About – Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program
Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) provides funding for climate change adaptation projects in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Eeyou Istchee Territory and NunatuKavut.
The Climate Change Preparedness in the North program (CCPN) adopts a collaborative approach to climate adaptation by working with Indigenous and northern communities, territorial and regional governments and other stakeholders to identify priorities for climate change adaptation in the North. The program works alongside the regional Climate Change Committees on Adaptation to ensure that projects are created and implemented using the knowledge and experiences of Indigenous and northern communities. The program provides support to northern communities and organizations to help them adapt to climate change impacts by funding the following types of projects:
- vulnerability and risk assessment of climate change impacts
- development of hazard maps and adaptation plans
- development of adaptation options
- implementation of non-structural and structural adaptation measures
Here are some examples of adaptation measures:
- Development of new bylaws for land management or community development plans that take into account climate change.
- Revision of procedures for proper drainage, snow build-up removal along homes or roads.
- Creation of guidance or best practices documents related to climate change adaptation.
- Redesign, retrofit or upgrade vulnerable or at-risk infrastructure assets in areas affected by permafrost degradation.
- Implementation of flood-proof standards for communities in flood risk areas.
- Implementation of coastal erosion prevention measures for at-risk infrastructure.