Climate Adaptation Plan
Prince Edward Island’s Climate Adaptation Plan provides a concrete roadmap for the province to better prepare for the future while lessening climate change’s impacts on Island residents.
Building Resilience: Climate Adaptation Plan includes action items to support vulnerable populations, primary industries, and the province’s natural habitat.
More robust systems, infrastructure and ecosystems can help the province become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
The plan contains six themes:
- disaster resilience and response
- resilient communities
- climate ready industries
- health and mental well-being
- natural habitat and biodiversity
- knowledge and capacity
Why do we need a Climate Adaptation Plan?
Climate change will have significant impacts on Prince Edward Island, affecting our people, economy, and our environment.
Coastal hazards have been identified as the most severe climate-related hazard for Prince Edward Island, followed by post-tropical storms, heat waves, and heavy precipitation and flooding events.
The development of a Climate Adaptation Plan will outline government-wide actions that will help us prepare and better withstand the impacts of these hazards on the people, places and economy of PEI.
Who has been engaged?
The development and implementation of a successful Climate Adaptation Plan requires effective collaboration with federal, provincial, municipal, and Indigenous governments, stakeholders, and the public. The province has been gathering input from all of these groups since the beginning of 2022.
Read about the feedback in the Climate Adaptation: What We Heard report.
What opportunities were available for the public to offer input?
People living on PEI were invited to share their ideas at any of the six regional engagement sessions which took place across the Island in May:
- Georgetown (Kings Playhouse), May 9th
- Souris (Souris Regional School), May 10th
- Charlottetown (CAST Building, Holland College), May 11th
- Summerside (Credit Union Place), May 16th
- North Rustico (Watermark Theatre), May 17th
- Alberton (Holland College, West Prince Campus), May 18th
French interpretation was provided for the sessions in Summerside and North Rustico.
Input was welcome by email and through an online survey which was available from May 9 to June 3, 2022.
Questions on the development of the Climate Adaptation Plan can be made in French or English by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get more information about climate change impacts?
The Province’s recently-released Climate Change Risk Assessment (Fall 2021) considered seven climate hazard scenarios — coastal erosion, post-tropical storm, heat wave, heavy precipitation and flooding, severe ice storm, earlier, warmer springs, and seasonal drought — and their consequences upon health, social stability, environment, infrastructure and economic sectors. Learn more about the PEI Climate Change Risk Assessment.
The Province released updated coastal flood hazard maps in November 2021, depicting the extent of flood hazard across the Island. Learn more about coastal hazards on PEI.