Corporate Preparedness

Endorsed by Council in May 2011, town staff is working with ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, to create and implement their national Building Adaptive and Resilient Cities (BARC) municipal milestone program town-wide Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

ICLEI’s five milestones for climate change adaptation methodology provides a structured approach to adaptation planning which moves participating local governments through a series of progressive steps. Each milestone builds on the findings of the previous milestone, however, the methodology as a whole provides opportunities to re-evaluate and review findings and decisions.

Milestone 1 and 2 were completed in 2011 and 2012 while Milestone 3 is awarded upon the endorsement of a formal adaptation strategy which was received by Council on September 22, 2014.  Milestone 4 was awarded to staff for completing one year of implementation of the town's strategy, this was presented to Council with the Climate Change Strategy Implementation Report on November 9, 2015.

Once the climatic changes and impacts were realized, town staff worked to identify what actions could be taken by both staff and residents that would help to achieve the vision and objectives of this adaptation initiative.

Vision

To build the town’s resiliency to the impacts of a changing climate.

Objectives

  1. To increase the town’s capacity to protect against and respond to projected climate change impacts.
  2. To educate through effective and efficient means of communication.
  3. To monitor the implementation of adaptation actions and goals in order to make continuous operational improvements.

The development of the internal Climate Change Strategy — Technical Report and Oakville’s Climate Change Primer work to fulfill the above vision and related objectives.