The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, has publicly launched The Climate Lens today as part of the Investing in Canada plan.

The Climate Lens will help infrastructure owners design better, climate-smart projects. It will do so through (1) assessing opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and (2) identifying when and how investments should be planned and designed to better withstand impacts of climate change (e.g. severe weather, floods, sea-level rise, etc.). The Climate Lens guidance, is now available via Infrastructure Canada’s website and a General Guidance document has been prepared to explain the required approach, define the scope of the assessment, and identify the specific information that must be submitted to Infrastructure Canada.

The Climate Lens assessment is a requirement of the Investing in Canada plan bilateral agreements being signed between Infrastructure Canada and the provinces and territories. It will apply to projects with a total estimated cost of over $10million, as well as any project that deals with climate change resilience or greenhouse gas mitigation. The Lens also applies to all projects under the recently launched Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and certain Smart Cities Challenge winning proposals.

Here is a link to the news release and a link the backgrounder.