Climate change is already being experienced in communities throughout the country – flooding, extreme heat, wildfire smoke, rising sea levels, and increased storms – are some of the impacts facing the City of Campbell River.

Meaningful climate change responses draw on the skill-sets and actions of many stakeholders and decision-makers, including municipal staff, local businesses and industry associations, homeowner associations, private sector specialists, health professionals, First Nations, utilities, real estate developers, etc. Each stakeholder has a vital role to play in helping to mitigate the causes of climate change, and adapt to its effects.

The City of Campbell River has partnered with ICLEI Canada (Local Governments for Sustainability) to engage in the Together for Climate: Managing Risk through Community Collaboration project. This two year project is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

The aim of the project is to adopt an action plan by completing the following objectives:

  • Build capacity to engage stakeholders in a community wide planning effort
  • Use climate change modelling data to identify local vulnerabilities
  • Collaboratively assess and prioritize climate risks, and
  • Co-develop an implementation-ready adaptation plan

This innovative project will create lasting change in participant communities by creating and strengthening collaborations within and between municipalities, thus enabling broader regional collaborations in the future.


The development of the Climate Adaptation Plan is being guided by the concerted efforts of the following project partners:

  • Strathcona Regional District
  • Strathcona Emergency Program
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Island Health
  • Greenways Land Trust
  • North Island College
  • BC Ferries
  • Homalco First Nation
  • We Wai Kai First Nation
  • Wei Wai Kum First Nation
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Environmental and Rural Development
  • BC Parks
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Wildfire
  • Campbell River Chamber of Commerce
  • School District 72
  • Campbell River Environment Committee

Together for Project Timeline
Climate Project Timeline 2019

Phase 1: Climate Impacts Workshop

At the initial stakeholder workshop held in November, 2018, future climate projections were presented for the Campbell River region, followed by drafting of impact statements. An impact statement is intended to capture a climatic threat (e.g. rising temperatures), the outcome of the climatic change (e.g. extreme heat event), and the potential consequences associated with the outcome (e.g. heat stress). Impacts identified looked at projected climatic threats and potential effects on built, natural, and human/social systems in our community.

The link below provides an overview of the climate change impact statements generated at the first Together for Climate workshop.

Climate Change Impact Statements
These impact statements are preliminary considerations of potential climate change effects our community may face as they relate to natural, built, economic and social systems. The next phase of the project involved stakeholders conducting a comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessment to prioritize which climate impacts were incorporated into the development of action items for the Climate Adaptation Plan.  

Do you think we've captured everything in the Climate Change Impact Statements report? If not, please tell us what you think we might have missed!  Please submit your region specific impact statements to Your public input will be used for consideration in determining action items within the Climate Adaptation Plan. 

Phase 2: Vulnerability & Risk Assessment

At the beginning of February, three online questionnaires were distributed to 45 local stakeholders to assess the vulnerability of Campbell River to the climate change impacts that were identified in the first local meeting on November 23, 2018. These impacts related to the built/economic, natural, and human/social systems and the score was determined by two factors: sensitivity (susceptibility to climate impact) and adaptive capacity (ability to cope/recover from the impact). The objective of the vulnerability assessment was to:

  1. Employ a first filter to remove any impact statements that were evaluated as being very low vulnerability
  2. Have staff and stakeholders carefully review the impact statements and identify any areas needing modification or missing impacts

Following completion of the surveys, ICLEI removed or combined 12 low-vulnerability impacts with pre-existing impacts to create an updated list of 36 impacts statements.

On March 5th, stakeholders gathered to carry out a risk assessment working session. The objectives of the risk assessment were:

  1. To gain a variety of perspectives on level of risk across impacts and different sectors
  2. Determine potential gaps in expertise to conduct further outreach
  3. Utilize results to help prioritize actions for the Climate Adaptation Plan

Working off the updated list of impact statements, groups were asked to review a statement and assess the likelihood of the projected impact occurring in Campbell River (either slowly over time or as a recurrent event) using the rating criteria below:
Groups then had to assign a known or estimated consequence rating (1-5) of a particular climate change impact to each category listed within social/human, economic, and environmental systems:


Public Health & Safety

Community Well-Being


Cultural Resources



Property Damage

Economic Activity

Infrastructure Services

Public Services



Air Quality

Water Quality


Ecosystem Health

The full 7 stage risk assessment process framework that was used in this working session can be viewed below:

Risk Assessment Framework

The outcomes from this assessment reflect our current understanding of present conditions and anticipated climate projections for the region. ICLEI reviewed the risk assessment from a technical perspective and published a risk assessment report, which prioritizes which impacts affect the community the most and should be addressed and prioritized in the action planning process. The full report can be viewed here:

Risk Assessment Summary Report

Phase 3: Action Planning Development

Action planning is underway. Stay tuned for more details to come soon...


Learn more about how the impacts of climate change affect natural, built, social and economic systems by accessing the resources below.


The work is funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC. We thank them and ICLEI Canada for the support that makes this work possible.

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