In 2008 Natural Resources Canada announced a federal Regional Adaptation Collaborative funding program for adaptation to climate change. The funding program would fund 6 Regional Adaptation Collaborative across Canada.
Interested organizations were asked to submit a Letter of Interest. The four Atlantic Departments of Environment led by New Brunswick, developed a partnership and submitted a Letter of Interest in the fall of 2008. In the winter of 2009 NRCan asked the Atlantic Provinces to prepare a full proposal based on the submitted Letter of Interest. We collaborated as provinces and with over 100 non-profit and for profit partners submitted a full proposal in August 2009.
The primary partners are:
- Nova Scotia Department of Environment
- New Brunswick Department of Environment
- Prince Edward Island Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry
- Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation
- Insurance Bureau of Canada
- Atlantic Planners Institute
- The four Atlantic Engineering Associations
- The Atlantic Municipal Associations/Unions
- Natural Resources Canada
The Atlantic RAC proposal includes over 25 collaborative projects spread across Atlantic Canada for a total value of approximately $8.4 million. The proposed projects will begin in Spring 2010 and be completed by November 2012.
Total budget for New Brunswick cash and in-kind is $2,068,499.
The intent of the projects is to address adaptation issues common to the four Atlantic Provinces.
Examples of projects:
- Dykeland Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Project - (Amherst, NS and Sackville, NB) will determine potential impacts of a changing climate on infrastructure and land uses.
- Sea-Level Rise and Erosion Risk and Vulnerability Assessments - (Le Goulet, NB; City of Summerside, PE; Minus Basin, NS; Stephenville Crossing, NL). These projects will determine the impact of present and future sea-level rise on the existing built environment.
- Groundwater Quality and Quantity Assessment - three of the Atlantic Provinces will test a salt water intrusion model in theTown of Richibucto, NB, City of Summerside, PE, Minus Basin, NS to determine the impact of salt water intrusion on municipal aquifers. This will assist the communities in finding a sustainable source of potable water.
- Inland Flooding Risk and Vulnerability Assessment - (For example: Town of Rothesay, NB; Town of Stratford, PE; Bay Roberts, NL; Halifax Regional Municipality, NS). These projects will examine how increased precipitation and flooding will impact infrastructure and land uses.
- Surface Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment Tool - (Insurance Bureau of Canada). This tool will be tested in approximately 12 communities in Atlantic Canada of a variety of sizes and types, which will allow municipalities to better understand the present and future risks to their municipal infrastructure.
The deliverables of all the projects will create tools and approaches which will be made available throughout the region and assist Atlantic communities address climate change at the municipal level by working with municipal staff, professional land use planners and professional engineers.
The deliverables include:
- Model by-laws on adaptation for municipalities
- Proposed changes to municipal land use plans
- Proposed changes to infrastructure design standards
- Proposed changes to municipal emergency management plans
- An Atlantic climate change adaptation tool kit
- Build the capacity of professional engineers, planners and municipal officials by supporting learning experiences on adaptation