 15 provincially significant climate risk events for BC, and evaluates the likelihood of said events occurring both now and in 2050 based on high global emissions. The results also discuss the health, social, and economic consequences of the risks.

The results of the report illustrate that the greatest risks to BC are:

  • Severe wildfire
  • Seasonal water shortage
  • Heat wave
  • Ocean acidification
  • Glacier loss
  • Long term water shortage

The findings show that nearly all risk even scenarios would have major province-wide consequences in at least one area.

The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) is working to understand Indigenous perspectives on B.C.’s changing climate and to collaborate with Indigenous communities to build on their resilience in the face of climate change. Going forward, CAS also plans to customize and pilot the risk assessment for use in provincial ministries and for regional governments, so they can better understand and respond to emerging climate risks.

Read the full report.