Protecting Our Homes and Communities from the Impacts of Climate Change

Strong action is needed to help Canadians prepare for flood, wildfire, drought, coastline erosion, and other extreme weather events worsened by climate change. We have taken real action to protect our environment and grow our economy, but we know that we need to be bigger and bolder in the fight against climate change. The safety and security of Canadians is at stake.

A re-elected Liberal government will:

  • Support retrofits and upgrades to protect against extreme weather.
  • Complete our work with provinces and territories to develop flood maps for higher-risk areas in the next three years.
  • Create a nation-wide flood ready portal so that Canadians have the information they need to make decisions on where and how to build their homes and communities, and how they can protect their homes and communities from flood risk.
  • Take action to protect homeowners who are at high risk of flooding and don’t have adequate insurance protection, by creating a low-cost national flood insurance program.
  • Develop strategies, in partnership with the insurance industry and private sector to lower insurance premiums by identifying cost-effective ways to better protect communities and homes from climate impacts and save people money.
  • Expand the office of the National Security and Intelligence Advisor to keep Canadians safe as climate change increasingly impacts our domestic and global contexts.
  • Create a Climate Adaptation Home Rating Program that will be developed as a companion to the EnerGuide home energy audits.
  • Expand the eligibility requirements of the CMHC deep home retrofit program and Canada Greener Homes Grant to include more climate resilience measures.
  • Finalize Canada’s first-ever National Adaptation Strategy by the end of 2022, which will set clear targets and indicators to measure progress on—and strengthen the business case for—adaptation.
  • Finalize and apply a climate lens to ensure climate adaptation and mitigation considerations are integrated throughout federal government decisionmaking.
  • Work with provinces, territories, and farmers— including Indigenous and young farmers—to update business risk management agriculture programs to fully integrate climate risk management, environmental practices, and climate readiness.