Library of climate resources

This is a collection of links to climate datasets, tools, guidance and related resources. The sources include the federal government, provincial and territorial governments, national professional organizations, climate consortia and established international organizations. It can be useful for impact, vulnerability and risk assessments, and for adaptation planning.

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Explanation of the different resource types
  • data product - downloadable climate dataset
  • tool - builds on a dataset with further analyses and/or visualization
  • guidance - provides direction on the use of climate information or on conducting climate-related assessments
  • additional resources include educational and awareness-raising material, impact assessments and scientific syntheses

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    CSA W204:19 Flood Resilient Design for New Residential Communities (Opens in a new Window)

    The purpose of this Standard is to provide compliance criteria and guidance on the design of flood-resilient new residential communities as it relates to greenfield development. This Standard covers the following considerations: a) design for resilience to address extreme weather events and operational uncertainties; b) storm sewer system design (minor drainage system considerations); c) street design (major overland drainage system considerations); d) sanitary sewer design (wastewater drainage system considerations); e) wastewater pumping station design; and f) considerations for preservation of natural infrastructure and low impact development measures.
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    CSA Group, Standards Council of Canada
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    CSA Z240.10.1:19 Site preparation, foundation, and installation of buildings (Opens in a new Window)

    This is the fifth edition of CSA Z240.10.1, Site preparation, foundation, and installation of buildings. Significant changes to this edition address climate change adaptation with revisions and new provisions. This standard is intended to be referenced by regulatory authorities, land-lease community owners, and building designers and installers so that proper on-site installation of buildings can be achieved.
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    CSA Group, Standards Council of Canada
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    Developing a Stormwater Quality Management Standard (QMS) in Light of a Changing Climate (Opens in a new Window)

    This report explores seeks to understand the role and scope of a risk and quality management standard that could be developed to assist municipalities, engineers and other professional practitioners in designing, operating, maintaining and continuously improving stormwater management systems, in light of a changing climate. It is intended to provide the foundation for a new National Standard of Canada, now being developed as CSA W211 Management Standard for Stormwater Systems by CSA Group, with funding from the Standards Council of Canada.
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    Zizzo Strategy, Credit Valley Conservation, Engineers Canada, Standards Council of Canada
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    Increasing High Wind Safety for Canadian Homes: A Foundational Document for Low-Rise Residential and Small Buildings (Opens in a new Window)

    This report provides the basis for the development of a set of commonly acceptable, relatively straightforward wind risk reduction measures that can be incorporated into new single-family home construction and significant renovations to reduce risk to life, health and property. Measures presented in this document are intended to reduce risk from high winds associated with tornadoes, hurricanes, and other types of extreme weather events.
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    Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University, Standards Council of Canada
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    Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for New Flood-Resilient Residential Communities (Opens in a new Window)

    This report identifies twenty best practices to design and build new residential communities that are flood-resilient. It served as the foundational document for the standard CSA W204:19 Flood Resilient Design for New Residential Communities, developed by CSA Group with funding from the Standards Council of Canada.
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    Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo, Intact Financial Corporation, Standards Council of Canada
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    Reducing the Risk of Inflow and Infilitration (I/I) in New Sewer Construction: A National Foundational Document for the Development of a National Standard of Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    Every year across Canada, billions of litres of clean rain and groundwater leaks or flows into sanitary sewers and on to sewage treatment plants. This entry of excess water into sewers–referred to as inflow and infiltration (I/I)–shortens the lifespan of pipes, takes up capacity in the sewage network, and drives up costs for governments and taxpayers. This report compiles methods that can be applied when sewers are first constructed to limit the risk of I/I.
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    Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Norton Engineering, Engineers Canada, Standards Council of Canada
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    Thermally Comfortable Playgrounds: A review of literature and survey of experts (Opens in a new Window)

    This report collects the latest research and practical knowledge into one document. It draws upon a literature review and a survey of experts while summarizing design practices and site features that create safe and comfortable playgrounds for all seasons of play. The report considers factors such as natural and artificial shade features, material and colour selection for equipment and surfaces, and playground equipment placement before presenting a set of evidence-based recommendations that can be included in equipment and design standards.
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    National Program for Playground Safety - University of Northern Iowa, Standards Council of Canada
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    Weathering the Storm: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Existing Communities (Opens in a new Window)

    This report outlines steps homeowners can take and solutions communities can implement to prevent flooding. It is also intended as a foundational document for a new National Standard of Canada, now being developed as CSA W204 Prioritizing flood-resilience work in existing residential communities by CSA Group, with funding from the Standards Council of Canada.
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    Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo, Intact Financial Corporation, Standards Council of Canada, National Research Council of Canada
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